A system called the "common draft" was implemented for the AFL and NFL in 1967, creating a joint draft between the two leagues and establishing the precursor for what has become the marquee event of the offseason.
The two leagues merged in 1970, and the rest is history.
In the weeks leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, we're looking back at who the Kansas City Chiefs have selected in each round since the event's beginnings 54 years ago.
Here's a look at what we've covered so far:
We'll continue with the fifth round, where Kansas City currently owns two selections (No. 175 and No. 181 overall) in the upcoming draft. The Chiefs selected defensive end Mike Danna (No. 177 overall) in the fifth round last year.
As of now, these are the selections Kansas City currently has for the 2021 Draft:
No. 31 (Round 1)
No. 63 (Round 2)
No. 94 (Round 3)
No. 136 (Round 4)
No. 144 (Round 4)
No. 175 (Round 5)
No. 181 (Round 5)
No. 207 (Round 6)
And here's a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the fifth round since 1967:
2020 | Pick No. 177 | Mike Danna | DE | Michigan
2017 | Pick No. 183 | Ukeme Eligwe | LB | Georgia Southern
2016 | Pick No. 165 | Tyreek Hill | WR | West Alabama
2016 | Pick No. 162 | Kevin Hogan | QB | Stanford
2015 | Pick No. 173 | James O'Shaughnessy | TE | Illinois St.
2015 | Pick No. 172 | D.J. Alexander | OLB | Oregon St.
2014 | Pick No. 163 | Aaron Murray | QB | Georgia
2013 | Pick No. 134 | Sanders Commings | DB | Georgia
2012 | Pick No. 146 | DeQuan Menzie | DB | Alabama
2011 | Pick No. 140 | Gabe Miller | LB | Oregon St.
2011 | Pick No. 135 | Ricky Stanzi | QB | Iowa
2010 | Pick No. 142 | Cameron Sheffield | DE | Troy
2010 | Pick No. 136 | Kendrick Lewis | DB | Mississippi
2009 | Pick No. 139 | Colin Brown | T | Missouri
2008 | Pick No. 140 | Brandon Carr | DB | Grand Valley St.
2007 | Pick No. 160 | Justin Medlock | K | UCLA
2007 | Pick No. 148 | Kolby Smith | RB | Louisville
2006 | Pick No. 154 | Marcus Maxey | DB | Miami (FL)
2005 | Pick No. 147 | Alphonso Hodge | DB | Miami (OH)
2005 | Pick No. 138 | Boomer Grigsby | LB | Illinois St.
2003 | Pick No. 153 | Jordan Black | T | Notre Dame
2002 | Pick No. 143 | Scott Fujita | LB | California
2001 | Pick No. 150 | Derrick Blaylock | RB | S.F. Austin
2001 | Pick No. 141 | Bill Baber | TE | Virginia
2000 | Pick No. 162 | Pat Dennis | DB | La-Monroe
2000 | Pick No. 153 | Dante Hall | WR | Texas A&M
1998 | Pick No. 128 | Robert Williams | DB | North Carolina
1997 | Pick No. 163 | June Henley | RB | Kansas
1996 | Pick No. 135 | Joe Horn | WR | Itawamba Junior College
1995 | Pick No. 164 | Jerrott Willard | LB | California
1994 | Pick No. 156 | Rob Waldrop | DT | Arizona
1994 | Pick No. 151 | James Burton | DB | Fresno St.
1993 | Pick No. 130 | Lindsay Knapp | G | Notre Dame
1991 | Pick No. 133 | Charles Mincy | DB | Washington
1990 | Pick No. 127 | Ken Hackemack | T | Texas
1990 | Pick No. 124 | Derrick Graham | G | Appalachian St.
1987 | Pick No. 128 | Kitrick Taylor | WR | Washington St.
1985 | Pick No. 126 | Bruce King | RB | Purdue
1984 | Pick No. 134 | Jeff Paine | LB | Texas A&M
1984 | Pick No. 117 | Eric Holle | NT | Texas
1983 | Pick No. 119 | Jim Arnold | P | Vanderbilt
1982 | Pick No. 130 | Del Thompson | RB | Texas-El Paso
1981 | Pick No. 124 | Todd Thomas | C | North Dakota
1980 | Pick No. 115 | Dan Pensick | DT | Nebraska
1980 | Pick No. 114 | Carlos Carson | WR | LSU
1979 | Pick No. 112 | Earl Gant | RB | Missouri
1978 | Pick No. 134 | Robert Woods | WR | Grambling St.
1978 | Pick No. 118 | Dwight Carey | DT | Texas-Arlington
1978 | Pick No. 112 | Jerrold McRae | WR | Tennessee St.
1976 | Pick No. 144 | Jimbo Elrod | LB | Oklahoma
1976 | Pick No. 137 | Willie Lee | DT | Bethune-Cookman
1973 | Pick No. 120 | Fred Grambau | DE | Michigan
1972 | Pick No. 127 | Milt Davis | DE | Texas-Arlington
1971 | Pick No. 120 | Mike Adamle | RB | Northwestern
1970 | Pick No. 130 | Mike Oriard | C | Notre Dame
1969 | Pick No. 126 | Bob Stein | LB | Minnesota
- Forty-one of the Chiefs' 57 fifth-round picks went on to play for Kansas City, combining to appear in 1,324 contests.
- Defensive end Mike Danna, who the Chiefs selected with the No. 177 overall pick in 2020, tallied six quarterback hits, four tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks last season.
- Former wide receiver Carlos Carson, who was inducted into the Ring of Honor in 2017, played in the most games (120) in a Chiefs' uniform of any fifth-round pick in franchise history.
- The Chiefs drafted Dante Hall, one of the top return men in NFL history, with the No. 153 overall pick in the 2000 Draft. Hall returned 13 total kicks for scores during his seven years in Kansas City, setting an NFL record with a return touchdown in four-straight games during the 2003 campaign.
- Kansas City selected Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill with the No. 165 pick in 2017. Hill, who's established himself as one of the most electric players in all of football, owns a league-most 19 touchdowns of at least 50 yards since 2016.
- In addition to Carson, Hall (97 games) and Hill (59), safety Kendrick Lewis, cornerback Brandon Carr (64), offensive guard Derrick Graham (52), defensive tackle Eric Holle (56) and linebacker Bob Stein (50) all played in at least 50 games for Kansas City.
- The Chiefs have selected more players from Notre Dame (3) in the fifth round than any other school.
- Kansas City has selected 10 defensive backs in the fifth round over the years, more than any other position group.