A Historical Look at the Chiefs' First-Round Draft Picks

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.

Over the last three weeks leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft, we’ve taken a look back at who the Kansas City Chiefs have selected in each round since the event’s beginnings 52 years ago.

For a look at all of the Chiefs’ selections in this year’s draft, click here.

Here is what we’ve covered so far:

We’ll wrap up this series with the first round, where the Chiefs currently own the No. 29 overall pick in this year’s draft. There have been plenty of notable players selected with that exact pick in NFL history, including Oakland Raiders’ offensive guard Steve Wisniewski (No. 29 in 1989), New York Jets’ center Nick Mangold (No. 29 in 2006) and Minnesota Vikings' safety Harrison Smith (No. 29 in 2012).

The Chiefs didn’t have a pick in the first round last year, as the selection was part of the trade that landed quarterback Patrick Mahomes a year prior. As General Manager Brett Veach said last week, it ended up being a pretty good deal.

Here’s a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the first round since 1967:

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YEAR PICK PLAYER POSITION GAMES WITH KC SCHOOL
2017 10 Patrick Mahomes QB 17 Texas Tech
2015 18 Marcus Peters CB 45 Washington
2014 23 Dee Ford LB 67 Auburn
2013 1 Eric Fisher T 94 Central Michigan
2012 11 Dontari Poe DT 78 Memphis
2011 26 Jonathan Baldwin WR 26 Pittsburgh
2010 5 Eric Berry DB 89 Tennessee
2009 3 Tyson Jackson DE 74 LSU
2008 15 Branden Albert G 85 Virginia
2008 5 Glenn Dorsey DT 66 LSU
2007 23 Dwayne Bowe WR 118 LSU
2006 20 Tamba Hali DE 177 Penn State
2005 15 Derrick Johnson LB 182 Texas
2003 27 Larry Johnson RB 75 Penn State
2002 6 Ryan Sims DT 59 North Carolina
2000 21 Sylvester Morris WR 15 Jackson State
1999 14 John Tait T 75 BYU
1998 27 Victor Riley T 48 Auburn
1997 13 Tony Gonzalez TE 190 California
1996 28 Jerome Woods DB 128 Memphis
1995 31 Trezelle Jenkins T 9 Michigan
1994 25 Greg Hill RB 63 Texas A&M
1992 20 Dale Carter DB 104 Tennessee
1991 21 Harvey Williams RB 35 LSU
1990 13 Percy Snow LB 30 Michigan State
1989 4 Derrick Thomas  LB 169 Alabama
1988 2 Neil Smith DE 138 Nebraska
1987 19 Paul Palmer RB 27 Temple
1986 7 Brian Jozwiak G 28 West Virginia
1985 15 Ethan Horton TE 16 North Carolina
1984 21 John Alt T 179 Iowa
1984 5 Bill Maas NT 116 Pittsburgh
1983 7 Todd Blackledge QB 40 Penn State
1982 11 Anthony Hancock WR 59 Tennessee
1981 14 Willie Scott TE 72 South Carolina
1980 11 Brad Budde G 92 USC
1979 23 Steve Fuller QB 52 Clemson
1979 2 Mike Bell DE 135 Colorado State
1978 2 Art Still DE 136 Kentucky
1977 10 Gary Green DB 100 Baylor
1976 14 Rod Walters G 52 Iowa
1974 16 Woody Green RB 28 Arizona State
1972 23 Jeff Kinney RB 50 Nebraska
1971 16 Elmo Wright WR 45 Houston
1970 26 Sid Smith C 42 USC
1969 23 Jim Marsalis DB 78 Tennessee State
1968 22 George Daney G 97 Texas - El Paso
1968 19 Mo Moorman G 72 Texas A&M
1967 24 Gene Trosch DE 27 Miami (FL)

Notes:

- All forty-nine of Kansas City’s first-round picks since 1967 have gone on to suit up for the Chiefs, playing in a combined 3,799 contests.

- 13 of those 49 picks played at least 100 games with Kansas City: tight end Tony Gonzalez (190), linebacker Derrick Johnson (182), offensive tackle John Alt (179), defensive end Tamba Hali (177), linebacker Derrick Thomas (169), defensive end Neil Smith, defensive end Art Still (136), defensive end Mike Bell (135), defensive back Jerome Woods (128), wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (118), nose tackle Bill Maas (116), defensive back Dale Carter (104) and defensive back Gary Green (100).

- The Chiefs have a knack for drafting prolific pass rushers in the first round, as Thomas (126.5), Hali (89.5), Smith (85.5) and Still (73.0) are four of the top five sack artists in franchise history. Thomas was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

- Another player that will find themselves in the Hall of Fame this summer is Gonzalez, who finished his career with the most career catches (1,325), receiving yards (15,127), 100-yard receiving games (31) and second-most touchdowns (114) by a tight end in NFL history.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) celebrates a touchdown during the Nov. 4, 2007 home game against the Green Bay Packers.  The Chiefs lost 22-33.

- Speaking of records, Johnson owns the mark for the most tackles (1,262) in franchise history.

- The Chiefs have selected more players from LSU (4) in the first round than any other school.

- Kansas City has drafted more offensive linemen (12) in the first round than any other position.

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