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 next two weeks leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft, we’re going to take 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 continue with the fourth round, where the Chiefs do not currently own a pick in this year’s draft. Kansas City sent the selection to the Buffalo Bills back in 2017 in exchange for linebacker Reggie Ragland.
The Chiefs selected safety Armani Watts in the fourth round (No. 124) of the 2018 Draft. Watts played in five games for Kansas City before suffering a season-ending core muscle injury in early October. The Texas A&M product showed flashes of potential during his brief time on the field, tallying a pass defensed and a sack on the year following a strong preseason.
Here’s a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the fourth round since 1967.
|YEAR||PICK||PLAYER||POSITION||GAMES WITH KC||SCHOOL|
|2018||124||Armani Watts||S||5||Texas A&M|
|2012||107||Devon Wylie||WR||6||Fresno State|
|2009||102||Donald Washington||DB||32||Ohio State|
|2005||116||Craphonso Thorpe||WR||0||Florida State|
|2004||126||Jared Allen||DE||61||Idaho State|
|2003||113||Brett Williams||T||5||Florida State|
|2002||107||Omar Easy||FB||37||Penn State|
|2001||107||Monty Beisel||LB||58||Kansas State|
|1998||120||Greg Favors||LB||16||Mississippi State|
|1994||127||Bracy Walker||DB||56||North Carolina|
|1990||96||Fred Jones||WR||41||Grambling State|
|1986||87||Tom Baugh||C||29||Southern Illinois|
|1984||90||Mark Robinson||DB||48||Penn State|
|1983||92||Ron Wetzel||TE||16||Arizona State|
|1982||100||Louis Haynes||LB||11||North Texas|
|1981||97||Ron Washington||WR||0||Arizona State|
|1980||94||Dave Klug||LB||26||Concordia-Moorhead (MN)|
|1979||85||Frank Manumaleuga||LB||35||San Jose State|
|1978||85||Danny Johnson||LB||0||Tennessee State|
|1977||95||Darius Helton||G||6||North Carolina Central|
|1977||92||Mark Bailey||RB||27||Long Beach State|
|1973||89||John Lohmeyer||DT||41||Emporia State|
|1971||94||David Robinson||TE||0||Jacksonville State|
|1967||104||Ron Zwernemann||G||0||Texas A&M-Commerce|
- Forty-two of Kansas City’s 54 fourth-round picks since 1967 went on to suit up for the Chiefs, playing in a combined 1,502 games.
- The Chiefs selected defensive end Jared Allen in the fourth round of the 2004 Draft, who blossomed into one of the league’s top pass-rushers almost right away. In his four years with Kansas City from 2004-07, Allen led the NFL in tackles for loss (56), ranked second in sacks (43.0), fifth in quarterback hits (39) and sixth in forced fumbles (13). Allen was traded to the Minnesota Vikings ahead of the 2008 season, providing Kansas City with the selection that was used on tailback Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs’ all-time leading rusher.
- Center Jack Rudnay played in the most games of any fourth-round pick in franchise history (178).
- In addition to Rudnay, linebacker Donnie Edwards (117) and offensive tackle Matt Herkenhoff (125) each played in at least 100 games for the Chiefs.
- The Chiefs have drafted more wide receivers (12) than any other position in the fourth round, doing so with two of their last three fourth-round picks (Jehu Chesson and Demarcus Robinson).