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

Exploring who the Chiefs have taken in the second round of the NFL Draft over the years

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 week 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 second round, where the Chiefs currently own the No. 61 and No. 63 overall selections in this year's draft. There have been plenty of notable players taken with those exact pick over the years, including Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins (No. 61 in 1996), former Chiefs' defensive back Albert Lewis (No. 61 in 1983), Browns' wide receiver Jarvis Landry (No. 63 in 2014) and Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce (No. 63 in 2013).

The Chiefs selected edge-rusher Breeland Speaks in the second round last year, grabbing the Ole Miss product with the No. 46 overall selection. Speaks went on to play in all 16 games for Kansas City (4 starts), tallying eight quarterback hits, three tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Here's a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the second round since 1967.

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201846Breeland SpeaksLB16Mississippi
201759Tanoh KpassagnonDE29Villanova
201637Chris JonesDT48Mississippi State
201549Mitch MorseG49Missouri
201244Jeff AllenT54Illinois
201155Rodney HudsonC51Florida State
201050Javier ArenasDB47Alabama
201036Dexter McClusterWR58Mississippi
200835Brandon FlowersDB88Virginia Tech
200754Turk McBrideDT25Tennessee
200654Bernard PollardDB48Purdue
200461Kris WilsonTE49Pittsburgh
200436Junior SiaviiDT26Oregon
200347Kawika MitchellLB59South Florida
200243Eddie FreemanDE20Alabama - Birmingham
200054William BarteeDB87Oklahoma
199954Mike CloudRB56Boston College
199747Kevin LockettWR59Kansas State
199658Reggie TongueDB63Oregon State
199458Donnell BennettRB86Miami (FL)
199240Matt BlundinQB2Virginia
199150Joe ValerioC61Pennsylvania
199040Tim GrunhardC169Notre Dame
198932Mike ElkinsQB1Wake Forest
198735Christian OkoyeRB79Azusa Pacific
198635Dino HackettLB85Appalachian State
198541Jonathan HayesTE136Iowa
198434Scott RadecicLB48Penn State
198334Dave LutzT139Georgia Tech
198246Calvin DanielsLB57North Carolina
198141Joe DelaneyRB23Northwestern State (LA)
197829Sylvester HicksDE43Tennessee State
197737Tony ReedRB56Colorado
197641Cliff FrazierDT14UCLA
197534Elmore StephensTE0Kentucky
197441Charlie GettyT119Penn State
197327Gary ButlerTE14Rice
197142Scott LewisDE0Grambling State
197139Wilbur YoungDE94William Penn
197052Clyde WernerLB63Washington
196948Ed PodolakRB104Iowa
196848Mike LivingstonQB91SMU
196750Willie Lanier LB149Morgan State
196747Jim LynchLB151Notre Dame

- Forty-one of Kansas City's 43 second-round picks since 1967 have gone on to suit up for the Chiefs, playing in a combined 2,716 games.

- The Chiefs took defensive tackle Chris Jones, whose 15.5 sacks ranked third in the NFL last season, during the second round of the 2016 Draft.

- The Chiefs selected Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Willie Lanier in the second round (50th overall) of the 1967 Draft. Lanier played in 149 games for Kansas City, earning eight All-Pro selections and a spot in Canton in 1986.

- Seven of the Chiefs' second-round picks since 1967 went on to play in at least 100 games for Kansas City: center Tim Grunhard (169), linebacker Jim Lynch (151), Lanier (149), offensive tackle Dave Lutz (139), tight end Jonathan Hayes (136), offensive tackle Charlie Getty (119) and running back Ed Podolak (104).

- Though he only played in 23 games for the franchise before his untimely passing, running back Joe Delaney made his mark during his short time in Kansas City. Delaney rushed for 1,121 yards as a rookie after the Chiefs selected him in the second round of the 1981 Draft.


- Another tailback drafted in the second round to make an instant impact for Kansas City was Christian "The Nigerian Nightmare" Okoye, who rushed for 4,897 yards and 40 touchdowns over his six-year career with the Chiefs.

- Nine of Kansas City's second-round picks since 1967 went on to represent the Chiefs in the Pro Bowl: wide receiver Dexter McCluster (2010), cornerback Brandon Flowers (2008), center Tim Grunhard (1990), Okoye (1987), linebacker Dino Hackett (1986), Delaney (1981), quarterback Mike Livingston (1968), linebacker Jim Lynch (1967) and Lanier (1967).

- The Chiefs have drafted more defensive linemen (9) than any other position in the second round since 1967.

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