A Historical Look at the Chiefs' Second-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 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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YEAR PICK PLAYER POSITION GAMES WITH KC SCHOOL
2018 46 Breeland Speaks LB 16 Mississippi
2017 59 Tanoh Kpassagnon DE 29 Villanova
2016 37 Chris Jones DT 48 Mississippi State
2015 49 Mitch Morse G 49 Missouri
2012 44 Jeff Allen T 54 Illinois
2011 55 Rodney Hudson C 51 Florida State
2010 50 Javier Arenas DB 47 Alabama
2010 36 Dexter McCluster WR 58 Mississippi
2008 35 Brandon Flowers DB 88 Virginia Tech
2007 54 Turk McBride DT 25 Tennessee
2006 54 Bernard Pollard DB 48 Purdue
2004 61 Kris Wilson TE 49 Pittsburgh
2004 36 Junior Siavii DT 26 Oregon
2003 47 Kawika Mitchell LB 59 South Florida
2002 43 Eddie Freeman DE 20 Alabama - Birmingham
2000 54 William Bartee DB 87 Oklahoma
1999 54 Mike Cloud RB 56 Boston College
1997 47 Kevin Lockett WR 59 Kansas State
1996 58 Reggie Tongue DB 63 Oregon State
1994 58 Donnell Bennett RB 86 Miami (FL)
1992 40 Matt Blundin QB 2 Virginia
1991 50 Joe Valerio C 61 Pennsylvania
1990 40 Tim Grunhard C 169 Notre Dame
1989 32 Mike Elkins QB 1 Wake Forest
1987 35 Christian Okoye RB 79 Azusa Pacific
1986 35 Dino Hackett LB 85 Appalachian State
1985 41 Jonathan Hayes TE 136 Iowa
1984 34 Scott Radecic LB 48 Penn State
1983 34 Dave Lutz T 139 Georgia Tech
1982 46 Calvin Daniels LB 57 North Carolina
1981 41 Joe Delaney RB 23 Northwestern State (LA)
1978 29 Sylvester Hicks DE 43 Tennessee State
1977 37 Tony Reed RB 56 Colorado
1976 41 Cliff Frazier DT 14 UCLA
1975 34 Elmore Stephens TE 0 Kentucky
1974 41 Charlie Getty T 119 Penn State
1973 27 Gary Butler TE 14 Rice
1971 42 Scott Lewis DE 0 Grambling State
1971 39 Wilbur Young DE 94 William Penn
1970 52 Clyde Werner LB 63 Washington
1969 48 Ed Podolak RB 104 Iowa
1968 48 Mike Livingston QB 91 SMU
1967 50 Willie Lanier  LB 149 Morgan State
1967 47 Jim Lynch LB 151 Notre 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.

1982 Kansas City Chiefs

- 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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