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.
|YEAR||PICK||PLAYER||POSITION||GAMES WITH KC||SCHOOL|
|2016||37||Chris Jones||DT||48||Mississippi State|
|2011||55||Rodney Hudson||C||51||Florida State|
|2008||35||Brandon Flowers||DB||88||Virginia Tech|
|2003||47||Kawika Mitchell||LB||59||South Florida|
|2002||43||Eddie Freeman||DE||20||Alabama - Birmingham|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|1974||41||Charlie Getty||T||119||Penn State|
|1971||42||Scott Lewis||DE||0||Grambling State|
|1971||39||Wilbur Young||DE||94||William Penn|
|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.
- 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.