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 three 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.
Let’s begin with the seventh round, where Kansas City currently holds one pick in this year’s draft (the No. 216 overall selection). As of now, the Chiefs are set to pick in the final round for the first time since 2015.
For a look at all the Chiefs’ selections, click here.
A notable player selected with the No. 216 overall pick in NFL history is former Carolina Panthers’ defensive back Captain Munnerlyn, who went from a seventh-round pick in 2009 to a 10-year veteran.
Here’s a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the seventh round since 1967.
|YEAR||PICK||PLAYER||POSITION||GAMES WITH KC||SCHOOL|
|2015||233||Da'Ron Brown||WR||0||Northern Illinois|
|2012||218||Jerome Long||DL||0||San Diego State|
|2009||256||Ryan Succop||K||80||South Carolina|
|2009||212||Javarris Williams||RB||4||Tennessee State|
|2009||237||Jake O'Connell||TE||35||Miami (OH)|
|2008||239||Mike Merritt||TE||0||Central Florida|
|2007||231||Michael Allan||TE||0||Whitworth (WA)|
|2005||238||Jeremy Parquet||OL||0||Southern Miss|
|2003||252||Willie Pile||DB||16||Virginia Tech|
|2003||230||Montique Sharpe||DL||5||Wake Forest|
|2002||221||Maurice Rodriguez||LB||0||Fresno State|
|2001||212||Shaunard Harts||DB||51||Boise State|
|2001||243||Terdell Sands||DL||0||Tennessee - Chattanooga|
|1996||245||Darrell Williams||DB||0||Tennessee State|
|1994||219||Tracy Greene||TE||7||Grambling State|
|1990||180||Dave Szott||OL||142||Penn State|
|1987||186||Doug Hudson||QB||1||Nicholls State|
|1985||180||Vince Thompson||DL||0||Missouri Western|
|1985||183||Dave Heffernan||OL||0||Miami (FL)|
|1983||173||Ken Thomas||RB||14||San Jose State|
|1983||179||Daryl Posey||RB||0||Mississippi College|
|1979||167||Ken Kremer||DL||87||Ball State|
|1974||172||LeRoy Hegge||DL||0||South Dakota - Springfield|
|1972||179||Dean Carlson||QB||0||Iowa State|
|1970||182||Clyde Glosson||WR||0||Texas - El Paso|
|1969||179||Tom Nettles||WR||0||San Diego State|
|1967||183||Dick Erickson||OL||0||Wisconsin - Stout|
- Twenty-seven of Kansas City’s 56 seventh-round draft picks went on to appear in a game for the Chiefs, combining to play in 1,036 total contests.
- The Chiefs have selected one future Pro Bowler in the seventh round since 1967 - defensive back Kevin Ross, who was drafted in 1984. Ross made the Pro Bowl in 1989 and 1990. He was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2011.
- Ross wore a Chiefs’ uniform in the most games of any seventh-round pick in franchise history, taking the field 156 times. Offensive tackle Dave Szott (142) and defensive back Eric Warfield (115) are the only other seventh-round selections to appear in at least 100 games for Kansas City.
- Defensive lineman Mike Catapano, who was selected out of Yale in 2013, is the last seventh-rounder to appear in a game for Kansas City.
- Defensive back and offensive lineman are tied for the two most-selected positions with 10 each.
- Kicker Ryan Succop, who has played for the Tennessee Titans since 2013, is the only one of Kansas City’s seventh-round picks that is still active.
- Former wide receiver Danan Hughes appeared in 85 games for Kansas City after being selected in the seventh round of the 1993 Draft.