A Historical Look at the Chiefs’ Sixth-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 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.

We covered the seventh round on Monday and will continue with the sixth round, where the Chiefs hold the No. 201 and 214 overall selections in the 2019 Draft.

For a look at all of the Chiefs’ selections, click here.

There have been some notable players taken with each of the Chiefs’ exact sixth-round selections in NFL history, including former Atlanta Falcons’ running back Jamal Anderson (No. 201 in 1994), Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Charlie Brown (No. 201 in 1981) and Houston Oilers’ Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ken Houston (No. 214 in 1967).

The Chiefs had two sixth-round picks last year, using them on cornerback and return man Tremon Smith (No. 196 overall) and offensive guard Kahlil McKenzie (No. 198 overall).

Smith impressed on special teams throughout the 2018 campaign, taking over as the Chiefs’ primary return man on kickoffs in Week 6. The Central Arkansas product even earned himself some recognition following the season, garnering a spot on Pro Football Focus’ Second-Team All-Pro squad and the PFWA All-Rookie team. McKenzie, meanwhile, didn’t appear in a game but spent all season on the Chiefs’ active roster as the former defensive tackle made the transition to guard.

Here’s a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the sixth round since 1967.

Table inside Article
YEAR PICK PLAYER POSITION GAMES WITH KC SCHOOL
2018 198 Kahlil McKenzie OG 0 Tennessee
2018 196 Tremon Smith CB 14 Central Arkansas
2017 218 Leon McQuay S 1 USC
2016 203 Dadi Nicolas DE 11 Virginia Tech
2016 178 D.J. White CB 11 Georgia Tech
2015 217 Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT 34 Southern Miss
2014 200 Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OL 41 McGill (Canada)
2014 193 Zach Fulton G 63 Tennessee
2013 204 Braden Wilson FB 0 Kansas State
2013 170 Eric Kush C 3 California (PA)
2012 182 Cyrus Gray RB 35 Texas A&M
2011 199 Jerrell Powe DT 12 Mississippi
2009 175 Quinten Lawrence WR 6 McNeese State
2008 182 Kevin Robinson WR 8 Utah State
2008 170 Barry Richardson T 48 Clemson
2007 196 Herbert Taylor T 18 TCU
2006 190 Jeff Webb WR 31 San Diego State
2006 186 Tre Stallings G 1 Mississippi State
2005 199 Khari Long DE 1 Baylor
2005 187 Will Svitek T 16 Stanford
2004 195 Jeris McIntyre WR 0 Auburn
2003 189 Jimmy Wilkerson DE 72 Oklahoma
2001 176 Alex Sulfsted T 0 Miami (OH)
2000 188 Darnell Alford G 4 Boston College
1998 181 Derrick Ransom DT 56 Cincinnati
1997 195 Isaac Byrd WR 0 Kansas
1996 176 Dietrich Jells WR 0 Pittsburgh
1995 207 Tom Barndt DT 61 Pittsburgh
1995 202 Bryan Proby DT 3 Arizona State
1994 185 Anthony Daigle RB 0 Fresno State
1993 159 Darius Turner RB 0 Washington
1992 159 Tony Smith WR 0 Notre Dame
1991 162 Darrell Malone DB 4 Jacksonville State
1990 152 Tom Sims DT 26 Pittsburgh
1989 143 Robb Thomas WR 39 Oregon State
1988 139 James Saxon FB 54 San Jose State
1986 141 Kent Hagood RB 0 South Carolina
1985 149 John Bostic DB 0 Bethune-Cookman
1984 146 Rufus Stevens WR 0 Grambling State
1983 146 Ellis Gardner T 8 Georgia Tech
1982 157 Durwood Roquemore DB 24 Texas A&M-Kingsville
1981 153 Dock Luckie DT 0 Florida
1980 164 Larry Heater RB 0 Arizona
1980 147 Bubba Garcia WR 6 Texas-El Paso
1979 140 Robert Gaines WR 0 Washington
1977 167 Andre Herrera RB 0 Southern Illinois
1977 150 Rick Burleson DE 0 Texas
1976 172 Calvin Harper T 0 Illinois State
1976 167 Bob Gregolunas LB 0 Northern Illinois
1976 166 Steve Taylor DB 14 Kansas
1975 139 Dave Wasick LB 0 San Jose State
1975 137 Morris LaGrand RB 11 Tampa
1974 131 Jay Washington RB 0 Clemson
1973 145 Doug Jones DB 18 Cal State-Northridge
1972 153 John Kahler DE 0 Long Beach State
1971 146 Kerry Reardon DB 58 Iowa
1970 156 Bob Hews T 0 Princeton
1969 155 John Pleasant RB 0 Alabama State
1967 156 Noland Smith WR 32 Tennessee State

Notes:

- Thirty-five of Kansas City’s 59 sixth-round draft picks went on to appear in a game for the Chiefs, combining to play in a total of 841 total contests.

- Eight of the Chiefs’ nine sixth-round picks since 2014 have appeared in at least one game for Kansas City. The most productive player in that group has been offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who has started 43 games in his five years with the Chiefs.

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- Eighteen of Kansas City’s last 20 sixth-round picks have played in at least one contest for the Chiefs, playing in a total of 351 games.

- Kansas City has picked a defensive player with five of its last six sixth-round selections dating back to 2015. McKenzie, who played defensive tackle in college, is the lone exception.

- Defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson, who was drafted with the 189th overall pick in 2003, went on to play in the most games (72) in a Chiefs’ uniform of any sixth-round pick in franchise history.

- In addition to Wilkerson, offensive tackle Zach Fulton (2014), defensive tackles Derrick Ransom (1998) and Tom Barndt (1995), fullback James Saxon (1988) and defensive back Kerry Reardon (1971) all played in at least 50 games for Kansas City.

- The Chiefs have selected three players from the University of Pittsburgh in the sixth round – more than any other school.

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