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

Here’s a look back at who Kansas City has picked in the sixth-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 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
2018198Kahlil McKenzieOG0Tennessee
2018196Tremon SmithCB14Central Arkansas
2017218Leon McQuayS1USC
2016203Dadi NicolasDE11Virginia Tech
2016178D.J. WhiteCB11Georgia Tech
2015217Rakeem Nunez-RochesDT34Southern Miss
2014200Laurent Duvernay-TardifOL41McGill (Canada)
2014193Zach FultonG63Tennessee
2013204Braden WilsonFB0Kansas State
2013170Eric KushC3California (PA)
2012182Cyrus GrayRB35Texas A&M
2011199Jerrell PoweDT12Mississippi
2009175Quinten LawrenceWR6McNeese State
2008182Kevin RobinsonWR8Utah State
2008170Barry RichardsonT48Clemson
2007196Herbert TaylorT18TCU
2006190Jeff WebbWR31San Diego State
2006186Tre StallingsG1Mississippi State
2005199Khari LongDE1Baylor
2005187Will SvitekT16Stanford
2004195Jeris McIntyreWR0Auburn
2003189Jimmy WilkersonDE72Oklahoma
2001176Alex SulfstedT0Miami (OH)
2000188Darnell AlfordG4Boston College
1998181Derrick RansomDT56Cincinnati
1997195Isaac ByrdWR0Kansas
1996176Dietrich JellsWR0Pittsburgh
1995207Tom BarndtDT61Pittsburgh
1995202Bryan ProbyDT3Arizona State
1994185Anthony DaigleRB0Fresno State
1993159Darius TurnerRB0Washington
1992159Tony SmithWR0Notre Dame
1991162Darrell MaloneDB4Jacksonville State
1990152Tom SimsDT26Pittsburgh
1989143Robb ThomasWR39Oregon State
1988139James SaxonFB54San Jose State
1986141Kent HagoodRB0South Carolina
1985149John BosticDB0Bethune-Cookman
1984146Rufus StevensWR0Grambling State
1983146Ellis GardnerT8Georgia Tech
1982157Durwood RoquemoreDB24Texas A&M-Kingsville
1981153Dock LuckieDT0Florida
1980164Larry HeaterRB0Arizona
1980147Bubba GarciaWR6Texas-El Paso
1979140Robert GainesWR0Washington
1977167Andre HerreraRB0Southern Illinois
1977150Rick BurlesonDE0Texas
1976172Calvin HarperT0Illinois State
1976167Bob GregolunasLB0Northern Illinois
1976166Steve TaylorDB14Kansas
1975139Dave WasickLB0San Jose State
1975137Morris LaGrandRB11Tampa
1974131Jay WashingtonRB0Clemson
1973145Doug JonesDB18Cal State-Northridge
1972153John KahlerDE0Long Beach State
1971146Kerry ReardonDB58Iowa
1970156Bob HewsT0Princeton
1969155John PleasantRB0Alabama State
1967156Noland SmithWR32Tennessee State


- 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.


- 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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