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

Exploring how successful the Chiefs have been in the sixth round of the NFL Draft over the years

In 1967, a system called the "common draft" was implemented for the AFL and NFL. In this system, the two leagues held a joint draft for college players. The "common draft" existed until 1969 as the AFL and NFL would officially merge in 1970.

The following is a list of the 56 players the Chiefs have drafted in the sixth round since 1967: 

YEAR

PICK

PLAYER

POS

ALL PRO

PRO BOWL

GAMES

SCHOOL

2016

178

D.J. White

CB

0

0

11

Georgia Tech

2016

203

Dadi Nicolas

DE

0

0

9

Virginia Tech

2015

217

Rakeem Nunez-Roches

DT

0

0

18

Southern Miss

2014

193

Zach Fulton

OL

0

0

47

Tennessee

2014

200

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

OL

0

0

30

McGill

2013

170

Eric Kush

OL

0

0

18

California (PA)

2013

204

Braden Wilson

FB

0

0

Kansas St.

2012

182

Cyrus Gray

RB

0

0

35

Texas A&M

2011

199

Jerrell Powe

DT

0

0

28

Mississippi

2009

175

Quinten Lawrence

WR

0

0

6

McNeese St.

2008

170

Barry Richardson

OL

0

0

65

Clemson

2008

182

Kevin Robinson

WR

0

0

8

Utah St.

2007

196

Herbert Taylor

OL

0

0

20

TCU

2006

186

Tre Stallings

OL

0

0

1

Mississippi St.

2006

190

Jeff Webb

WR

0

0

31

San Diego St.

2005

187

Will Svitek

OL

0

0

79

Stanford

2005

199

Khari Long

DE

0

0

1

Baylor

2004

195

Jeris McIntyre

WR

0

0

Auburn

2003

189

Jimmy Wilkerson

DE

0

0

119

Oklahoma

2001

176

Alex Sulfsted

OL

0

0

18

Miami (OH)

2000

188

Darnell Alford

OL

0

0

3

Boston Col.

1998

181

Derrick Ransom

DT

0

0

71

Cincinnati

1997

195

Isaac Byrd

WR

0

0

61

Kansas

1996

176

Dietrich Jells

WR

0

0

41

Pittsburgh

1995

202

Bryan Proby

DT

0

0

3

Arizona St.

1995

207

Tom Barndt

DT

0

0

81

Pittsburgh

1994

185

Anthony Daigle

RB

0

0

1

Fresno St.

1993

159

Darius Turner

RB

0

0

Washington

1992

159

Tony Smith

WR

0

0

Notre Dame

1991

162

Darrell Malone

DB

0

0

29

Jacksonville St.

1990

152

Tom Sims

DT

0

0

47

Pittsburgh

1989

143

Robb Thomas

WR

0

0

136

Oregon St.

1988

139

James Saxon

FB

0

0

111

San Jose St.

1986

141

Kent Hagood

RB

0

0

South Carolina

1985

149

John Bostic

DB

0

0

29

Bethune-Cookman

1984

146

Rufus Stevens

WR

0

0

Grambling St.

1983

146

Ellis Gardner

OL

0

0

17

Georgia Tech

1982

157

Durwood Roquemore

DB

0

0

29

Texas A&M-Kingsville

1981

153

Dock Luckie

DT

0

0

Florida

1980

147

Bubba Garcia

WR

0

0

6

Texas-El Paso

1980

164

Larry Heater

RB

0

0

29

Arizona

1979

140

Robert Gaines

WR

0

0

Washington

1977

150

Rick Burleson

DE

0

0

Texas

1977

167

Andre Herrera

RB

0

0

Southern Illinois

1976

166

Steve Taylor

DB

0

0

14

Kansas

1976

167

Bob Gregolunas

LB

0

0

Northern Illinois

1976

172

Calvin Harper

OL

0

0

Illinois St.

1975

137

Morris LaGrand

RB

0

0

13

Tampa

1975

139

Dave Wasick

LB

0

0

San Jose St.

1974

131

Jay Washington

RB

0

0

Clemson

1973

145

Doug Jones

DB

0

0

68

Cal State-Northridge

1972

153

John Kahler

DE

0

0

Long Beach St.

1971

146

Kerry Reardon

DB

0

0

58

Iowa

1970

156

Bob Hews

OL

0

0

2

Princeton

1969

155

John Pleasant

RB

0

0

Alabama St.

1967

156

Noland Smith

WR

0

0

39

Tennessee St.

Items of note:

  • The Chiefs have yet to draft either an All-Pro or a Pro Bowler in the sixth round.
  • The two most popular positions for the Chiefs in the sixth round are offensive lineman and wide receiver. The Chiefs have drafted 12 players of each position since 1967.
  • The Chiefs have drafted more players in the sixth round from Pittsburgh (3) than any other college in the country since 1967: Dietrich Jells, 1996, Tom Barndt, 1995, Tom Sims, 1990.
  • Of the 56 players the Chiefs have drafted in the sixth round since 1967, three have eclipsed more than 100 games in their respective careers: Robb Thomas, 1989 (136 games), Jimmy Wilkerson, 2003 (119 games) and James Saxon, 1988 (111 games).
  • The last five players the Chiefs have selected in the sixth round remain on the team today, and to this point, they have combined for a total of 115 games played. Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who the Chiefs selected in 2014, is the team's starting right guard and recently signed a contract extension.

Research for this article was assisted by ProFootballReference.com.

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