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 2018 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 51 years ago.
We covered the seventh round last week and will continue with the sixth round, where the Chiefs hold the 196th overall selection in the 2018 Draft.
The most notable player picked at that exact spot in NFL history is running back Terrell Davis, who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
Here's a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the sixth round since 1967.
- Thirty-four of Kansas City's 57 sixth-round draft picks went on to appear in a game for the Chiefs, combining to play in a total of 830 total contests.
- All six of the Chiefs' sixth-round picks since 2014 have appeared in at least one game for Kansas City. Four of those players (OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DE Dadi Nicolas and S Leon McQuay III) are still on the team as of now.
- Seventeen of Kansas City's last 18 sixth-round picks have played in at least one contest for the Chiefs, playing in a total of 340 games.
- Kansas City has picked a defensive player with each of its last four sixth-round selections dating back to 2015.
- 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 – more than any other school.
Research for this article was assisted by the folks at ProFootballReference.com