A Historical Look at the Chiefs’ Third-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 two 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.

For a look at all of the Chiefs’ selections in this year’s draft, click here.

Here is what we’ve covered so far:

We’ll continue with the third round, where the Chiefs currently own the 92nd overall selection in this year’s draft. There have been plenty of notable players taken with that exact pick over the years, including Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward (No. 92 overall in 1998), Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (No. 92 overall in 2012) and Carolina Panthers’ offensive tackle Trai Turner (No. 92 overall in 2014).

The Chiefs had two third-round picks last year, using them on defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (No. 75 overall) and linebacker Dorian O’Daniel (No. 100 overall). Both players appeared in all 16 regular-season games for the Chiefs in 2018 while showing flashes of potential along the way.

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

Table inside Article
YEAR PICK PLAYER POSITION GAMES WITH KC SCHOOL
2018 100 Dorian O'Daniel LB 16 Clemson
2018 75 Derrick Nnadi DT 16 Florida State
2017 86 Kareem Hunt RB 27 Toledo
2016 74 KeiVarae Russell CB 0 Notre Dame
2015 98 Steven Nelson CB 52 Oregon State
2015 76 Chris Conley WR 53 Georgia
2014 87 Phillip Gaines DB 41 Rice
2013 96 Knile Davis RB 55 Arkansas
2013 63 Travis Kelce TE 80 Cincinnati
2012 74 Donald Stephenson T 60 Oklahoma
2011 86 Allen Bailey DE 102 Miami (FL)
2011 70 Justin Houston LB 102 Georgia
2010 93 Tony Moeaki TE 30 Iowa
2010 68 Jon Asamoah G 60 Illinois
2009 67 Alex Magee DE 17 Purdue
2008 82 DaJuan Morgan DB 28 North Carolina State
2008 76 Brad Cottam TE 24 Tennessee
2008 73 Jamaal Charles RB 103 Texas
2007 82 Tank Tyler DT 37 North Carolina State
2006 85 Brodie Croyle QB 18 Alabama
2005 99 Dustin Colquitt P 222 Tennessee
2004 93 Keyaron Fox LB 40 Georgia Tech
2003 92 Julian Battle DB 26 Tennessee
2001 77 Snoop Minnis WR 15 Florida State
2001 75 Eric Downing DT 42 Syracuse
2000 85 Greg Wesley DB 118 Arkansas - Pine Bluff
1999 84 Larry Atkins LB 46 UCLA
1999 75 Gary Stills DE 88 West Virginia
1998 88 Rashaan Shehee RB 25 Washington
1996 68 John Browning DT 121 West Virginia
1995 97 Troy Dumas LB 14 Nebraska
1995 81 Tamarick Vanover WR 70 Florida State
1994 96 Chris Penn WR 26 Tulsa
1994 92 Lake Dawson WR 43 Notre Dame
1993 74 Will Shields  G 224 Nebraska
1991 77 Tim Barnett WR 44 Jackson State
1989 60 Naz Worthen WR 19 North Carolina State
1988 59 Kevin Porter DB 76 Auburn
1987 73 Todd Howard LB 19 Texas A&M
1986 63 Leonard Griffin DE 103 Grambling State
1984 61 Herman Heard RB 87 Colorado State - Pueblo
1983 61 Albert Lewis DB 150 Grambling State
1981 78 Lloyd Burruss DB 145 Maryland
1981 75 Roger Taylor T 13 Oklahoma State
1981 70 Marvin Harvey TE 7 Southern Miss
1980 66 James Hadnot RB 43 Texas Tech
1978 58 Gary Spani LB 124 Kansas State
1977 67 Tom Howard LB 95 Texas Tech
1976 79 Henry Marshall WR 165 Missouri
1976 74 Gary Barbaro DB 101 Nicholls State
1976 63 Keith Simons DT 20 Minnesota
1975 59 Cornelius Walker DT 0 Rice
1974 66 David Jaynes QB 2 Kansas
1973 72 Paul Krause T 0 Central Michigan
1970 78 David Hadley DB 28 Alcorn State
1970 61 Billy Bob Barnett DE 0 Texas A&M
1969 76 Morris Stroud TE 69 Clark (GA)
1967 77 Billy Masters TE 24 LSU

Notes:

- Fifty-three of Kansas City’s 57 third-round picks since 1967 have gone on to suit up for the Chiefs, playing in a combined 3,375 total contests.

- The Chiefs have found a tremendous amount of success in the third round over the years, selecting All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce (2013), the franchise’s all-time leading rusher in Jamaal Charles (2008), two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt (2005), Hall of Fame offensive guard Will Shields, two-time All-Pro defensive back Albert Lewis and linebacker Gary Spani - who has the second-most tackles in team history - to name a few.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) flexes his arm in the end zone after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of an NFL Wildcard football game against the Tennessee Titans in Kansas City, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

- In all, Kansas City’s third-round picks have tallied 36 Pro Bowl selections. Shields is responsible for 12 of those nominations – the most of any third-round pick in the NFL since 1967.

- Thirteen of Kansas City’s third-round picks since 1967 went on to play in at least 100 games for the Chiefs: Shields (224), Colquitt (222), wide receiver Henry Marshall (165), Lewis (150), defensive back Lloyd Burruss (145), Spani (124), defensive tackle John Browning (121), defensive back Greg Wesley (118), Charles (103), defensive end Leonard Griffin (103), linebacker Justin Houston (102), defensive tackle Allen Bailey (102) and defensive back Gary Barbaro (101).

- The Chiefs have drafted more defensive backs (11) in the third round than any other position.

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