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.
|YEAR||PICK||PLAYER||POSITION||GAMES WITH KC||SCHOOL|
|2018||75||Derrick Nnadi||DT||16||Florida State|
|2016||74||KeiVarae Russell||CB||0||Notre Dame|
|2015||98||Steven Nelson||CB||52||Oregon State|
|2011||86||Allen Bailey||DE||102||Miami (FL)|
|2008||82||DaJuan Morgan||DB||28||North Carolina State|
|2007||82||Tank Tyler||DT||37||North Carolina State|
|2004||93||Keyaron Fox||LB||40||Georgia Tech|
|2001||77||Snoop Minnis||WR||15||Florida State|
|2000||85||Greg Wesley||DB||118||Arkansas - Pine Bluff|
|1999||75||Gary Stills||DE||88||West Virginia|
|1996||68||John Browning||DT||121||West Virginia|
|1995||81||Tamarick Vanover||WR||70||Florida State|
|1994||92||Lake Dawson||WR||43||Notre Dame|
|1991||77||Tim Barnett||WR||44||Jackson State|
|1989||60||Naz Worthen||WR||19||North Carolina State|
|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||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||74||Gary Barbaro||DB||101||Nicholls State|
|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)|
- 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.
- 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.