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

Exploring who the Chiefs have taken in the third-round of the 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 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.

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2018100Dorian O'DanielLB16Clemson
201875Derrick NnadiDT16Florida State
201786Kareem HuntRB27Toledo
201674KeiVarae RussellCB0Notre Dame
201598Steven NelsonCB52Oregon State
201576Chris ConleyWR53Georgia
201487Phillip GainesDB41Rice
201396Knile DavisRB55Arkansas
201363Travis KelceTE80Cincinnati
201274Donald StephensonT60Oklahoma
201186Allen BaileyDE102Miami (FL)
201170Justin HoustonLB102Georgia
201093Tony MoeakiTE30Iowa
201068Jon AsamoahG60Illinois
200967Alex MageeDE17Purdue
200882DaJuan MorganDB28North Carolina State
200876Brad CottamTE24Tennessee
200873Jamaal CharlesRB103Texas
200782Tank TylerDT37North Carolina State
200685Brodie CroyleQB18Alabama
200599Dustin ColquittP222Tennessee
200493Keyaron FoxLB40Georgia Tech
200392Julian BattleDB26Tennessee
200177Snoop MinnisWR15Florida State
200175Eric DowningDT42Syracuse
200085Greg WesleyDB118Arkansas - Pine Bluff
199984Larry AtkinsLB46UCLA
199975Gary StillsDE88West Virginia
199888Rashaan SheheeRB25Washington
199668John BrowningDT121West Virginia
199597Troy DumasLB14Nebraska
199581Tamarick VanoverWR70Florida State
199496Chris PennWR26Tulsa
199492Lake DawsonWR43Notre Dame
199374Will Shields G224Nebraska
199177Tim BarnettWR44Jackson State
198960Naz WorthenWR19North Carolina State
198859Kevin PorterDB76Auburn
198773Todd HowardLB19Texas A&M
198663Leonard GriffinDE103Grambling State
198461Herman HeardRB87Colorado State - Pueblo
198361Albert LewisDB150Grambling State
198178Lloyd BurrussDB145Maryland
198175Roger TaylorT13Oklahoma State
198170Marvin HarveyTE7Southern Miss
198066James HadnotRB43Texas Tech
197858Gary SpaniLB124Kansas State
197767Tom HowardLB95Texas Tech
197679Henry MarshallWR165Missouri
197674Gary BarbaroDB101Nicholls State
197663Keith SimonsDT20Minnesota
197559Cornelius WalkerDT0Rice
197466David JaynesQB2Kansas
197372Paul KrauseT0Central Michigan
197078David HadleyDB28Alcorn State
197061Billy Bob BarnettDE0Texas A&M
196976Morris StroudTE69Clark (GA)
196777Billy MastersTE24LSU


- 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.

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