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.
In the days leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we're taking a look back at who the Kansas City Chiefs have selected in each round since the event's beginnings 55 years ago. Here's a look at what we've covered so far:
We'll continue with the second round, where Kansas City currently owns two selections (No. 50 and No. 62). The Chiefs picked linebacker Nick Bolton (No. 58 overall) and center Creed Humphrey (No. 63 overall) in the second round last year.
As of now, these are the selections Kansas City currently has in the 2022 Draft:
No. 29 overall (Round 1)
No. 30 overall (Round 1)
No. 50 overall (Round 2)
No. 62 overall (Round 2)
No. 94 overall (Round 3)
No. 103 overall (Round 3)*
No. 121 overall (Round 4)
No. 135 overall (Round 4)
No. 233 overall (Round 7)
No. 243 overall (Round 7)
No. 251 overall (Round 7)
No. 259 overall (Round 7)*
* Denotes a compensatory pick
And here's a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the second round since 1967:
2021 | Pick No. 63 | Creed Humphrey | C | Oklahoma
2021 | Pick No. 58 | Nick Bolton | LB | Missouri
2020 | Pick No. 63 | Willie Gay Jr. | LB | Mississippi State
2019 | Pick No. 63 | Juan Thornhill | S | Virginia
2019 | Pick No. 56 | Mecole Hardman | WR | Georgia
2018 | Pick No. 46 | Breeland Speaks | LB | Mississippi
2017 | Pick No. 59 | Tanoh Kpassagnon | DE | Villanova
2016 | Pick No. 37 | Chris Jones | DT | Mississippi State
2015 | Pick No. 49 | Mitch Morse | G | Missouri
2012 | Pick No. 44 | Jeff Allen | T | Illinois
2011 | Pick No. 55 | Rodney Hudson | C | Florida State
2010 | Pick No. 50 | Javier Arenas | DB | Alabama
2010 | Pick No. 36 | Dexter McCluster | WR | Mississippi
2008 | Pick No. 35 | Brandon Flowers | DB | Virginia Tech
2007 | Pick No. 54 | Turk McBride | DT | Tennessee
2006 | Pick No. 54 | Bernard Pollard | DB | Purdue
2004 | Pick No. 61 | Kris Wilson | TE | Pittsburgh
2004 | Pick No. 36 | Junior Siavii | DT | Oregon
2003 | Pick No. 47 | Kawika Mitchell | LB | South Florida
2002 | Pick No. 43 | Eddie Freeman | DE | Alabama - Birmingham
2000 | Pick No. 54 | William Bartee | DB | Oklahoma
1999 | Pick No. 54 | Mike Cloud | RB | Boston College
1997 | Pick No. 47 | Kevin Lockett | WR | Kansas State
1996 | Pick No. 58 | Reggie Tongue | DB | Oregon State
1994 | Pick No. 58 | Donnell Bennett | RB | Miami (FL)
1992 | Pick No. 40 | Matt Blundin | QB | Virginia
1991 | Pick No. 50 | Joe Valerio | C | Pennsylvania
1990 | Pick No. 40 | Tim Grunhard | C | Notre Dame
1989 | Pick No. 32 | Mike Elkins | QB | Wake Forest
1987 | Pick No. 35 | Christian Okoye | RB | Azusa Pacific
1986 | Pick No. 35 | Dino Hackett | LB | Appalachian State
1985 | Pick No. 41 | Jonathan Hayes | TE | Iowa
1984 | Pick No. 34 | Scott Radecic | LB | Penn State
1983 | Pick No. 34 | Dave Lutz | T | Georgia Tech
1982 | Pick No. 46 | Calvin Daniels | LB | North Carolina
1981 | Pick No. 41 | Joe Delaney | RB | Northwestern State (LA)
1978 | Pick No. 29 | Sylvester Hicks | DE | Tennessee State
1977 | Pick No. 37 | Tony Reed | RB | Colorado
1976 | Pick No. 41 | Cliff Frazier | DT | UCLA
1975 | Pick No. 34 | Elmore Stephens | TE | Kentucky
1974 | Pick No. 41 | Charlie Getty | T | Penn State
1973 | Pick No. 27 | Gary Butler | TE | Rice
1971 | Pick No. 42 | Scott Lewis | DE | Grambling State
1971 | Pick No. 39 | Wilbur Young | DE | William Penn
1970 | Pick No. 52 | Clyde Werner | LB | Washington
1969 | Pick No. 48 | Ed Podolak | RB | Iowa
1968 | Pick No. 48 | Mike Livingston | QB | SMU
1967 | Pick No. 50 | Willie Lanier | LB | Morgan State
1967 | Pick No. 47 | Jim Lynch | LB | Notre Dame
- Forty-seven of Kansas City's 49 second-round picks since 1967 have gone on to suit up for the Chiefs, playing in a combined 2,904 total contests.
- Kansas City struck gold in the second round last year, selecting linebacker Nick Bolton (No. 58 overall) and center Creed Humphrey (No. 63 overall). Bolton went on to become only the third rookie since 2000 to rack up 110+ tackles and 10+ tackles-for-loss while Humphrey earned the top single-season Pro Football Focus grade among all centers since 2017.
- The Chiefs took defensive tackle Chris Jones, who has racked up 49.5 sacks over the course of his six-year career, in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2016 Draft.
- The Chiefs selected Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Willie Lanier in the second round (50th overall) of the 1967 Draft. Lanier played in 149 games for Kansas City, earning eight Pro Bowl selections and a spot in Canton in 1986.
- Seven of the Chiefs' second-round picks since 1967 went on to play in at least 100 games for Kansas City: center Tim Grunhard (169), linebacker Jim Lynch (151), linebacker Willie Lanier (149), offensive tackle Dave Lutz (139), tight end Jonathan Hayes (136), offensive tackle Charlie Getty (119) and running back Ed Podolak (104).
- Though he only played in 23 games for the franchise before his tragic passing, running back Joe Delaney made his mark during his short time in Kansas City. Delaney rushed for 1,121 yards as a rookie after the Chiefs selected him in the second round of the 1981 Draft.
- Another tailback drafted in the second round who made an instant impact for Kansas City was Christian Okoye, who rushed for 4,897 yards and 40 touchdowns over his six-year career with the Chiefs.