Chiefs to Pick 18th in the 2015 NFL Draft

Kansas City draws 18th selection with 9-7 final record

By beating the San Diego Chargers in Week 17, the Kansas City Chiefs knocked them out of the postseason but in the process, dropped one position in the 2015 NFL Draft to 18th overall.

Here is a historical look at all the 18th overall picks since 1970 (1970 was the first year of the combined NFL Draft; an AFL-NFL common draft *was held from 1967-1969):

18th Overall Picks Since 1970
YEARTEAMPOSITONPLAYER
2014NYJFSPryor, Calvin
2013SFFSReid, Eric
2012SDDEIngram, Melvin
2011SDDTLiuget, Corey
2010PITCPouncey, Maurkice
2009DENDEAyers, Robert
2008BALQBFlacco, Joe
2007CINDBHall, Leon
2006DALLBCarpenter, Bobby
2005MINDEJames, Erasmus
2004NODESmith, Will
2003ARIDEPace, Calvin
2002ATLRBDuckett, T.J.
2001DETTBackus, Jeff
2000OAKKJanikowski, Sebastian
1999OAKGStinchcomb, Matt
1998NERBEdwards, Robert
1997TENDEHolmes, Kenny
1996STLWRKennison, Eddie
1995OAKRBKaufman, Napoleon
1994MINDBWashington, Dewayne
1993PHXTDye, Ernest
1992SFDBHall, Dana
1991CINDEWilliams, Alfred
1990GBDEBennett, Tony
1989NYGCWilliams, Brian
1988PITDEJones, Aaron
1987SEADEWoods, Tony
1986DALWRSherrard, Mike
1985STLDENunn, Freddie Joe
1984CLEDBRogers, Don
1983CHIWRGault, Willie
1982NYGRBWoolfolk, Butch
1981BALDEThompson, Donnell
1980WASWRMonk, Art
**1979SEADTTuiasosopo, Manu1978NETCryder, Bob1977DENGSchindler, Steve1976BUFDBClark, Mario1975DALLBHenderson, Thomas1974BUFTEGant, Reuben1973SFDBHolmes, Mike1972CLEDBDarden, Thom1971NYGRBThompson, Rocky1970BALRBBulaich, Norm

*Hall of Famer

  • The top three positions drafted with the 18th pick historically since 1970 are defensive end (12), defensive back (7) and running back (6).
  • The position of the 18th selection the last two seasons in a row has been a free safety.
  • Only one quarterback (Joe Flacco in 2008) and one Hall of Famer (Art Monk, a wide receiver) have been drafted 18th overall since 1970.

The Kansas City Approach

Though these are interesting trends to read, Kansas City has regarded itself as a team who will go after the best player overall since John Dorsey took over general manager duties two seasons ago.

While he reiterated that point Monday, Dorsey also acknowledged that heading into this offseason, various team needs will be evaluated. That could perhaps lead to somewhat of a shift in approach that we haven't seen before.

"As we move forward, we are always still trying to see if we can fit a piece in here or fit a piece in there," Dorsey said. "I think that the (wide receiver) stats speak for themselves and we're going to have to do some work there."

Dorsey has said in the past that he always looks past player skill level and also regards player personality as an important factor in drafting. He wants his draftees to bring a strong character to Kansas City.

"Guys who love to play the game, guys who are passionate about the game, you can't have enough of those guys on your roster, you really can't," he said Monday.


2015 will mark the first year that the Kansas City Chiefs will pick 18th overall.

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Photos from the Chiefs Week 17 matchup against the Chargers

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