History of Chiefs Draft Picks by Position

Every position, every pick, since 1967

The 2015 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 30 in Chicago, Illinois.

With the Kansas City Chiefs holding 10 picks this year, let's take a look at how they've used their picks in the past.

Chiefs Draft Picks by Position (Since 1967)

Rounds

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

TOTALS

Quarterback

2

3

2

3

2

0

4

16

Running Back

6

6

5

5

7

11

7

47

Tight end

3

4

6

4

1

0

4

22

Receiver

5

2

7

10

6

12

6

48

Offensive Line

12

6

5

7

7

12

10

59

Defensive Line

10

7

10

3

9

10

9

58

Linebacker

4

7

7

10

7

2

4

41

Defensive Back

5

5

9

6

10

6

10

51

Kicker, Punter & LS

0

0

1

1

2

0

1

5

TOTALS

47

40

52

49

51

53

55

Quarterback

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  • The Chiefs have selected four quarterbacks in the seventh round, which is the most for any round.
  • The Chiefs' last first-round quarterback selected was Todd Blackledge in 1983.
  • The Chiefs have never drafted a quarterback in the sixth round.

Running back

  • The Chiefs have selected 11 running backs in the sixth round of the draft, which is the most for any round.
  • The last first-round running back selected was Larry Johnson in 2003.
  • The Chiefs have selected a running back in six of the last eight drafts, including the last four straight.

Tight end

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  • The Chiefs have selected six tight ends in the third round, which is the most for any round. Travis Kelce was a third-round pick back in 2013.
  • The last first-round tight end selected was Tony Gonzalez in 1997.
  • The six third-round picks have combined for 287 career games played.

Wide receiver

  • The Chiefs have selected 12 receivers in the sixth round, which is the most for any round.
  • The only two receivers to be drafted by the Chiefs in the second round are Dexter McCluster (2010) and Kevin Lockett (1997).
  • The Chiefs have selected five receivers in the first round of the NFL Draft: Jonathan Baldwin (2011), Dwayne Bowe (2007), Sylvester Morris (2000), Anthony Hancock (1982) and Elmo Wright (1971).

Offensive Line

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  • The Chiefs have selected 12 offensive linemen in the first round, which ties for the most of any round (sixth) and is the most for any position in the first round.
  • Before Eric Fisher (2013) and Branden Albert (2008), the previous first-round offensive lineman was John Tait in 1999.
  • The Chiefs have selected at least one offensive lineman in 12 straight NFL drafts.

Defensive Line

  • The Chiefs have selected 10 defensive linemen in the first, third and sixth rounds, which ties for the most.
  • The Chiefs have selected a defensive lineman in the first round in four of the last 10 drafts, including Dontari Poe back in 2012.
  • Two of the nine defensive linemen chosen in the seventh round, Ken Kremer (1979) and Terdell Sands (2001), both played in more than 75 career NFL games.

Linebacker

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  • The Chiefs have selected 10 linebackers in the fourth round of the draft, which is the most for any round.
  • Two of the four first-round linebackers selected, Derrick Thomas (9) and Derrick Johnson (3), were named to multiple Pro Bowls.
  • The last was in 2014 when the Chiefs selected Auburn's Dee Ford.

Defensive Back

  • The Chiefs have selected 10 defensive backs in the fifth and seventh rounds, which ties for the most.
  • The Chiefs have selected just five defensive backs in the first round since 1967, but all five were named to at least one Pro Bowl.
  • The last was Eric Berry in 2010, but before that, Jerome Woods in 1996.
  • The five first-round defensive backs have combined for 14 Pro Bowls, led by Dale Carter and Gary Green with four.

Specialists

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  • The Chiefs have drafted just five specialists since 1967.
  • The highest specialist ever drafted by the Chiefs is punter Dustin Colquitt, who was selected in the third round (No. 99 overall).

Research for this article was assisted by ProFootballReference.com.

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