How Many Chiefs Draft Selections went on to become Pro Bowlers?

Exploring how successful the Chiefs have been in the draft over the years based on number of players voted to the annual NFL Pro Bowl

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In 1967, a system called the "common draft" was implemented for the AFL and NFL. In this system, the two leagues held a joint draft for college players. The "common draft" existed until 1969 as the AFL and NFL would officially merge in 1970.

The following is a list of players the Chiefs have drafted since 1967 who went on to make the Pro Bowl (or the AFL all-star game) in their career:

Year

Rnd

Pick

* *

Pos

Pro Bowls

College/Univ

2012

1

11

Dontari Poe

DT

2

Memphis

2011

3

70

Justin Houston

LB

3

Georgia

2010

1

5

Eric Berry

DB

3

Tennessee

2010

2

36

Dexter McCluster

WR

1

Mississippi

2008

1

15

Branden Albert

G

1

Virginia

2008

2

35

Brandon Flowers

DB

1

Virginia Tech

2008

3

73

Jamaal Charles

RB

4

Texas

2007

1

23

Dwayne Bowe

WR

1

LSU

2006

1

20

Tamba Hali

DE

4

Penn St.

2005

1

15

Derrick Johnson

LB

3

Texas

2005

3

99

Dustin Colquitt

P

1

Tennessee

2004

4

126

Jared Allen

DE

5

Idaho St.

2003

1

27

Larry Johnson

RB

2

Penn St.

2000

5

153

Dante Hall

WR

2

Texas A&M

1999

3

75

Gary Stills

DE

1

West Virginia

1997

1

13

Tony Gonzalez

TE

14

California

1996

1

28

Jerome Woods

DB

1

Memphis

1996

4

98

Donnie Edwards*

LB

1

UCLA

1996

5

135

Joe Horn*

WR

4

Itawamba JC

1993

3

74

Will Shields*

G

12

Nebraska

1992

1

20

Dale Carter

DB

4

Tennessee

1990

2

40

Tim Grunhard

C

1

Notre Dame

1989

1

4

Derrick Thomas*

LB

9

Alabama

1988

1

2

Neil Smith

DE

6

Nebraska

1987

2

35

Christian Okoye

RB

2

Azusa Pacific

1986

2

35

Dino Hackett

LB

1

Appalachian St.

1985

1

15

Ethan Horton*

TE

1

North Carolina

1984

1

5

Bill Maas

NT

2

Pittsburgh

1984

1

21

John Alt

T

2

Iowa

1984

7

173

Kevin Ross

DB

2

Temple

1983

3

61

Albert Lewis

DB

4

Grambling St.

1983

5

119

Jim Arnold*

P

2

Vanderbilt

1981

2

41

Joe Delaney

RB

1

NW State (LA)

1981

3

78

Lloyd Burruss

DB

1

Maryland

1980

5

114

Carlos Carson

WR

2

LSU

1978

1

2

Art Still

DE

4

Kentucky

1977

1

10

Gary Green

DB

4

Baylor

1976

3

74

Gary Barbaro

DB

3

Nicholls St.

1969

1

23

Jim Marsalis

DB

2

Tennessee St.

1969

4

101

Jack Rudnay

C

4

Northwestern

1968

2

48

Mike Livingston**

QB

1

SMU

1968

14

375

Robert Holmes**

RB

1

Saginaw Valley St.

1967

2

47

Jim Lynch**

LB

1

Notre Dame

* *Two of the Pro Bowl players (Derrick Thomas, 1989; Will Shields, 1993) went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. *

*Three players drafted since 1967 were solely AFL all-stars in their careers, not Pro Bowlers: Mike Livingston (1979), Robert Holmes (1975) and Jim Lynch (1967). *

Four players taken since 1967 were drafted by the Chiefs, but only made the Pro Bowl with another team: Jim Arnold, 1983 (Detroit Lions), Ethan Horton, 1994 (Los Angeles Raiders), Joe Horn, 1996 (New Orleans Saints), Donnie Edwards, 1996 (San Diego Chargers). *

Other items of note:

  • 43 Pro Bowlers (including three AFL all-stars) have been drafted by the Chiefs since 1967, the year the common draft between the AFL and NFL began.
  • The Chiefs have drafted 12 Pro Bowlers who are still active in the league today.
  • 2008 (Branden Albert, Brandon Flowers and Jamaal Charles) and 1984 (Bill Maas, John Alt and Kevin Ross) are tied for the best year for future Chiefs Pro Bowlers with three apiece.
  • The Chiefs have drafted more Pro Bowlers (3) from Tennessee (Dale Carter, 1992; Dustin Colquitt, 2005; Eric Berry, 2010) than any other college.
  • The Chiefs have drafted more Pro Bowl defensive backs (10) since 1967 than any other position.
  • The Chiefs went on a streak of seven years, from 1969 to 1976, where they drafted no Pro Bowlers.
  • The Chiefs have drafted only one Pro Bowl quarterback (Mike Livingston, 1979) since 1967.

Research for this article was assisted byProFootballReference.com.

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