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For the second time in franchise history, the Kansas City Chiefs are set for the No. 28 overall selection in the first round of the NFL Draft (although they could still move out of that spot).

Back in 1996 and the only other time in history the Chiefs had this pick, they selected Memphis standout defensive back Jerome Woods.

Woods went on to spend his entire 10-year NFL career (1996-2005) with the Chiefs, accumulating 720 career tackles and 15 interceptions.

He was selected to the 2003 Pro Bowl.


Since 1967, the No. 28 pick has been used 49 times and a defensive back has been selected on 11 of those occasions, which is the most for any position.

Heading into his fourth draft as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, John Dorsey is coming off a 2015 season in which his rookie class from last year accumulated more snaps played than any other team in the AFC. The NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year, cornerback Marcus Peters, highlighted the class.

Peters led the NFL with 26 passes defensed, which was also a franchise record. His 8 interceptions tied him for the league lead as well.

Here's a look at each of Dorsey's drafts in Kansas City:

Kansas City Chiefs Draft History Over the Past Three Years

2013 Draft




Round 1, Pick 1 (1)

Eric Fisher

Central Michigan


Round 3, Pick 1 (63)

Travis Kelce



Round 3, Pick 34 (96-comp. pick)

Knile Davis



Round 4, Pick 2 (99)

Nico Johnson



Round 5, Pick 1 (134)

Sanders Commings



Round 6, Pick 2 (170)

Eric Kush

California U. of Penn.


Round 6, Pick 36 (204-comp. pick)

Braden Wilson

Kansas St.


Round 7, Pick 1 (207)

Mike Catapano



2014 Draft




Round 1, Pick 23 (23)

Dee Ford



Round 3, Pick 23 (87)

Phillip Gaines



Round 4, Pick 24 (124)

De'Anthony Thomas



Round 5, Pick 23 (163)

Aaron Murray



Round 6, Pick 17 (193)

Zach Fulton



Round 6, Pick 24 (200)

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif



2015 Draft




Round 1, Pick 18 (18)

Marcus Peters



Round 2, Pick 17 (49)

Mitch Morse



Round 3, Pick 12 (76)

Chris Conley



Round 3, Pick 34 (98 Comp.pick)

Steven Nelson

Oregon St.


Round 4, Pick 19 (118)

Ramik Wilson



Round 5, Pick 36 (172 Comp. pick)

D.J. Alexander

Oregon St.


Round 5, Pick 37 (173 Comp.pick)

James O'Shaughnessy

Illinois St.


Round 6, Pick 41 (217 Comp. pick)

Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Southern Miss


Round 7, Pick 16 (233)

Da-Ron Brown

Northern Illinois


Here are a few interesting facts about Dorsey's drafts with the Chiefs:

  • He hasn't ever selected a player from the Big 10 or ACC
  • Nine of the 23 players he's selected have come from the SEC
  • Of the 23 players he's selected, 15 of them have come from the Power Five conferences
  • He's selected just one safety, which was Sanders Commings (who also played CB) in 2013
  • He's selected five offensive linemen, which is the most for any positional group

"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."

Here are a few interesting facts about the organization's history of drafting (since 1967):

  • The most popular position for the Chiefs to draft in the first round is offensive line (12), followed by defensive line (10), running back (6), defensive back (6), receiver (5), linebacker (4), tight end (3) and quarterback (2).
  • All six defensive backs selected in the first round made at least one Pro Bowl in their careers, led by Dale Carter (No. 20 overall - 1992) and Gary Green (No. 10 overall – 1977) with four appearances each. Eric Berry (No. 5 overall – 2010) has been named to four Pro Bowls, Jim Marsalis (No. 23 overall – 1969) earned two Pro Bowl trips and Jerome Woods (No. 28 overall – 1996) had one. Last year's first-round pick Marcus Peters was named to the Pro Bowl and was also named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year.
  • The Chiefs have selected four players from LSU in the first round of the draft, which is the most for any school. Tyson Jackson (No. 3 overall - 2009), Glenn Dorsey (No. 5 overall - 2008), Dwayne Bowe (No. 23 overall - 2007) and Harvey Williams (No. 21 overall - 1991).
  • All 48 former Chiefs first-round picks have combined for 69 Pro Bowl appearances, led by tight end Tony Gonzalez (No. 13 overall – 1997) with 14.
  • Of the 48 first-round picks, 26 of them have played in at least 85 career games.
  • There are seven former first-round picks by the Chiefs who are still on the roster. Marcus Peters (No. 18 overall—2015), Dee Ford (No. 23 overall – 2014), Eric Fisher (No. 1 overall – 2013), Dontari Poe (No. 11 overall – 2012), Eric Berry (No. 5 overall – 2010), Tamba Hali (No. 20 overall – 2006) and Derrick Johnson (No. 15 overall – 2005).

With the 2016 NFL Draft just days away, take a look back at what current Chiefs' players said on their own draft night.

Here's a round-by-round look at some notable picks by the Chiefs since 1967:

Round 1: 48 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Offensive Line (12)

Most popular school: LSU (4)

Notable former players: Tony Gonzalez (1997), Dale Carter (1992), Derrick Thomas (1989), John Alt (1984), Bill Maas (1984), Gary Green (1977)

Current players: Marcus Peters (2015), Dee Ford (2014), Eric Fisher (2013), Dontari Poe (2012), Eric Berry (2010), Tamba Hali (2006), Derrick Johnson (2005)

Round 2: 41 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Offensive Line (8)

Most popular school: Iowa, Notre Dame, Penn State (2)

Notable former players: Kevin Lockett (1997), Tim Grunhard (1990), Christian Okoye (1987), Joe Delaney (1981), Ed Podolak (1969), Willie Lanier (1967), Jim Lynch (1967)

Current players:Mitch Morse (2015)

Round 3: 54 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Defensive Line (10)

Most popular school:North Carolina State, Tennessee (3)

Notable former players:Will Shields (1993), Albert Lewis (1983), Lloyd Burruss (1981), Gary Spani (1978), Henry Marshall (1976)

Current players:Travis Kelce (2013), Justin Houston (2011), Jamaal Charles (2013), Chris Conley (2015), Allen Bailey (2011), Phillip Gaines (2014), Knile Davis (2013), Steven Nelson (2015), Dustin Colquitt (2005).

Round 4: 49 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Linebacker (11)

Most popular school:TCU (3)

Notable former players:Jared Allen (2004), Donnie Edwards (1996), Jack Rudnay (1969)

Current players: Ramik Wilson (2015, De'Anthony Thomas (2014)

Round 5: 53 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Defensive backs (10)

Most popular school:Notre Dame (3)* *

Notable former players: Brandon Carr (2008), Dante Hall (2000), Joe Horn (1996), Jim Arnold (1983), Carlos Carson (1980)

Current players:DJ Alexander (2015), James O'Shaughnessy (2015), Aaron Murray (2014)

Round 6: 54 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position:Offensive line, Wide receiver (12)

Most popular school:Pittsburgh (3)

Notable former players:Jimmy Wilkerson (2003), James Saxon (1988),

Current players:Rakeem Nunez-Roches (2015), Zach Fulton (2014), Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (2014)

Round 7: 56 Players Drafted Since 1967

Most popular position: Defensive Back, Offensive Line (10)

Most popular school:Iowa, Kansas Michigan, San Diego State, Stanford, Tennessee State (2)

Notable former players:Danan Hughes (1993), Dave Szott (1990), Eric Warfield (1988),* *Kevin Ross (1984),

Current players:Da'Ron Brown (2015)

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