History of Kansas City Chiefs First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

The Patrick Mahomes selection may come to define the Kansas City Chiefs' history of first-round picks, but their success spans even farther back.

Since the AFL expansion of 1961, the Kansas City Chiefs have been a mainstay in the first round of the NFL Draft, and they have the picks to prove it. A similarly competitive team in the 1960s to the 2020s, how have the Chiefs’ selections in Round 1 helped them maintain relevance?

Kansas City Chiefs First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

It’s surprising that the Chiefs — a team that won three AFL Championships in the 1960s and won the 1970 Super Bowl — only has four Hall of Fame first-round picks across its team history. And one of those picks — running back Gale Sayers — never played for the Chiefs, choosing to sign with the Bears when the AFL and NFL were clashing.

In the modern NFL, Kansas City already has a Round 1 pick who may be an immediate Hall of Fame candidate when his career ends in Patrick Mahomes. After just six seasons in the league, Mahomes is already a two-time MVP, two-time Super Bowl champion, two-time All-Pro, and five-time Pro Bowler. It’s exciting to think about what else he can accomplish.

2023

  • Felix Anudike-Uzomah | Round 1, Pick 31
    EDGE, Kansas State

2022

  • Trent McDuffie | Round 1, Pick 21
    CB, Washington
  • George Karlaftis | Round 1, Pick 30
    EDGE, Purdue

2021

The Chiefs traded the 31st pick to the Baltimore Ravens.

2020

  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire | Pick 32
    RB, LSU

2019

The Chiefs traded the 29th pick to the Seattle Seahawks.

2018

The Chiefs traded the 22nd pick to the Buffalo Bills.

2017

  • Patrick Mahomes | Pick 10
    QB, Texas Tech

2016

The Chiefs traded the 28th pick to the San Francisco 49ers.

2015

  • Marcus Peters | Pick 18
    CB, Washington

2014

  • Dee Ford | Pick 23
    LB, Auburn

2013

  • Eric Fisher | Pick 1
    T, Central Michigan

2012

  • Dontari Poe | Pick 11
    DT, Memphis

2011

  • Jonathan Baldwin | Pick 26
    WR, Pittsburgh

2010

  • Eric Berry | Pick 5
    DB, Tennessee

2009

  • Tyson Jackson | Pick 3
    DE, LSU

2008

  • Glenn Dorsey | Pick 5
    DT, LSU
  • Branden Albert | Pick 15
    G, Virginia

2007

  • Dwayne Bowe | Pick 23
    WR, LSU

2006

  • Tamba Hali | Pick 20
    DE, Penn State

2005

  • Derrick Johnson | Pick 15
    LB, Texas

2004

The Chiefs traded the 30th pick to the Detroit Lions.

2003

  • Larry Johnson | Pick 27
    RB, Penn State

2002

  • Ryan Sims | Pick 6
    DT, North Carolina

2001

The Chiefs traded the 12th pick to the St. Louis Rams.

2000

  • Sylvester Morris | Pick 21
    WR, Jackson State

1999

  • John Tait | Pick 14
    T, BYU

1998

  • Victor Riley | Pick 27
    T, Auburn

1997

  • Tony Gonzalez* | Pick 13
    TE, California

1996

  • Jerome Woods | Pick 28
    DB, Memphis

1995

  • Trezelle Jenkins | Pick 31
    T, Michigan

1994

  • Greg Hill | Pick 25
    RB, Texas A&M

1993

The Chiefs traded the 18th pick to the San Francisco 49ers.

1992

  • Dale Carter | Pick 20
    DB, Tennessee

1991

  • Harvey Williams | Pick 21
    RB, LSU

1990

  • Percy Snow | Pick 13
    LB, Michigan State

1989

  • Derrick Thomas* | Pick 4
    LB, Alabama

1988

  • Neil Smith | Pick 2
    DE, Nebraska

1987

  • Paul Palmer | Pick 19
    RB, Temple

1986

  • Brian Jozwiak | Pick 7
    G, West Virginia

1985

  • Ethan Horton | Pick 15
    TE, North Carolina

1984

  • Bill Maas | Pick 5
    NT, Pittsburgh
  • John Alt | Pick 21
    T, Iowa

1983

  • Todd Blackledge | Pick 7
    QB, Penn State

1982

  • Anthony Hancock | Pick 11
    WR, Tennessee

1981

  • Willie Scott | Pick 14
    TE, South Carolina

1980

  • Brad Budde | Pick 11
    G, USC

1979

  • Mike Bell | Pick 2
    DE, Colorado State
  • Steve Fuller | Pick 23
    QB, Clemson

1978

  • Art Still | Pick 2
    DE, Kentucky

1977

  • Gary Green | Pick 10
    DB, Baylor

1976

  • Rod Walters | Pick 14
    G, Iowa

1975

The Chiefs traded away their first-round selection in 1975.

1974

  • Woody Green | Pick 16
    RB, Arizona State

1973

The Chiefs traded away their first-round selection in 1973.

1972

  • Jeff Kinney | Pick 23
    RB, Nebraska

1971

  • Elmo Wright | Pick 16
    WR, Houston

1970

  • Sid Smith | Pick 26
    C, USC

1969

  • Jim Marsalis | Pick 23
    DB, Tennessee State

1968

  • Mo Moorman | Pick 19
    G, Texas A&M
  • George Daney | Pick 22
    G, Texas-El Paso

1967

  • Gene Trosch | Pick 24
    DE, Miami (FL)

1966

  • Aaron Brown | Pick 6
    DE, Minnesota

1965

  • Gale Sayers* | Pick 5
    RB, Kansas

1964

  • Pete Beathard | Pick 2
    QB, USC

1963

  • Buck Buchanan* | Pick 1
    DT, Grambling State
  • Ed Budde | Pick 8
    G, Michigan State

1962

  • Ronnie Bull | Pick 3
    RB, Baylor

1961

  • E.J. Holub | Pick 6
    LB, Texas Tech

*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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