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    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.

    2024

    • Xavier Worthy | Pick 28
      WR, Texas

    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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