The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. Center E. J. Holub was the initial first round selection by made by the franchise. From 1960 to 1962, the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans until their relocation to Kansas City, Missouri. The team participated in the American Football League's annual player draft from 1960 to 1966 until the beginning of the common draft in 1967 and the AFL's subsequent merger with the National Football League in 1970. Since 1970, the team has participated in the National Football League's annual player draft.
The Chiefs have only had the first overall selection in the draft twice in franchise history, once in 2013 (Eric Fisher), the other in 1963 (Hall of Famer Buck Buchanan) when the team traded quarterback Cotton Davidson to the Oakland Raiders for the selection. The franchise has selected two players in the first round in the same year on five different occasions, coming in 1963, 1968, 1979, 1984, and 2008. The team has also traded away their first pick eight times, in 1973, 1975, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2016, 2018, 2019.
|1960||—||Abner Haynes||North Texas State||RB|
|1961||6||E.J. Holub||Texas Tech||C|
|1962||3||Ronnie Bull||Baylor||RB||Never played for the Chiefs|
|1963||8||Ed Budde||Michigan State||OT|
|1965||5||Gale Sayers||Kansas||RB||Never played for the Chiefs|
|1967||24||Gene Trosch||Miami (FL)||DT|
|1968||19||Mo Moorman||Texas A&M||G|
|1968||22||George Daney||Texas Western*||G|
|1969||23||Jim Marsalis||Tennessee State||CB|
|1974||16||Woody Green||Arizona State||RB|
|1979||2||Mike Bell||Colorado State||DE|
|1981||14||Willie Scott||South Carolina||TE|
|1983||7||Todd Blackledge||Penn State||QB|
|1985||15||Ethan Horton||North Carolina||RB|
|1986||7||Brian Jozwiak||West Virginia||OT|
|1990||13||Percy Snow||Michigan State||LB|
|1994||25||Greg Hill||Texas A&M||RB|
|2000||21||Sylvester Morris||Jackson State||WR|
|2002||6||Ryan Sims||North Carolina||DT|||
|2003||27||Larry Johnson||Penn State||RB|||
|2006||20||Tamba Hali||Penn State||DE|
|2013||1||Eric Fisher||Central Michigan||OT|||
|2017||10||Patrick Mahomes II||Texas Tech||QB|||
*Now known as Texas-El Paso or UTEP
Like most teams in the NFL, the Chiefs have never drafted a fullback, placekicker, or punter in the first round of the NFL Draft. Running backs are the most commonly selected by the Chiefs in the first round, with 10 coming since 1960. Before selecting Patrick Mahomes II in 2017, the Chiefs had gone 34 years in between selecting quarterbacks in the first round. Eight times the Chiefs have not had a first round draft pick due to trades.
Four players have been chosen by the Chiefs from LSU in the first round of the NFL Draft, with three consecutive from 2007–2009, the most from any one university. USC, Iowa, Tennessee and Penn State have all contributed three players to the Chiefs in the first round of the draft, all tied for second-most from one school.
Schools with multiple selections
Derrick O’Hara Johnson (born November 22, 1982) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned consensus All-American honors twice. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 15th overall selection in first round the 2005 NFL Draft. In his 13 seasons with the Chiefs, he made four Pro Bowls. He also played a season for the Oakland Raiders.
|Playoff appearances (20)|
|Division championships (10)|
|League championships (3)|
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Championship seasons in bold
Dallas Texans / Kansas City Chiefs first-round draft picks