List of Kansas City Chiefs first-round draft picks

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Eric Berry, the Chiefs' fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

The following is a complete list of players selected in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League Draft. The list excludes the 1960 draft selections, due to the team's requirement to fill up their entire squad. 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.[1] 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.[2] 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, the other in 1963 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 five times, coming in 1973, 1975, 1993, 2001, and 2004.

Players selected[edit]

Year Pick Player name College Position Notes
1960 Abner Haynes North Texas State RB
1961 E.J. Holub Texas Tech C
1962 Ronnie Bull[3] Baylor RB
1963 Buck Buchanan[4] Grambling DT
1963 Ed Budde Michigan State OT
1964 Pete Beathard Southern California QB
1965 Gale Sayers[3] Kansas RB
1966 Aaron Brown Minnesota DE
1967 24 Gene Trosch Miami DT
1968 19 Mo Moorman Texas A&M G
1968 22 George Daney Texas-El Paso G
1969 23 Jim Marsalis Tennessee State CB
1970 26 Sid Smith Southern California OT
1971 16 Elmo Wright Houston WR
1972 23 Jeff Kinney Nebraska RB
1973 No pick
1974 16 Woody Green Arizona State RB
1975 No pick
1976 14 Wayne Walters Iowa G
1977 10 Gary Green Baylor CB
1978 2 Art Still Kentucky DE
1979 2 Mike Bell Colorado State DE
1979 23 Steve Fuller Clemson QB
1980 11 Brad Budde Southern California G
1981 14 Willie Scott South Carolina TE
1982 11 Anthony Hancock Tennessee WR
1983 7 Todd Blackledge Penn State QB
1984 5 Bill Maas Pittsburgh DT
1984 21 John Alt Iowa OT
1985 15 Ethan Horton North Carolina RB
1986 7 Brian Jozwiak West Virginia OT
1987 19 Paul Palmer Temple RB
1988 2 Neil Smith Nebraska DE
1989 4 Derrick Thomas Alabama LB
1990 13 Percy Snow Michigan State LB
1991 21 Harvey Williams Louisiana State RB
1992 20 Dale Carter Tennessee CB
1993 No pick [5]
1994 25 Greg Hill Texas A&M RB
1995 31 Trezelle Jenkins Michigan OT [6]
1996 28 Jerome Woods Memphis SS
1997 13 Tony Gonzalez California TE [7]
1998 27 Victor Riley Auburn OT
1999 14 John Tait Brigham Young OT
2000 21 Sylvester Morris Jackson State WR
2001 No pick [8]
2002 6 Ryan Sims North Carolina DT [9]
2003 27 Larry Johnson Penn State RB [10]
2004 No pick [11]
2005 15 Derrick Johnson Texas LB
2006 20 Tamba Hali Penn State DE
2007 23 Dwayne Bowe Louisiana State WR
2008 5 Glenn Dorsey Louisiana State DT
2008 15 Branden Albert Virginia G
2009 3 Tyson Jackson Louisiana State DE
2010 5 Eric Berry Tennessee S
2011 26 Jonathan Baldwin Pittsburgh WR
2012 11 Dontari Poe Memphis NT
2013 1 Eric Fisher Central Michigan OT [12]
2014 23 Dee Ford Auburn DE
2015 18 Marcus Peters Washington CB

By position[edit]

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.

By university[edit]

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. Southern California, 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.


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  3. ^ a b Elected to play in the National Football League instead of the American Football League.
  4. ^ Selection acquired in a trade from the Oakland Raiders. To date, this is the Chiefs' only first overall selection.
  5. ^ Obtained QB Joe Montana, S David Whitmore and San Francisco’s 1994 third-round pick in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (18th overall).
  6. ^ Obtained Jacksonville’s first-round pick (31st overall, Trezelle Jenkins), third-round pick (97th overall, LB Troy Dumas), fourth-round pick (134th overall, QB Steve Stenstrom) and a 1996 fourth-round pick for the Chiefs' first-round pick (19th overall).
  7. ^ Obtained Houston’s first-round pick (13th overall, TE Tony Gonzalez) and fourth-round pick (110th overall, QB Pat Barnes) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round (18th overall), third-round (81st overall), fourth-round (116th overall) and sixth-round (181st overall) picks.
  8. ^ Obtained QB Trent Green and St. Louis’ fifth-round pick (150th overall, RB Derrick Blaylock) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (12th overall).
  9. ^ Obtained Dallas’ first-round pick (sixth overall, DT Ryan Sims) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (8th overall), third-round pick (75th overall) and a sixth-round pick in 2003.
  10. ^ Obtained Pittsburgh’s first-round pick (27th overall, RB Larry Johnson), third-round pick (92nd overall, CB Julian Battle) and sixth-round pick (200th overall, subsequently traded to the New York Jets) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (16th overall).
  11. ^ Obtained Detroit’s 2004 second-round pick (DT Junior Siavii), fourth-round pick (WR Samie Parker) and a fifth-round pick in 2005 in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (30th overall).
  12. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (April 25, 2013). "Eric Fisher goes No. 1 to Kansas City Chiefs in NFL draft". National Football League. Retrieved April 25, 2013.