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A brief history of the Chiefs' draft picks

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Derrick Thomas
1989, Round 1, Pick No. 4

Easily one of the greatest pass rushers of all time, Thomas menaced quarterbacks. D.T. had a Hall of Fame career — holding franchise records for sacks, safeties, fumble recoveries and forced fumbles — and fans at Arrowhead still wear his No. 58 jersey. The sack master's life is still colored a bit by his irresponsible death.

Neil Smith
1988, Round 1, Pick No. 2

Offensive lines facing the Chiefs had to pick their poison in the late 1980s and '90s, when a quarterback was sure to get swallowed by either D.T. or Smith. It stings a bit, though, that Smith's career concluded with AFC rivals the Broncos (where he won two Super Bowls) and the Chargers.

Will Shields
1993, Round 3, Pick No. 74

Not one game was missed in 14 seasons — that means 231 consecutive games, including the playoffs. Shields was a pure diamond in the rough, playing in 12 Pro Bowls every year from 1995 to 2006.

Jared Allen
2004, Round 4, Pick No. 126

The mullet king of Minnesota makes the list for being a sneaky good value from the fourth round. Allen terrorized opposing quarterbacks in ways this city hadn't seen since D.T. and Smith. Sadly, No. 69 had to leave KC, but the Chiefs turned Allen into a first-round pick (offensive tackle Branden Albert) and two third-round picks (one of which was running back Jamaal Charles). Not a bad haul.

Jamaal Charles
2008, Round 3, Pick No. 73

Thanks to Larry Johnson being a royal fuckup, the Chiefs turned to Charles (and, to a lesser extent, Kolby Smith). Charles put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2009 and 2010 before tearing his ACL in the second game of the 2011 season. Charles bounced back by rushing for 1,509 yards in 2012, and he broke Jim Brown's 47-year-old yards-per-carry record by averaging 5.82 yards.

Christian Okoye
1987, Round 2, Pick No. 35

"The Nigerian Nightmare" retired as the Chiefs' all-time leading rusher, with 4,897 yards in six seasons. (Priest Holmes later broke the record.) Okoye called it quits due to injuries. His legend lives on among Chiefs fans and retro gamers, thanks to Tecmo Super Bowl, in which he's virtually impossible to tackle.


THE WORST

Pat Barnes
1997, Round 4, Pick No. 110

The Cal quarterback never threw a pass in the NFL. Not once.

Todd Blackledge
1983, Round 1, Pick No. 7

The Quarterback Class of 1983 saw six gunslingers drafted in the first round. John Elway went No. 1. A quarterback wasn't selected until six picks later ... by the Chiefs. KC drafted Blackledge, who had led Penn State to a national championship. Four of the QBs in this draft played in Super Bowls. Blackledge wasn't one of them. The Chiefs picked him instead of Jim Kelly or Dan Marino. Kelly. Marino. Let that sink in.

Trezelle Jenkins
1995, Round 1, Pick No. 31

Three seasons. Nine games. One start. That's it. That's all KC got out of the offensive tackle from the University of Michigan. But don't feel bad, Chiefs fans. The XFL's San Francisco Demons drafted him five years later — and he couldn't make the team.

Sylvester Morris
2000, Round 1, Pick No. 21

Longevity wasn't Morris' strong suit. The wide receiver from Jackson State saw his career ended by knee injuries after just one season playing for the Chiefs, catching 48 passes for 678 yards and three touchdowns (all three caught in one game, a 42-14 thrashing of the San Diego Chargers).

Ryan Sims
2002, Round 1, Pick No. 6

Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson made Sims the first defensive tackle taken in the 2002 draft, taking a pass on future Pro Bowl DTs John Henderson and Albert Haynesworth. Both proved to be better in the trenches than the Tar Heel: Sporting News would call Haynesworth "the most dominant defensive tackle in the league" in 2009. In his five KC seasons, Sims started only 36 games and managed to record just five sacks. The Chiefs had seen enough of him by 2007, when the team dumped him on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a seventh-round pick. Sims seems to be the beginning of several defensive-line busts. See also: Junior Siavii ('04), Turk McBride ('07), Tank Tyler ('07), Alex Magee ('09).

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