Top 10 all-time draft picks by Kansas City Chiefs
10. Eric Berry
The Chiefs selected safety Eric Berry out of Tennessee with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Berry was an explosive athlete in the secondary for the Volunteers and averaged nearly 82 tackles per season, 5 interceptions, and one touchdown. He would quickly become a fantastic leader for a team and a franchise that desperately needed one.
Berry was a special player for the Chiefs, and that’s probably putting it mildly. He was an early star, making the Pro Bowl his rookie year after recording 87 combined tackles, four interceptions, and two sacks. In his nine years with the team, he would be selected to five Pro Bowls and voted to three First Team All Pro teams. He was also voted to the 2010 NFL All Rookie Team, and was voted to the NFL’s Top 100 players’ list four times making it as high as 13th overall in 2017.
Berry had a sparkling career with the Chiefs, which is partly why it was so difficult for fans to see him released earlier this offseason. His most memorable stretch with the team was during the 2014 and 2015 season, where he was diagnosed with and proceeded to beat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Following his battle with cancer, he had an incredible 2015 season. He had 61 combined tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes defensed. He was voted First Team All Pro and was voted the 2015 NFL AP and PFWA Comeback Player of the year. It was a miracle season for Berry, and it was a special event for the fans to watch.
Berry checks in at number 10 on this list of draft picks. He met and likely surpassed the expectations that teams have when they draft a player with the fifth overall pick. His value was more than just statistical. He was an incredible leader on and off the field and was a national inspiration for his hardwork in the midst of unimaginable challenges.
ANNUAL IMPACT SCORE: 24