Kansas City Chiefs fourth round pick history is pretty unimpressive

Otis Taylor #89 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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The history of the Chiefs 4th round picks shows that the team can find legends deep in the selection process, but have been more prone to swing and miss.

The Kansas City Chiefs currently own picks in the first five rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. In anticipation of making those selections, we’re covering the best picks in Kansas City history by round. We started with round five and now we’re on to round four.

When we discussed fifth round picks, we noted how disastrous the round had been, by and large. We even included a wide receiver who failed to really blossom until he left the franchise due to the shallow pool to select from. And, while all of that was true of the team’s fifth round history, the fourth round is almost certainly worse for the Chiefs, historically.

There is data to support this absurd claim. Since 1961, Kansas City has made 62 fourth round selections. Of those, only five (FIVE!) ever made the Pro Bowl, only two of them were ever named 1st Team All-Pro’s, and just over half (39 of 62) were ever starting-caliber players in the NFL. In 1977 the team had four 4th round selections; combined the four of those players had five seasons were starting players.

When researching the history of these selections, a ranked list is created. In the list of fourth round picks, honorable mention for best selections in the fourth round would include the likes of Demarcus Robinson and De’Anthony Thomas. That should roughly indicate all relevant context for fourth round history.

Without further ado, let’s break down the top five fourth round picks in team history.