Who are the best late round picks in Chiefs history?
In the 61 NFL/AFL Drafts that the Kansas City Chiefs franchise has taken part in, the vast majority of players they’ve selected in the sixth round or later have failed to become effective professional football players. In fact, many have never even made it onto the field in a regular season game.
However, in spite of the dismally bad chances of making a significant impact, a handful of players have beaten the odds and become not only productive players, but some of the best players in team history.
The list, of course, is slanted towards distant Chiefs’ history – the draft used to have 30 rounds and there were only eight AFL teams for the league’s first draft in 1960. Today there are 32 teams and only seven rounds. It stands to reason, then, that later round selections in the infancy of the AFL and NFL (merger) had a better chance to make an impact, because they were higher overall selections.
Despite the difficult cross-generational computations, what players stand out as the best ever selected by Kansas City in the sixth round or later of the draft?