When it comes to selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs are absolutely loaded.
The Chiefs have a whopping 12 picks in this year’s draft—tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for most of any team—including four picks in the seventh round. The draft can be a lottery at the best of times, even as high up as the first round. But with seven selections in the last round, will the Chiefs be able to strike gold? How have their previous seventh-round picks fared?
The Chiefs have an abundance of picks and there is a high probability that they trade away some of their seventh-round selections, but they are likely to have at least one.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ history of picking in the seventh round has brought about a mixed bag of results over the years.
Even though the odds of a late-round choice having a meaningful impact on the team are low, multiple players in the past have gone on to have meaningful, impactful careers in Kansas City.
The Chiefs selected guard Nick Allegretti in round seven of the 2019 draft, with the former Fighting Illini holding his own in the NFL. Allegretti started 12 games for the Chiefs in 2020, including KC’s two playoff games and the Super Bowl. His role was greatly reduced last season—he didn’t start a single game in 2021—but he did provide Chiefs Kingdom with a memorable highlight, catching a touchdown in KC’s 42-21 annihilation of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wil Card Round.
Ryan Succop is another name that Chiefs fans should remember, with Mr. Irrelevant in the 2009 draft playing spending five seasons in Kansas City. Succop is fourth all-time in points scored in KC franchise history, making 119 field goals and 100 percent of his 160 extra point attempts with the Chiefs. After his time in Kansas City came to an end in 2014, Succop spent six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While Succop and Allegretti have had solid impacts for the Chiefs, some of Kansas City’s other selections didn’t quite pan out. Thakarius “BoPete” Keyes, Da’Ron Brown, Mike Catapano, Junior Hemingway, Jerome Long, and Shane Bannon are KC’s other seventh-round picks since 2010, a group that didn’t yield much NFL playing time. Of that bunch, only Hemingway played more than five games for the Chiefs, with the wide receiver appearing in 31 games with 25 receptions, 233 yards, and two touchdowns across three seasons.
But if we look further back, a couple of other players were strong contributors for the Chiefs after being taken in the seventh round. Defensive back Eric Warfield was drafted by KC in 1998 and played in 115 games over eight years with the Chiefs. Warfield made 285 tackles and had 20 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns.
Dave Szott is another name Chiefs fans might recognize–the offensive lineman was drafted in 1990 and started 136 of his 142 games in Kansas City over 11 seasons.
And last but certainly not least, Hall of Famer Bobby Bell was drafted by Kansas City in the seventh round in 1963. Bell won Super Bowl IV with Kansas City and his illustrious career saw him elected to the NFL Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Chiefs Hall of Fame, with KC retiring his number 78. The nine-time Pro Bowler and six-time First-Team All-Pro played 168 games across 12 seasons with the Chiefs. Bell recorded 40.0 sacks and 26 interceptions, with six returned for touchdowns. He even returned a kickoff for a touchdown, too.
It can be easy for fans to become attached to any player their team selects in the draft, but who knows? One of Kansas City’s seventh-round picks this year could go on to reach the Hall of Fame—just like Bell.