Kansas City Chiefs all-time best NFL Draft picks by round

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Round 5: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill is unquestionably the best Chiefs receiver in recent memory. But his off-field issues hindered him from even coming into the league.

In 2016, Hill was coming off an impressive college career at West Alabama, where he displayed incredible speed and playmaking ability. However, Hill’s off-field issues had a significant impact on his draft stock.

Hill had faced legal troubles during his college years, pleading guilty to domestic assault charges. As a result, many teams were hesitant to take a chance on him in the NFL Draft due to the serious nature of the allegations. However, the Chiefs, under the leadership of Reid and then-general manager John Dorsey, believed in giving Hill a second chance. The Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, at 165th overall. Despite his on-field talent, the move was met with mixed reactions from fans and analysts, as some questioned the Chiefs’ willingness to overlook Hill’s past transgressions.

Hill’s impact on the field was immediate. He showcased his exceptional speed and versatility, making an impact as a wide receiver and notable return specialist in his rookie year. His speed allowed him to outrun defenders and make explosive plays, leading to touchdowns and game-changing moments. As Hill’s career progresses, he continues to impress with his exceptional speed, agility, and route-running ability. He was a key component of the Chiefs’ high-powered offense, forming a dynamic connection with Mahomes. Hill’s ability to stretch the field and make big plays downfield earned him the nickname “Cheetah” and made him one of the most feared wide receivers in the league.

Off the field, Hill focused on turning his life around and making amends for his past mistakes. He engaged in community service and became an advocate for domestic violence awareness, using his platform to educate others and promote positive change.

No matter how Chiefs fans feel about Hill now, his accolades as a Chief are undeniable. He had three first-team All-Pro selections, along with being selected to every Pro Bowl from 2016–2021. Hill is no longer in Kansas City, but it is hard to write the story of Super Bowl LIV without him in it. Hill remains one of the best receivers in the league, and his story is only getting better considering his low draft status.

Honorable Mentions: WR Carlos Carson, DB Brandon Carr, DB Kendrick Lewis