The Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri. Center E. J. Holub was the initial first round selection by made by the franchise. From 1960 to 1962, the Chiefs were known as the Dallas Texans until their relocation to Kansas City, Missouri. The team participated in the American Football League's annual player draft from 1960 to 1966 until the beginning of the common draft in 1967 and the AFL's subsequent merger with the National Football League in 1970. Since 1970, the team has participated in the National Football League's annual player draft.
The Chiefs have only had the first overall selection in the draft twice in franchise history, once in 2013 (Eric Fisher), the other in 1963 (Hall of Famer Buck Buchanan) when the team traded quarterback Cotton Davidson to the Oakland Raiders for the selection. The franchise has selected two players in the first round in the same year on five different occasions, coming in 1963, 1968, 1979, 1984, and 2008. The team has also traded away their first pick eight times, in 1973, 1975, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2016, 2018, 2019.
*Now known as Texas-El Paso or UTEP
Like most teams in the NFL, the Chiefs have never drafted a fullback, placekicker, or punter in the first round of the NFL Draft. Running backs are the most commonly selected by the Chiefs in the first round, with 10 coming since 1960. Before selecting Patrick Mahomes II in 2017, the Chiefs had gone 34 years in between selecting quarterbacks in the first round. Eight times the Chiefs have not had a first round draft pick due to trades.
Four players have been chosen by the Chiefs from LSU in the first round of the NFL Draft, with three consecutive from 2007–2009, the most from any one university. USC, Iowa, Tennessee and Penn State have all contributed three players to the Chiefs in the first round of the draft, all tied for second-most from one school.
Schools with multiple selections
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- Elected to play in the National Football League instead of the American Football League.
- Selection acquired in a trade from the Oakland Raiders.
- Obtained QB Joe Montana, S David Whitmore and San Francisco’s 1994 third-round pick in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (18th overall).
- Obtained Jacksonville’s first-round pick (31st overall, Trezelle Jenkins), third-round pick (97th overall, LB Troy Dumas), fourth-round pick (134th overall, QB Steve Stenstrom) and a 1996 fourth-round pick for the Chiefs' first-round pick (19th overall).
- Obtained Houston’s first-round pick (13th overall, TE Tony Gonzalez) and fourth-round pick (110th overall, QB Pat Barnes) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round (18th overall), third-round (81st overall), fourth-round (116th overall) and sixth-round (181st overall) picks.
- Obtained QB Trent Green and St. Louis’ fifth-round pick (150th overall, RB Derrick Blaylock) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (12th overall).
- Obtained Dallas’ first-round pick (sixth overall, DT Ryan Sims) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (8th overall), third-round pick (75th overall) and a sixth-round pick in 2003.
- Obtained Pittsburgh’s first-round pick (27th overall, RB Larry Johnson), third-round pick (92nd overall, CB Julian Battle) and sixth-round pick (200th overall, subsequently traded to the New York Jets) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (16th overall).
- Obtained Detroit’s 2004 second-round pick (DT Junior Siavii), fourth-round pick (WR Samie Parker) and a fifth-round pick in 2005 in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (30th overall).
- Rosenthal, Gregg (April 25, 2013). "Eric Fisher goes No. 1 to Kansas City Chiefs in NFL draft". National Football League. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- Obtained the Buffalo Bills first round selection by trading their 1st round selection (27th overall), 3rd round selection (91st overall), and their 2018 first round selection (22nd overall).
- The Chiefs traded their 1st and 3rd round picks in 2019 NFL Draft and a 2nd round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for defensive end Frank Clark and the Seahawks 3rd round pick.