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A Look Back at Every Third-Round Draft Pick in Chiefs’ History

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The 2022 NFL Draft is nearly hereMatt McMullen

A system called the “common draft” was implemented for the AFL and NFL in 1967, creating a joint draft between the two leagues and establishing the precursor for what has become the marquee event of the offseason.

The two leagues merged in 1970, and the rest is history.

In the days leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we’re taking a look back at who the Kansas City Chiefs have selected in each round since the event’s beginnings 55 years ago. Here’s a look at what we’ve covered so far:

Round 7 | Round 6 | Round 5 | Round 4

We’ll continue with the third round, where Kansas City currently owns two selections (No. 94 and No. 103). The Chiefs didn’t make a selection in the third round last year.

As of now, these are the selections Kansas City currently has in the 2022 Draft:

No. 29 overall (Round 1)

No. 30 overall (Round 1)

No. 50 overall (Round 2)

No. 62 overall (Round 2)

No. 94 overall (Round 3)

No. 103 overall (Round 3)*

No. 121 overall (Round 4)

No. 135 overall (Round 4)

No. 233 overall (Round 7)

No. 243 overall (Round 7)

No. 251 overall (Round 7)

No. 259 overall (Round 7)*

* Denotes a compensatory pick

And here’s a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the third round since 1967:

2020 | Pick No. 96 | Lucas Niang | OT | TCU

2019 | Pick No. 84 | Khalen Saunders | DT | Western Illinois

2018 | Pick No. 100 | Dorian O’Daniel | LB | Clemson

2018 | Pick No. 75 | Derrick Nnadi | DT | Florida State

2017 | Pick No. 86 | Kareem Hunt | RB | Toledo

2016 | Pick No. 74 | KeiVarae Russell | CB | Notre Dame

2015 | Pick No. 98 | Steven Nelson | CB | Oregon State

2015 | Pick No. 76 | Chris Conley | WR | Georgia

2014 | Pick No. 87 | Phillip Gaines | DB | Rice

2013 | Pick No. 96 | Knile Davis | RB | Arkansas

2013 | Pick No. 63 | Travis Kelce | TE | Cincinnati

2012 | Pick No. 74 | Donald Stephenson | T | Oklahoma

2011 | Pick No. 86 | Allen Bailey | DE | Miami (FL)

2011 | Pick No. 70 | Justin Houston | LB | Georgia

2010 | Pick No. 93 | Tony Moeaki | TE | Iowa

2010 | Pick No. 68 | Jon Asamoah | G | Illinois

2009 | Pick No. 67 | Alex Magee | DE | Purdue

2008 | Pick No. 82 | DaJuan Morgan | DB | North Carolina State

2008 | Pick No. 76 | Brad Cottam | TE | Tennessee

2008 | Pick No. 73 | Jamaal Charles | RB | Texas

2007 | Pick No. 82 | Tank Tyler | DT | North Carolina State

2006 | Pick No. 85 | Brodie Croyle | QB | Alabama

2005 | Pick No. 99 | Dustin Colquitt | P | Tennessee

2004 | Pick No. 93 | Keyaron Fox | LB | Georgia Tech

2003 | Pick No. 92 | Julian Battle | DB | Tennessee

2001 | Pick No. 77 | Snoop Minnis | WR | Florida State

2001 | Pick No. 75 | Eric Downing | DT | Syracuse

2000 | Pick No. 85 | Greg Wesley | DB | Arkansas – Pine Bluff

1999 | Pick No. 84 | Larry Atkins | LB | UCLA

1999 | Pick No. 75 | Gary Stills | DE | West Virginia

1998 | Pick No. 88 | Rashaan Shehee | RB | Washington

1996 | Pick No. 68 | John Browning | DT | West Virginia

1995 | Pick No. 97 | Troy Dumas | LB | Nebraska

1995 | Pick No. 81 | Tamarick Vanover | WR | Florida State

1994 | Pick No. 96 | Chris Penn | WR | Tulsa

1994 | Pick No. 92 | Lake Dawson | WR | Notre Dame

1993 | Pick No. 74 | Will Shields | G | Nebraska

1991 | Pick No. 77 | Tim Barnett | WR | Jackson State

1989 | Pick No. 60 | Naz Worthen | WR | North Carolina State

1988 | Pick No. 59 | Kevin Porter | DB | Auburn

1987 | Pick No. 73 | Todd Howard | LB | Texas A&M

1986 | Pick No. 63 | Leonard Griffin | DE | Grambling State

1984 | Pick No. 61 | Herman Heard | RB | Colorado State – Pueblo

1983 | Pick No. 61 | Albert Lewis | DB | Grambling State

1981 | Pick No. 78 | Lloyd Burruss | DB | Maryland

1981 | Pick No. 75 | Roger Taylor | T | Oklahoma State

1981 | Pick No. 70 | Marvin Harvey | TE | Southern Miss

1980 | Pick No. 66 | James Hadnot | RB | Texas Tech

1978 | Pick No. 58 | Gary Spani | LB | Kansas State

1977 | Pick No. 67 | Tom Howard | LB | Texas Tech

1976 | Pick No. 79 | Henry Marshall | WR | Missouri

1976 | Pick No. 74 | Gary Barbaro | DB | Nicholls State

1976 | Pick No. 63 | Keith Simons | DT | Minnesota

1975 | Pick No. 59 | Cornelius Walker | DT | Rice

1974 | Pick No. 66 | David Jaynes | QB | Kansas

1973 | Pick No. 72 | Paul Krause | T | Central Michigan

1970 | Pick No. 78 | David Hadley | DB | Alcorn State

1970 | Pick No. 61 | Billy Bob Barnett | DE | Texas A&M

1969 | Pick No. 76 | Morris Stroud | TE | Clark (GA)

1967 | Pick No. 77 | Billy Masters | TE | LSU

Notes:

– Fifty-six of Kansas City’s 60 third-round picks since 1967 have gone on to suit up for the Chiefs, playing in a combined 3,562 total contests.

– The Chiefs have found a tremendous amount of success in the third round over the years, selecting All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce (2013), linebacker Justin Houston (2011), the franchise’s all-time leading rusher in Jamaal Charles (2008), two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt (2005), Hall of Fame offensive guard Will Shields (1993), two-time All-Pro defensive back Albert Lewis (1983) and linebacker Gary Spani (1978) – who has the second-most tackles in team history – to name a few.

– In all, Kansas City’s third-round picks have tallied 39 Pro Bowl selections. Shields is responsible for 12 of those nominations – the most of any third-round pick in the NFL since 1967.

– Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, who the Chiefs selected with the No. 75 overall pick in 2018, has started 64 games for Kansas City over the last four seasons.

– Thirteen of Kansas City’s third-round picks since 1967 went on to play in at least 100 games for the Chiefs: punter Dustin Colquitt (238), offensive guard Will Shields (224), wide receiver Henry Marshall (165), defensive back Albert Lewis (150), defensive back Lloyd Burruss (145), tight end Travis Kelce (127), linebacker Gary Spani (124), defensive tackle John Browning (121), defensive back Greg Wesley (118), tailback Jamaal Charles (103), defensive end Leonard Griffin (103), linebacker Justin Houston (102), defensive tackle Allen Bailey (102) and defensive back Gary Barbaro (101).

– Additionally, punter Dustin Colquitt (238) and offensive guard Will Shields (224) own the top two spots in terms of games played in franchise history.

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