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Kansas City Chiefs - Best Number One Pick for Every Team in NFL Draft History

Before the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs called Kansas City home, they were based in Dallas as the Texans. We now have a Texans team in Houston but the original Texans were in Dallas for only three seasons as a member of the old American Football League (AFL). In 1962 the Texans won the AFL title after having a 6-8 and 8-6 season in 1961 and 1960 respectively. The Chiefs’ draft history dates back to 1963 when Buck Buchanan was the first overall pick and he became a star. Another draft stud would not come along until 1989 when Derrick Thomas was chosen in the first round with the 4th overall pick. Thomas would tragically die at the young age of 33 following his football career from heart failure as a result of injuries suffered from a tragic car accident he was involved in that killed a friend who was riding along after he had retired from football. There have been some outstanding picks in the first round by Kansas City and it remains to be seen if Patrick Mahomes will be the best but until he quits the game, but with Tony Gonzalez coming to Kansas City in 1997 he would become one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. He would be my choice with Derrick Thomas a very close second.

Honorable Mentions: Elmo Wright (1971), Brad Budde (1980), Bill Maas (1984), John Tait (1999), Larry Johnson (2003), Eric Berry (2010), Dee Ford (2014), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (2020)

Harv Aronson

Harv Aronson


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