Nico Johnson, a three-year starter at inside linebacker for the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide was the Chiefs selection in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The pick came Saturday morning as the NFL began the third day of its three-selection meeting.
The Chiefs filled a need by taking the 6-2, 250-pound Johnson, one of the leaders of the defense for Nick Saban over the last two seasons. Johnson played 51 games in four seasons in Tuscaloosa and started 18 games during his career in the 3-4 defense.
He was part of 3 national championship teams, as the Tide won the title in his freshman, junior and senior seasons. Johnson played in all three of those victories against Texas, LSU and Notre Dame.
In the 2012 season he shared Defensive Player of the Year honors with CB Dee Milliner, contributing 55 total tackles and 2 forced fumbles.