The Best/Worst Draft Choices In Chiefs History

The annual NFL Draft has been a big part of building the roster of the Kansas City Chiefs since 1967. That was the year that the AFL and NFL took a second step towards merger after the first Super Bowl, with the combined draft.

Here’s your assignment: starting with that ’67 draft and running through last year’s selection meeting, please select two players:

  • The best choice in franchise history.
  • The worst choice in franchise history.

The criteria for selection on either choice is strictly personal. Any player taken, from DT Gene Trosch – the first choice of the ’67 Draft, to LB Cameron Sheffield – the last player selected in the ’10 Draft, is eligible. Provide commentary on each selection. When the voting is done, we’ll honor the Boom and Bust draft picks in Chiefs history. Simply attach your vote as a comment. The ballot box is open to all readers and will run through  Saturday at noon. VOTE NOW!

21 Responses to “The Best/Worst Draft Choices In Chiefs History”

  • April 4, 2011  - Chad Hamman says:

    Worst: Todd Blackledge. With so many other options at quarterback that year, it’s unbelievable the misfortune the chiefs had by picking the one first round quarterback who wasn’t a future hall of famer.
    Best: I want to say Len Dawson but he was a texans draft pick. So I have today Tony gonzalez. He’s a true team player, the best tight end to play the game and a born athlete and winner. Plus he’s a great guy.

  • April 5, 2011  - James says:

    Worst pick; This is a tough choice as Chief fan’s know there have been so many bad first picks but I agree with Chad Todd Blackledge as being the worst. Replace Blackledge with any other of the QB’s they could have picked and Chief’s history would be completely different.

    As for the best draft pick I say Dave Szott. I believe he was a seventh rounder and look what we got in return. Solid guard play for his time here in KC. A close second would be OT John Alt.

  • April 5, 2011  - RW says:

    A good case can be made for several guys both good and terrible. Starting with the BEST pick and the one providing top value, I go with:

    Jared Allen

    The worst:

    Trezelle Jenkins

  • April 5, 2011  - el cid says:

    In both cases, so many to chose from.

    Best – Bobby Bell
    Worst – Bob Stein or, maybe, Jr Savii, or Blackledge or I cannot mention them all.

  • April 5, 2011  - Haley's Ego says:

    Best: Will Shields (3rd Round – 74th Overall pick)

    Worst: Ryan Sims (1st Round – 6th Overall pick)

    And I’m surprised El Cid didn’t list Tyson Jackson as “best”.

    Um…I mean, “worst”.

  • April 5, 2011  - chewbone says:

    worst – elmore stephens TE
    2nd round kentucky 34 overall pick 1975
    murder charge after being drafted and
    never played (nice scouting)

    best – based on expected vs. what was delivered
    Deron Cherry – Rutgers punter to pro bowl

  • April 5, 2011  - el cid says:

    Sorry but T. Jackson is not in the running as a “best” or “worst”. And that may be a bigger indictment of his pick, not good enough or bad enough to be either. Just an average kid doing what he can.

  • April 5, 2011  - Hulls4Chiefs says:

    Best: Derrick Thomas
    Worst: Todd Blackledge

  • April 5, 2011  - CanadianChiefsFan says:

    Tough to pick either way!

    Best, Derrick Thomas, always the man, on and off the field, left us too early!

    Worst, Ryan Sims.

  • April 6, 2011  - Chuck says:

    BEST= Derrick Thomas, God I wish we could find another guy like him for this defense. WORST= Tyson Jackson. Mainly because not only has he not done a thing in 2 years (minus 6 games) but he is incredibly OVER PAID at 10+ million a year, and what a waste of a FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK!!!!!! Not to even mention the fact that he plays BACKUP most of the time!!!!!! After 2 years he should have shown us something, but he has NOT.

  • April 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    Ouch! Someone else is less than warn and fuzzy about that absolutely stunning first round Pioli pick, Haley’s Ego.

    Even so he is not the worst ever. Bob Stein was the start of the end of Hank Stram’s run as THE hc. He could not play a lick until he got to LA Rams, never very good.

  • April 6, 2011  - Terry Robinson says:

    Chad Hamman, sorry buddy but Lenny Dawson was not a draft choice for the Texans either. He was a first round draft choice for the Pittsburg Steelers in 1957 and rode the bench there. He was later traded to the Cleveland Browns in 1959 and did not get to play there either. Hank Stram was his coach while at Purdue and got him to come to the Texans in 1962. The rest of the story, you know.

    The best choice: Derrick Thomas, a man who would have changed the game, if L.T. had not already changed it. He brought fear to the opponents quarter back on every play.

    The worst choice: a tie between Todd Blackledge (passed on Dan Marino for him!) and Tyson Jackson. Sorry el cid, but a “average kid doing what he can” picked as the #3 overall, when we really needed someone good? A 5th round talent picked that high….

    My own catagory: Worst Chief’s trade ever: Curley Culp for John Matuszak

  • April 6, 2011  - PAChiefsFan says:

    Best: Derrick Thomas. Still had years left to dominate before his accident. Tragic loss.

    Worst: Trezelle Jenkins

  • April 6, 2011  - Howard says:

    Best: DT…No contest. RIP’d way before anyone could have thought. Still is, and always will be the best draft pick EVER!

    Worst: Agree with lots of other here, Trezelle Jenkins. We all still remember that fiasco, and hope we never have to relive it.

  • April 7, 2011  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    BEST: Willie Lanier (#50 – 1967). That draft also brought Jim Lynch @ #47 to form one of the most dominating Linebacker corps, along with Bobby Bell. Bobby was my original choice, but he was 1963.

    WORST: Ryan Sims. We’re still trying to make up for that pick and subsequent DL picks.

    Go CHIEFS!

  • April 7, 2011  - Byzkit says:

    Best: Derrick Thomas (Biggest game changer on the D)

    Worst: Todd Blackledge (Really Blackledge… With all of the great QB’s taken in 83 the Chiefs draft Blackledge)

  • April 8, 2011  - Eric says:

    Best: Will Shields
    Worst: Brian Jozwiak (7th overall in 1986) played less than three mediocre seasons for the Chiefs

  • April 8, 2011  - Donald says:

    Best: Bobby Bell – Outside linebacker, long snapper, hands team on kick-offs (returned onside kick for TD) all around great athlete and football player.
    Worst: Todd Blackledge – with all the QB talent in the draft we pick the misfire.

  • April 8, 2011  - Paul says:

    Worst: Anthony Hancock. At a time when the Chiefs needed a star WR. They struck out with Hancock.

    Best: Derek Thomas. What more needs said? A Hall of Famer on the field. Led the Chiefs in the great decades of the 1990′s

  • April 9, 2011  - txchief says:

    Worst: Turd Blackledge

    Best: Derrick Thomas

  • April 9, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Best- Derrick Thomas

    Worst-Brian Jozwiak

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