Backdraft: Kansas City Chiefs


BACKDRAFT SERIES: For 16 days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, we're rolling out capsule draft histories of each of the 32 NFL Teams.



Backdraft Series
Apr. 12 - Packers | Steelers
Apr. 13 - Bears | Jets
Apr. 14- Patriots | Falcons
Apr. 15- Ravens | Seahawks
Apr. 16- Saints | Eagles
Apr. 17- Colts | Chiefs
Apr. 18- Buccaneers | Giants
Apr. 19- Chargers | Raiders
Apr. 20- Jaguars | Dolphins
Apr. 21- Rams | Lions
Apr. 22- Vikings | Texans
Apr. 23- Redskins | Cowboys
Apr. 24- Titans | 49ers
Apr. 25- Browns | Cardinals
Apr. 26- Bengals | Bills
Apr. 27- Broncos | Panthers
2011 Draft Position:
• 21


First-Ever Draft Pick:

• Don Meredith, QB, Southern Methodist (1st Round, 1960) The AFL's first draft had a provision where each of the eight clubs one "territorial" or "bonus" pick. The Chiefs, then known as the Dallas Texans, selected Meredith. The SMU QB was also drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 3rd round, 32nd overall in the NFL Draft that year. He eventually signed with expansion Dallas Cowboys and spent nine seasons as the team's QB.


Most Recent Draft Pick:

• Cameron Sheffield, LB, Troy (5th round, 142nd overall, in 2010)

Hall of Famers Drafted:

Buck Buchanan - 1st Round (1st overall) 1963 AFL Draft (Also drafted in 19th round - 265th overall - of 1963 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.)
Bobby Bell - 7th Round (56th overall) 1963 AFL Draft (Also drafted in 2nd round - 16th overall - of 1963 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.)
Roger Staubach – 16th round (122nd overall) as future pick, 1964 AFL Draft (Also drafted in 10th Round - 129th overall- by Dallas Cowboys in NFL Draft
Gale Sayers – 1st Round, 1965 AFL Draft (Also drafted in 1st Round – 4th overall – by Chicago Bears in NFL Draft
Jan Stenerud - 3rd Round of the 1966 AFL Red Shirt Draft
Willie Lanier - 2nd Round (50th overall), 1967
Derrick Thomas - 1st Round (4th overall), 1989


First Overall Pick in the NFL Draft:

• 1963 – Junious "Buck" Buchanan, DT, Grambling

Buck Buchanan Willie Lanier Derrick Thomas
Did you know?
One of the key elements of the Chiefs early success as a franchise came from the fact that owner Lamar Hunt and coach Hank Stram recruited players from predominantly black colleges, which up to that time had not really been scouted. Their strategy worked as is evidenced by such Chiefs who've earned bronze busts in Canton: Buck Buchanan (Grambling), Willie Lanier (Morgan State), and Emmitt Thomas (Bishop).



"I think he'll be able to adapt quickly to what we're trying to do here, the evolution of the 3-4 defense has brought it to a point where you take one linebacker and utilize him as rusher," shared Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer after Kansas City picked Derrick Thomas with the fourth overall pick in 1989. Thomas was the Butkus Award winner as college's top linebacker.

Creating havoc for the opposing quarterbacks is something that Thomas wasted no time in doing at the NFL level. A devastating pass rusher, who owns the NFL record for seven sacks in a game, was posthumously enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

For more on Thomas' prowess as a pass rusher, read our featured titled "Sack Machine."



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