Buck Buchanan is one of only 14 players in the history of the National Football League draft to have gone from being the first overall pick of a draft to earning election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1963 (AFL) - BUCK BUCHANAN, DT, GRAMBLING (KANSAS CITY CHIEFS)
How the Chiefs landed the No. 1 pick:
The Chiefs, who played their first three seasons as the Dallas Texans, finished 11-3-0 in 1962 and capped the season with a thrilling overtime victory over the Houston Oilers in the AFL title game. The club made a trade with the Oakland Raiders in ’62 that sent QB Cotton Davidson west in exchange for the Raiders’ No. 1 pick the next year. Fortunately for the Chiefs, the Raiders finished in the basement of the AFL’s Western Division in 1962 with a 1-13-0 mark.
Scouting Buchanan’s college career:
The Chiefs made no mistake that they wanted Buchanan, a three-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference choice. Grambling coach Eddie Robinson called Buchanan, “the best lineman he had seen.” With a battle raging between the AFL and NFL, the Chiefs signed the speedy defensive end to a contract minutes after he was drafted.
At 6’7”, 286 pounds, Buchanan found an instant starting spot on the team’s defensive line. Coach Hank Stram commented on the rookie by stating “he’s blossomed just like a big flower.”
AFL/NFL Career highlights:
A dominant force on the heralded Chiefs defenses, Buchanan was named to six AFL All-Star Games and two AFC-NFC Pro Bowls. HOF Bio>>>
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