The 5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Kansas City Chiefs History

The 5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Kansas City Chiefs History

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Predicting the future performance of college football players can be a difficult task. That is the reason every NFL team has their share of hits and misses in the NFL Draft. When you look back, some of the misses hurt more than others. It makes you wonder what might have been. With that in mind, let’s look back at the five biggest draft blunders in Kansas City Chiefs history.

5. Drafting Jon Baldwin with the 26th overall pick

Jon Baldwin
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5. Drafting Jon Baldwin with the 26th overall pick

Jon Baldwin
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In 2011, Kansas City took Jon Baldwin with the 26th pick. Baldwin never panned out for the Chiefs and was traded last offseason. What really stings for Kansas City is that they could have had Colin Kaepernick, who went 10 picks later to the 49ers. If the Chiefs wanted a WR, they could have taken Torrey Smith or Randall Cobb who both went later in the second round of that draft.

4. Drafting Sylvester Morris 21st overall

Keith Bullock
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4. Drafting Sylvester Morris 21st overall

Keith Bullock
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In 2000, Kansas City selected Sylvester Morris with the 21st pick. Morris spent three seasons with the Chiefs and recorded three TDs. Kansas City could have selected LB Keith Bullock or DL Chris Hovan. Both of these players had long, productive careers in the NFL.

3. Drafting John Tait over Jevon Kearse

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3. Drafting John Tait over Jevon Kearse

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In 1999, Kansas City drafted OL John Tait with the 14th overall pick. Tait had a good career, but looking back I am sure the Chiefs wish they had selected DL Jevon Kearse. In 133 games, Jevon Kearse had 314 tackles and 74 sacks.

2. Drafting Ryan Sims over Dwight Freeney

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2. Drafting Ryan Sims over Dwight Freeney

Dwight Freeney
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In 2002, Kansas City took Ryan Sims with the 6th overall pick, but they could have had Dwight Freeney. While Sims recorded eight sacks in his NFL career, Freeney has recorded 108.

1. Drafting Todd Blackledge over Dan Marino

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1. Drafting Todd Blackledge over Dan Marino

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The 1983 NFL Draft was the year of the QB. The second of the six was Todd Blackledge, who was drafted by Kansas City with the 7th overall pick. In seven seasons in the NFL, Blackledge threw 29 TDs and 38 interceptions. Kansas City could have drafted Dan Marino. All Marino did in his NFL career was throw for over 61,000 yards and 420 TDs.


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