3 Biggest Chiefs Draft Steals of the Last Decade

Jason Schandl
The Kansas City Chiefs' biggest draft steals of the past decade, including Tyreek Hill in 2016.
The Kansas City Chiefs' biggest draft steals of the past decade, including Tyreek Hill in 2016. / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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Kansas City Chiefs fans are likely still riding high after winning the Super Bowl in February, but this week they're also facing one of the drawbacks. They hold the worst pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and they won't likely make any big splashes as a result.

That's not to say they can't find gems, though. The Chiefs have found plenty of impactful players throughout the draft over the last 10 years, and they can do it again.

With that in mind, let's look back at the Chiefs' three biggest draft steals from the past decade.

3. Travis Kelce, 2013 (No. 63 Overall)

Travis Kelce celebrates after winning Super Bowl LIV.
Travis Kelce celebrates after winning Super Bowl LIV. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The tight end position doesn't tend to see the lofty draft status we get at other spots, but expectations for third-round TEs are still not generally very high. Travis Kelce was the fifth tight end off the board in 2013, and he's surpassed any expectations. One of the NFL's premier players at the position, Kelce is already a two-time first-team All-Pro and has recorded four straight 1,000-yard seasons.

2. Justin Houston, 2011 (No. 70 Overall)

Justin Houston during a game with the Chiefs.
Justin Houston during a game with the Chiefs. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Another All-Pro landed in the third round, Justin Houston played eight years with the Chiefs after being drafted in 2011. He started 96 games in that stretch, amassing 78.5 sacks — including a league-leading 22.0 in 2014. The only three players with more Sacks than Houston from 2011 to 2018 were all first-round picks.

1. Tyreek Hill, 2016 (No. 165 Overall)

Tyreek Hill catching a pass during Super Bowl LIV.
Tyreek Hill catching a pass during Super Bowl LIV. / Elsa/Getty Images

By far the latest pick on this list, Tyreek Hill was selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He showed flashes of big-play ability as a rookie, then his real breakout came in 2017, when he racked up 1,183 yards and 7 touchdowns. In four years he's already made four Pro Bowls and has been a first-team All-Pro twice, with 4,115 yards and 32 touchdowns through the air while adding 5 touchdowns as a return man.


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