Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 2nd-round NFL Draft Picks
We are continuing our series on the Chiefs’ best draft picks, round by round, now going into the second round. Remember, this is based on their career as a Chief and the impact they have had on the franchise. Here’s our list of the top second round NFL Draft picks by Kansas City.
#10: Charlie Getty
Tackle, Penn State, 41st pick of the 1974 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1974-82
While not having the most decorated career, Charlie Getty was a solid starter on the Chiefs’ offensive line through the 70s, playing both guard and tackle. Getty played 119 games as a Chief and started in 103 of those games. Getty spent 9 of his 10 years in the NFL in Kansas City before going to the Packers for the last year of his career.
#9: Dave Lutz
Guard/Tackle, Georgia Tech, 34th pick of the 1983 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1983-92
Similar to Getty, Dave Lutz spent 10 seasons in Kansas City and was a consistent, solid starter as both a guard and tackle on the Chiefs’ offensive line during the 80s. Lutz started 123 games for the Chiefs in the 139 games he played in. After his time in Kansas City, Lutz spent three seasons playing in Detroit and then retired.
#8: Joe Delaney
Running Back, Northwestern State, 41st pick of the 1981 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1981-82
In the short time Joe Delaney played for the Chiefs, he made a big impact in the backfield. In his rookie season, Delaney rushed for over 1,000 yards and 3 touchdowns, was named AFC Rookie of the Year, and made the Pro Bowl. Delaney tragically drowned in the summer of 1983 trying to save three kids from drowning. Since then, Delaney had his number 37 retired and was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2004. Even though we got a small sample of what Delaney could do on the field, Delaney showed a lot of potential and could have been one of the greatest players in Chiefs’ history.
#7: Brandon Flowers
Defensive back, Virginia Tech, 35th pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2008-13
Although he didn’t stay for most of his career, Brandon Flowers made a big impact in the 6 seasons he had as a part of Kansas City’s secondary. During his time in the red and yellow, Flowers intercepted 17 passes and scored 3 defensive touchdowns. Along with that, Flowers also currently holds the Chiefs’ franchise record for most career passes defended (92). In his last season as a Chief, Flowers made his only Pro Bowl in his career, so far, and then was released by the Chiefs and joined division rival San Diego, where he was just recently released.
#6: Mike Livingston
Quarterback, SMU, 48th pick of the 1968 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1968-79
Primarily a back-up throughout most of his career, Mike Livingston is still one of the best quarterbacks in Chiefs’ history. While he only had 75 starts during his 12 seasons in Kansas City, 6 of those starts are the biggest in franchise history. During the 1969 season when the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV, Livingston started in and won six games during the regular season when hall-of-famer Len Dawson was injured. On top of that, Livingston is currently number 6 on the Chiefs’ all-time list of leaders in career passing yards (11,295). After his time in Kansas City, he spent the next season playing for the Vikings and then one more season playing for the Oakland Invaders in the USFL in 1983.
#5: Tim Grunhard
Center, Notre Dame, 40th pick of the 1990 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1990-2000
Tim Grunhard is one of the best centers and lineman in Chiefs’ history. Grunhard spent his entire 11-year career in Kansas City. Though he didn’t have the most decorated career, Grunhard did make one Pro Bowl in 1999 and started in 164 games, third-most in franchise history. After he retired, Grunhard stayed in Kansas City and coached Bishop Miege High School, an offensive line coach at KU, and currently an offensive line coach at Bishop Miege.
#4: Ed Podolak
Running Back, Iowa, 48th pick of the 1969 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1969-77
With all the successful running backs the Chiefs have had, Ed Podolak was the first. He started off his 9-year career in Kansas City with a bang, being a part of the team that won Super Bowl IV. Podolak did not have the most decorated career with awards, but holds a high place in the franchise’s history. He is currently fifth all-time in franchise history in career rushing yards and attempts with 1,157 attempts for 4,451 yards and was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1989.
#3: Jim Lynch
Outside Linebacker, Notre Dame, 47th pick of 1967 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1967-77
Jim Lynch played a part of one of the best line-backing corps in Chiefs’ history and the only one of the three to not make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played a large part in the Chiefs’ lone Super Bowl win and proved to be one of the best linebackers in franchise history during his 11-year career. Although he only made one Pro Bowl in his career, Lynch left his mark on the franchise. He’s sixth in the Chiefs’ all-time career fumble recoveries (14) and third among Chiefs’ linebackers in career interceptions (17). In 1990, Lynch was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1990.
#2: Christian Okoye
Running Back, Azusa Pacific, 35th pick of 1987 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1987-92
“The Nigerian Nightmare” Christian Okoye was a dominant, intimidating presence in the backfield during his short, 6-year career in Kansas City. In 1989, Okoye had his best season and was best in the NFL, leading the league in rushing yards with 1,480 yards to become the first ever Chief to do so. He also made the Pro Bowl and named the team’s MVP, First-team All-Pro and AFC Offensive Player of the Year that season. By the end of his career, Okoye went to the Pro Bowl one more time in 1991, also being named Second-team All-Pro that season. When he retired, he was the Chiefs’ all-time leading rusher with 1,246 rushes for 4,897 yards and 40 touchdowns. Now, Okoye is fourth in franchise history in career rushing attempts and yards and fifth in touchdowns. No surprise, Okoye was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2000.
#1: Willie Lanier
Middle Linebacker, Morgan State, 50th pick of 1967 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1967-77
The only Chiefs’ second round pick in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Willie Lanier was part of the dominant line-backing corps that helped them win Super Bowl IV. Lanier has a huge list of accomplishments and accolades through his 11-year career in Kansas City. He was selected to 2 AFL All-Star games, 6 consecutive Pro Bowls, named All-Pro 8 times in a row and the NFL Man of the Year in 1972. Lanier is second in franchise history in career fumble recoveries (18) and the franchise leader in career interceptions by a linebacker (27). After he retired, Lanier was inducted to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994. Lanier is not only the Chiefs’ best second round draft pick, but also one of the best players in team history.
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