Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 4th-round NFL Draft Picks
The Chiefs haven’t had the best luck when it comes to drafting players in the fourth round of the NFL draft. There have been a few gems found in the fourth round, however, that have gone on to have good, solid careers in the NFL and have even excelled to have great careers. Remember, this countdown is based on a player’s career in Kansas City and includes AFL draft picks. Now here is our countdown of the Chiefs’ best fourth round picks.
#10: Monty Beisel
Outside Linebacker, Kansas State, 107th pick of the 2001 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2001-04, 2009
Monty Beisel started off his solid NFL career in Kansas City. In his 9-year NFL career, he spent his first four seasons as a Chief and a brief stint back in KC in 2009. In his first four years, Beisel started in only nine games of the 55 games he played in, putting up 109 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks. While not the best, Beisel was a productive linebacker during his career both in KC and as a Patriot and Cardinal, making him a noteworthy fourth round pick made by the Chiefs.
#9: Ramik Wilson
Inside Linebacker, Georgia, 118th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2015-current
Although he’s still fairly new to the team, Ramik Wilson has potential to become a solid starter for the Chiefs’ defense. With the injury to Derrick Johnson this past season, Wilson stepped up in the last 11 games of the season, putting up 76 total tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries. Wilson did his best to help the injured front seven and the Chiefs struggles defending the run. He might only be two years into his career and only 96 career total tackles, but Wilson has shown he could be another great Chiefs linebacker.
#8: Samie Parker
Wide Receiver, Oregon, 105th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2004-07
Not one of the best Chiefs receivers, Samie Parker was a productive receiver in his four seasons in Kansas City. Parker had two straight seasons with over 500 receiving yards and finished his career with 110 catches, 1,529 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. After his time as a Chief, Parker didn’t find much more success in the NFL spending time on four different rosters, but never saw the playing field again. Parker showed he was productive on the field in Kansas City to be one of the Chiefs better fourth round choices.
#7: De’Anthony Thomas
Running Back/Wide Receiver, Oregon, 124th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2014-current
With his quickness and agility, De’Anthony Thomas has become an impact, utility player for the Chiefs and one of their better fourth round picks in his three seasons he has played. His role as a running back has diminished, with only 176 career rushing yards, and he has seen less time as a returner with the emergence of Tyreek Hill. During his rookie season, however, Thomas was a stand-out, being named the Chiefs’ rookie of the year with his skills as a returner, having the team record for the highest punt return yard average in a rookie season with an 11.9 average. Hopefully Thomas will continue to produce for the Chiefs in the offense and return game as he has so far in his career.
#6: Eric Harris
Cornerback, Memphis, 104th pick of the 1977 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1980-82
Eric Harris started his career off differently than you’d expect, playing his first three seasons out of college in the Canadian Football League. Harris then signed with the Chiefs and played his next three seasons in Kansas City, being a stand-out in the secondary in his short time. He intercepted 17 passes during his time as a Chief along with two fumble recoveries in the 39 games he played in. Harris then left the Chiefs to play his last three seasons with the Rams before he retired. Even though it was a brief stint, Harris showed himself to be a great pick in the fourth round.
#5: Matt Herkenhoff
Tackle, Minnesota, 94th pick of the 1974 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1976-85
Similar to Harris, Matt Herkenhoff spent his first two seasons in the World Football League and then signed with the Chiefs. This worked out great for the Chiefs, as Herkenhoff played all 10 years of his NFL career in KC. While not receiving any accolades, Herkenhoff was a dependable left tackle all of his career. He played in 125 games and started in all but three of them. His consistency as a starter and longevity in Kansas City makes him stand out as a great fourth round pick.
#4: Jared Allen
Defensive End, Idaho State, 126th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2004-07
Jared Allen might not have been around too long, but he dominated in the four seasons he played in Kansas City, becoming the team’s best pass rusher since Derrick Thomas. Allen made a big impact on the franchise, as he’s fifth in Chiefs’ history in forced fumbles (14), sixth in sacks (43), and has the most passes defended by a defensive lineman (25). His last season in KC was his best, leading the NFL in sacks with 15.5 and being named to his first Pro Bowl and first team All-Pro. The Chiefs traded Allen in 2008 to the Vikings for picks in the upcoming draft, one of which was used to draft Jamaal Charles. By the time he retired in 2015, Allen racked up 136 sacks, putting him at 11th in the NFL’s all-time sack leaders list. If Allen had stayed in Kansas City longer, there’s no doubt he would be the team’s best fourth round pick.
#3: Jack Rudnay
Center, Northwestern, 101st pick of the 1969 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1969-1982
One of the best centers during the 1970s, Jack Rudnay was a great, dependable center throughout his entire 13-year in Kansas City. In the 178 games he played in, Rudnay started in all but seven of those games and played in 144 straight games during that time. Rudnay was a stand-out during his prime, making four straight Pro Bowls from 1973-76 and also being named All-Pro four times, from 1973-75 and 1979. It didn’t take long for Rudnay to be recognized for his contributions to the team after he retired in 1982, as he was inducted to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1994. Rudnay didn’t play in the most high-profile of positions, but he shined in his position through his entire career.
#2: Donnie Edwards
Outside Linebacker, UCLA, 98th pick of the 1996 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1996-2001, 2007-08
Donnie Edwards started and ended his great, 13-year career in Kansas City and was a great presence on the Chiefs’ defense. In his first stint in Kansas City for six years, Edwards was fantastic. He lead the team in tackles for four-straight years from 1998-2001 and set the team record for tackles in a season with 114 in 2000. In the middle of his career, Edwards left and spent 5 years in San Diego, where he went to his only Pro Bowl and named All-Pro twice. Edwards came back to KC for two seasons and then retired. As a Chief, Edwards finished his career fourth all-time in tackles with 588 and 11 interceptions, 8 forced fumbles and 9 fumble recoveries. Although he left KC during his prime, Edwards left his mark on the franchise and will be remembered as one of the team’s best defensive players in his time.
#1: Otis Taylor
Wide Receiver, Prairie View, 29th pick of the 1965 AFL Draft, Played for KC 1965-75
Not only is he the best wide receiver in Chiefs’ history, Otis Taylor is the Chiefs’ best fourth round pick. Taylor was a big part of the Chiefs’ offense, quarterback Len Dawson’s success, and the Chiefs’ Super Bowl IV win over the Vikings. In his 11-year career, Taylor caught a lot of attention and recognition, being an AFL All-Star in 1966, had back-to-back years on the All-AFL team in 1966-67, named to two Pro Bowls and first team All-Pro in 1971-72, and set a team record with 22.4 yards per reception in the 1966 season. Even as the league has become more pass-oriented since his time, Taylor still ranks second in franchise history behind Tony Gonzalez in receiving yards (7,306) and touchdowns (57) and fourth in receptions (410). Only seven years after he retired, Taylor was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1982. With the impact he made on the franchise and what he did to help win the Chiefs only Super Bowl, Taylor is clearly the top fourth round pick made by the Chiefs.
What do you think? What order would you put these picks in? Who is your top fourth round pick by the Chiefs? Let us know in the comments!
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