Countdown: The Kansas City Chiefs top 5th-round NFL Draft Picks

Chiefs 5th Round Draft Picks

Usually a team’s later draft picks give them a less chance at finding quality players for your team. The Chiefs, however, have been able to find some good talent in the fifth round that have had good careers, whether it was in Kansas City or elsewhere. Oddly enough, the Chiefs have found some pretty good success over the years in the odd-numbered rounds of the draft. With all that said, let’s get into our countdown of the Chiefs’ best fifth round picks.

#10: Joe Horn

Wide Receiver, Itawamba Junior College, 135th pick of the 1996 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1996-99

Although he’s better known for becoming one of the best receivers in Saints’ history, Joe Horn started off his career as a Chief. Horn spent his first four years in Kansas City and then signed with New Orleans. While he wasn’t nearly as productive as he was in New Orleans, Horn started off pretty well in KC. In his four seasons, Horn only started in two games, but had 53 catches for 879 yards and 7 touchdowns. It would have been great to see Horn play like he would in his future in New Orleans, but the Chiefs got some good contributions from him, especially for a fifth-round draft pick to make him one of the Chiefs best picks in that round.

#9: Bob Stein

Linebacker, Minnesota, 126th pick of the 1969 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1969-72

Not one of the biggest names in Chiefs’ history, Bob Stein did have a good 4-year stay in Kansas City that included him getting a Super Bowl ring. Even though he only started in two games, Stein played in 50 games for the Chiefs and was a part of the Super Bowl IV-winning team in his rookie season. Stein didn’t have the biggest or best career, but he was productive in his four seasons and proved to be a good fifth round pick.

#8: Kendrick Lewis

Safety, Ole Miss, 136th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2010-13

Kendrick Lewis became an immediate starter after he was drafted by the Chiefs. Lewis has started in all but three of the 53 games he played in during his four seasons in Kansas City. During that time, Lewis racked up 142 tackles, seven interceptions and forced three fumbles. While he hasn’t been one of the league’s best safeties, Lewis has made a good career as a solid starter, starting each game of the season for the Texans the season after he left the Chiefs. Lewis was recently released by the Ravens after his second season there. With his consistency as a Chief, he stands out as one of the better fifth round picks made by the team.

#7: Scott Fujita

Outside Linebacker, California, 143rd pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2002-04

Scott Fujita was not in Kansas City too long, but he started off his great career in the red and yellow. In the three seasons Fujita played for the Chiefs, he played in 48 games and started in 41 of them and had 225 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and lead the Chiefs in tackles in 2004 with 112. The Chiefs traded Fujita to the Cowboys in 2005 and he would go on to succeed elsewhere around the NFL, including winning the Super Bowl as a part of the 2009 New Orleans Saints. Fujita put in some really good seasons for the Chiefs, easily making him one of the Chiefs best fifth round picks.

#6: Tyreek Hill

Wide Receiver/Returner, West Alabama, 165th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2016-current

In just the one season Tyreek Hill has played in, he has become a major impact player in the Chiefs’ offense and return game. Hill was fantastic in his rookie season, leading the team in receiving touchdowns (6) and second in catches (61) and receiving yards (593) and he scored 12 total touchdowns. The league recognized how much of a threat Hill is, naming him to the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro as a returner. Hill has the makings to become the next great Chiefs receiver and possibly one of the best returners in NFL history, so you can count on Hill moving up this list in the future.

#5: Charles Mincy

Safety, Washington, 133rd pick of the 1991 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1991-94

Charles Mincy started off his 9-year career great in Kansas City, spending his first four seasons as a Chief. He didn’t play in his rookie season, but played very well in his three other seasons in Kansas City. Mincy started in 27 of the 48 games he played in as a Chief and showed to be a great talent in the secondary. During his time, Mincy had 12 interceptions, 178 tackles and scored three defensive touchdowns. Mincy spent his last five seasons with three different teams and retired in 1999 to have a solid career and showed to be a great pick in the fifth round.

#4: Brandon Carr

Cornerback, Grand Valley State, 140th pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2008-11

Brandon Carr came as quite a steal in the fifth round for the Chiefs. He was an immediate starter as a rookie and started in all 64 games he played in Kansas City, becoming a heavily sought-after free agent when he left after his fourth season. In those four years in KC, Carr put up some great numbers, having 211 tackles, 8 interceptions, and 63 passes defended. Carr was also named second-team All-Pro in 2011, his last season as a Chief. Carr has still never missed a start in his career, starting in every game in the five seasons he played in Dallas. He just recently signed with Baltimore and looks to continue the great career he’s put together, making him one of the best Chiefs’ fifth round picks because of his success.

#3: Carlos Carson

Wide Receiver, LSU, 114th pick of the 1980 NFL Draft, Played for KC 1980-89

Throughout the 80s, Carlos Carson was one of the top receivers for the Chiefs. Carson spent nearly 10 whole seasons with the Chiefs, spending his last season in Kansas City for 7 games then Philadelphia for 6. In total, Carson started in 91 of the 120 games he played for the Chiefs and had 352 catches for 6,360 yards and 33 touchdowns. With those numbers, Carson ranks as one of the best Chiefs receivers of all-time, being eighth in receptions and receiving touchdowns and fifth in receiving yards. Carson didn’t have the most decorated career, but did go to two Pro Bowls in 1983 and 1987 and was announced recently to be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame this year, easily showing he’s one of the Chiefs’ top fifth round picks.

#2: Dante Hall

Wide Receiver/Returner, Texas A&M, 153rd pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, Played for KC 2000-06

Dante Hall is not only the best returner in team history, but may go down as one of the best returners in NFL history. His explosiveness on the field and some of the crazy runs on returns made him a fan favorite and exciting to watch on every return in his seven years in Kansas City. Hall put up some great numbers as a Chief and holds so many records. He currently holds the franchise records for most kick return yards (1,718) and all-purpose yards (2,446) in a season and most kick return (6) and punt return (5) touchdowns, kick return yards (8,644) and all-purpose yards (12,356). Hall also made two-straight Pro Bowls in 2002-03 and named All-Pro in both of those seasons and he was also named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. Hall was traded to the Rams in 2007 where he spent his last two seasons. Hall will always be known as one of the most electrifying players in franchise history and one of the best fifth round picks ever.

#1: Jerry Mays

Defensive Tackle, SMU, 38th pick of the 1961 AFL Draft, Played for KC 1961-70

One of the team captains of the Super Bowl IV team, Jerry Mays is the best fifth round pick made by the Chiefs. Drafted by the team when they were still the Dallas Texans, Mays stood out on the defensive line in the 140 games he played as a Chief in his 10-year career. Not only was he a part of the Chiefs team that won the Super Bowl, Mays was a 6-time AFL All-Star (1962, 1964-68) and made one Pro Bowl in 1970. Shortly after he retired in 1970, Mays was named to the AFL All-Time Team in 1970 and then became the third person ever to be inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. With such a decorated career, Mays is no doubt the top fifth round pick the franchise has ever made.

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