Kansas City Chiefs Draft Day Disasters: Five Worst Picks in Team History

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With the 2014 NFL Draft about three weeks away, I decided to do something a little different. Instead of adding yet another list of draft busts, I wanted to rank which draft picks wrecked the most havoc on the franchise.

A blown draft pick can cause mayhem not just due to a failed player, but can also the impact a team by passing up a crying need, touching off a damaging internal battle among management, or the player’s off-the-field behavior. The effect of one toxic pick can last for years.

To put it another way: what five draft picks caused the most damage to the Kansas City Chiefs “brand”?

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Tags: Elmore Stephens Gale Sayers Kansas City Chiefs NFL Draft Ryan Sims Steve Fuller Todd Blackledge

  • berttheclock

    I disagree about the selection of Gale Sayers being one of the worst picks. It was a great pick. However, the manner in which negotiations with him were horrible. In his bio, Sayers describes the condescending attitude shown to him by Schaaf and Steadman as though they thought he was a given. They even told him they thought he would better fit the Chiefs as a wide out. Papa Bear Halas picked Sayers on the basis of watching the tape of his spectacular 97 yard kick off return against Oklahoma, where he did his famous flip flop cross over move which left a string of Sooners falling over trying to reverse their angles. So, Halas had the NFL send Buddy Young to talk with Sayers and it was Young who convinced Sayers, that as a young African-American, he would have far better chances to make a career outside of football in Chicago than if he was in KC. Sayers said it was Buddy Young who convinced him to sign with the Bears. Both Schaaf and Steadman did not do their homework very well, Sayers was a marvelous pick by KC, but, Papa Bear was the better negotiator.

  • berttheclock

    What made the Steve Fuller pick so egregious is the fact KC had sent a scout to view Dwight Clark. Instead, the scout came back from that game raving about the play of Fuller and the Chiefs traded up to snag Fuller. The other part of this egregiousness was the fact the Chiefs let Dwight Clark slip to the 10th round and he was drafted by Bill Walsh. There was one other QB on board when KC asked for Fuller. In the 3rd round, Walsh drafted Joe Montana. Amazingly, Fuller was able to pick up pay checks for several years and he has a SB ring from the ’85 Bears when he was a backup.

    However, as to Blackledge, yes, he has become infamous for being a failure from that star studded QB class. But, one thing to remember, the Steelers shared space with Pittsburgh and they had every opportunity to view the play of Dan Marino. Instead of taking him, they opted for a quality defensive player who, tragically, was seriously injured in an automobile accident and lost the usage of his legs.

  • Josh Michaels

    worse tight end pick, Aaron Hernandez OR Elmore Stephens? great slide show, John!

  • berttheclock

    Both Trezelle Jenkins and Anthony Hancock say “Whew”. as they missed the cut.

  • Joel Wagler

    Of course, if Sayers would have signed with the Chiefs, there would have been no Brian’s Song!

    • berttheclock

      I never understood why those arrogant ones under Hunt did not involve Curtis McClinton in wooing Sayers. McClinton did very well staying in KC as he became a banker. Still trying to check if Klosterman had left the Chiefs prior to negotiations. Not that easy trying to find certain facts of yore.

    • berttheclock

      and, one less Emmy for James Caan and Dee Dee Willitams, as well as others in that production.

  • Leigh Oleszczak

    This just majorly depressed me.

  • Stan Colbert

    OMG! Only a Chiefs fan could appreciate this. I remember seeing Marv Levy Start the season in the Wing-T and think this is a run offense, we can’t win with that! Even at Super Bowls for Buffalo, all I could think was this guy ran a Wing-T! The ’70′s & 80′s were tough on Chiefs fans.