Kansas City Chiefs Draft Day Bargains: Five Best Value Picks

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid – Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

For my second piece in my series of NFL Draft stories, I am looking at the best value picks in Kansas City Chiefs history. These aren’t necessarily the best players ever chosen by the Chiefs. What I am looking at here are the best bang-for-the-buck choices.

[To see my story on Kansas City Chiefs Draft Day Disasters, click here.]

Every year, the NFL spends millions of dollars and countless man-hours scouting the best NFL prospects. Despite ever-improving scouting methods and increasing efforts to study not only on-field performance, but also off-the-field behavior and psychological makeup, scouting is still an inexact science. First round prospects fail about half the time.

Meanwhile, lightly regarded guys are either missed by most scouts, or develop after they are in the league. Then there are injuries. The bottom line is that what you believe on Draft Day doesn’t necessarily hold true over time.

Here are five times in Chiefs history that scouts found outstanding players deep in the draft: 

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  • Leigh Oleszczak

    Good stuff John. Love these draft pieces!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Brandon Carr and Jamaal Charles are middle round picks who played far beyond their draft expectations.

    • John Viril

      I considered them both. Brandon Carr has struggled in Dallas and only stayed in KC for four seasons, while bringing back no more than a 3rd round comp pick. I really considered Charles, but the other 4 guys on the list were taken much lower, and BB was an amazing player.

  • jeffromac23

    I still remember the last preseason game in 1984 I came home and told my dad that Kevin Ross was a beast and definitely made the team. I have to say I was right on that one.

  • Brian Dempsey

    I would like to add Will Shields to this list. 3rd round pick taken at #74 overall and went on to have a stellar 14-yr career in KC. Can’t beat that for value.

    • John Viril

      He was. Considered Will, too. Yet, many consider a 3rd round pick still a pretty premium pick.

  • Stan Colbert

    The linebacker core of Lanier, Bell and Lynch were unbelievable! I think the reason Lynch isn’t in the HOF is because Bell was on the other side so had to go his way.