The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the jersey numbers of their 2014 NFL Draft class. They posted the pictures on KCChiefs.com.
As is the case every year, the rookies are inheriting numbers of past greats. Starting with Dee Ford, who will rock the number 90 that was so famously worn by Neil Smith in 90′s. Hopefully, Ford can wear that number with honor and do justice as a pass rusher for this Kansas City defense.
Third round pick, Phillip Gaines, will be wearing the number 23. He inherits this number from Kendrick Lewis who is best known to have worn that number in Chiefs history. As Reid Ferrin pointed out on his post, that number was worn by running back, Barry Word, who had a short stint with the Chiefs in the early 90′s.
Fourth round pick, De’Anthony Thomas is still undecided, as he cannot be with the team yet due to school and graduating ceremonies. It’s expected that his number will be finalized soon
Now, here’s where I’m kind of not liking the number choice. Aaron Murray wore the number 11 his whole career with the Georgia Bulldogs but, cannot do so with the Chiefs just yet because of Alex Smith. Instead, Murray will be rocking the number 7, which is infamous because of Matt Cassel. While I do think Murray will be a good quarterback, I wouldn’t mind seeing him change his number if he ever gets to become the guy.
Lastly, the two sixth round picks, both offensive lineman, are taking over numbers that were worn by starters last year. Tennessee guard, Zach Fulton, will be wearing the number 73, formally worn by Jon Asamoah. Chiefs legendary tackle, Dave Hill, also wore the number 73.
Canadian superstar, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be wearing the number 76. Incase you’re wondering, yes, the back of his jersey will say DUVERNAY-TARDIF. If this guy ends up being a stud, I’m buying that jersey. He takes over 76 from Branden Albert and legendary tackle, John Alt. Hopefully, he lives up to those standards.
I always enjoy seeing what numbers the new rookies choose, and this group didn’t disappoint.