Kansas City Chiefs: The Top 5 Biggest Draft “Busts” In Chiefs History

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Quarterback Todd Blackledge #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Number 1: Todd Blackledge

Draft Pick: 1st round, Number 7 overall, 1983 NFL Draft

In arguably the greatest quarterback class in NFL history, leave it to the Kansas City Chiefs to draft the one who would turn out to be their biggest bust in franchise history. Just think, the Chiefs had the opportunity to draft Dan Marino, but instead took Todd Blackledge because of Marino’s mis-leading image.

In his five seasons with the Chiefs, Blackledge completed just 364 passes for 4,510 yards, 26 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. In my Charles Barkley voice, “just terrible”.

To add insult to injury, Blackledge is the last quarterback the Chiefs have drafted in the first round. Since, the Chiefs have relied mostly on other teams cast-offs at quarterback to be their main guy.

Blackledge finished his career in Pittsburgh with the Steelers and currently broadcasts for ESPN and their coverage of college football.

This past season, he was covering an LSU game here in Baton Rouge where I live. He came into our store and did his annual Taste of the Town segment, where he goes to a local restaurant and features them for his dinner.

I briefly had a moment to speak with him and shake his hand and I gotta say, he was a really nice guy. Unfortunately, he is viewed as the biggest bust in Chiefs history, tainting his career as a professional quarterback. I think most of you agree with him being number one.

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