Kansas City Chiefs: Every First Round Draft Pick Since 2000

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The Kansas City Chiefs have drafted 17 players in the first round of the NFL Draft since the turn of the century.

This article was originally published in April 2018 and was updated in February 2021. 

When looking back at the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-round draft picks since the millennium, it’s been about half and half with which ones have panned out and which ones have been busts. That’s what this post is intended, is to take Chiefs fans back through every single first-rounder since the year 2000.

Some have been complete and total failures, but others have been pretty damn successful as members of the Chiefs. Some even will likely be put into the Chiefs’ Ring of Honor at some point if they haven’t been enshrined already.

On the players who were busts or maybe just “meh” during their time in Kansas City, I’ve included players that the Chiefs could have had. If you get angry at that type of stuff, maybe skip the small paragraph at the bottom of those particular entries.

So, what 17 players have the Kansas City Chiefs drafted in the first round since the year 2000? Let’s take a look.


With their first pick in the new millennium, the Kansas City Chiefs took wide receiver, Sylvester Morris, out of Jackson State with the 21st overall pick. The selection was made to help give the Chiefs some more help in the passing game outside of just Tony Gonzalez, who was the only real weapon at the time.

Morris would go on to play just one season with the Chiefs (and in the NFL), but was actually on their roster until 2003. His lone season in the NFL saw him haul in 48 receptions for 678 yards and three touchdowns.

Unfortunately, that would be it for Morris in the NFL. The poor guy suffered injury after injury throughout his career and that’s ultimately what led to him being one of the team’s biggest draft busts of all time.

Morris had the talent to be a decent receiver, but injuries plagued his career. He’d attempt a comeback with the Buccaneers in 2004, but never made it to the 53-man roster.

WHO KC COULD HAVE HAD: Keith Bullock (30TH OVERALL), Marvel Smith (38TH OVERALL), Tom Brady (199TH OVERALL – Come on, I had to include him here)