Kansas City Chiefs: Every First Round Draft Pick Since 2000

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For the first time since 2000, the Chiefs selected a wide receiver in the first round of 2007 NFL Draft with the 23rd overall pick. The wide receiver was Dwayne Bowe out of LSU, who would spend the next eight years in Kansas City with the Chiefs.

Bowe was promising in his first two years, recording nearly 1,000 yards receiving as a rookie in 2007 and over 1,000 in 2008 (with Tyler Thigpen throwing to him, mind you). In his fourth year, with a team that was actually ready to compete, Bowe went crazy, hauling in 72 receptions for 1,162 yards and a whopping 15 touchdowns.

That 2010 season was Bowe’s best year by far and it earned him not only a Pro Bowl appearance, but definitely helped land him his eventual big-time contract when John Dorsey got to town in 2013. Bowe would disappoint after getting that contract and was on his way out of Kansas City after the 2014 season.

The most memorable thing about that 2014 season for the Chiefs is that no wide receivers found the end zone that year. Bowe was obviously among that group. That, along with the giant contract that he did not live up to, were what led to Bowe’s release from the team.

Bowe would sign a one-year deal with the Browns for 2015, but didn’t amount to anything there. He’s out of the league but is fourth all-time in receiving yards in Chiefs history.

Bowe gets picked on a lot for his “adventures” and the whole “Where’s the closest Sonic?” incident, but he put up good numbers with some not so good quarterbacks. He was a part of two of the worst Chiefs teams ever (2008 and 2012) and still had respectable numbers both years. That’s the sign of an undervalued player.