Ranking the Chiefs' 10 Best Draft Picks of the Last Decade

As the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft, let's look at the franchise's best selections from the last decade.
To the surprise of no one, QB Patrick Mahomes is one of the Chiefs' best draft picks of the last decade.
To the surprise of no one, QB Patrick Mahomes is one of the Chiefs' best draft picks of the last decade. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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3. WR Tyreek Hill — 2016 Round 5, Pick 165

It's safe to say that expectations weren't too high when Tyreek Hill joined the Chiefs as the 165th-overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. After all, he had played college football at West Alabama — an NCAA Division II program — and was known more for his punt/kick return skills than his receiving.

Unsurprising, Kansas City used Hill as a return in his rookie season and it paid off. The ex-Tiger led the NFL in punt return yards (592) and touchdowns (2) while averaging 15.2 yards per return. He also tallied 61 receptions for 593 yards and six touchdowns while only starting once in 16 appearances.

The 2017 campaign was the one where Hill's career truly skyrocketed. He became the Chiefs' new No. 1 WR as he amassed 1,183 yards and seven TDs on 75 catches. Although that was one of the best receiving performances of the year, it was only the beginning. Hill went on to tally at least 1,100 yards and seven TDs four times between 2017 and 2021.

Hill's time with the Chiefs ended when he was traded to the Miami Dolphins for five draft picks in 2022. A combination of a lack of targets and guaranteed money played a role in the move. The 30-year-old speedster has remained elite across two seasons with the Dolphins, turning 238 catches into 3,509 yards and a whopping 20 TDs.

Even though the Chiefs have won back-to-back Super Bowls without him, it's hard not to miss Hill's presence. Kansas City has yet to find a legitimate WR1 to replace him. Rashee Rice looked promising before his legal issues. Free-agent acquisition Marquise Brown could be a solution, however, he's yet to even play a snap with Mahomes.

Fifth-round picks rarely develop into elite players, let alone one of the best wideouts to ever play the position. As the only NFL player with more than 10,000 receiving yards since 2016, it's easy to see why Hill is not only one of the Chiefs' best picks of the last decade but of all time.