Ranking the Chiefs' 8 Worst Draft Picks of the Last Decade

Even though the Kansas City Chiefs know how to draft well, not every pick has panned out. Here are the rankings of the franchise's eight worst draft picks of the last decade.
Ranking the Kansas City Chiefs' worst draft picks of the last decade.
Ranking the Kansas City Chiefs' worst draft picks of the last decade. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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2. CB KeiVarae Russell — 2016 Round 3, Pick 74

While the Chiefs' 2016 draft performance has been praised for adding the likes of Chris Jones and Tyreek Hill, there were also a handful of misses. Ehinger isn't the only prospect from that class that didn't work out as cornerback KeiVarae Russell's brief time with the team was forgettable.

Russell was solid in his final two years at Notre Dame, racking up 88 solo tackles, 12 defended passes, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a sack. Although those weren't the most eye-popping numbers, they were good enough to convince Kansas City to select him in Round 3.

That's pretty much where Russell's story with the franchise ends, though. The ex-Fighting Irish defender was waived by the Chiefs just three months after signing his rookie contract. While head coach Andy Reid was vague about why the young CB was waived, Russell has openly talked about his issues adapting to the team's defensive schemes.

Since departing the Chiefs nearly eight years ago, Russell played 21 games between the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers. He also experienced practice squad stints with the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, and New Orleans Saints before seemingly retiring after being unable to find a job ahead of the 2022 campaign.

Considering how the Chiefs struggled to defend the pass for a good chunk of the last decade, it would've been nice if Russell had reached his potential. Unfortunately, he didn't and now he's on this list because of his shortcomings.