Ranking the Chiefs Last 10 First-Round Picks, Worst to Best

Patrick Mahomes has three Super Bowl wins in his first six seasons
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9. Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE - 2023

This is admittedly a bit unfair to Felix, who played only 218 snaps total in his rookie campaign due to the Chiefs' deep defensive line. I'm optimistic about the former Kansas State Wildcat's future, and he did notch a half-sack and forced fumble in just his second career game.

That being said, every first-round pick in the last 10 years outside of Baldwin has done more on the field to justify being ahead of Anudike-Uzomah. It could change quickly over the next few years, but Anudike-Uzomah has to be here based on professional accomplishments alone.

He ended the season with just 14 total tackles and was always viewed as more of a long-term project than an immediate contributor. With Chris Jones, George Karlaftis, Mike Danna, Charles Omenihu and other established veterans in the mix, Anudike-Uzomah is still developing and will likely find playing time hard to come by in 2024 as well.

Even in limited snaps, you can see why Brett Veach took the pass rusher in the first round and can envision a bright future. There is a legitimate case to be made that you shouldn't spend a first-round selection on a player you don't think will see the field for two years, but Anudike-Uzomah can make the choice justified by taking advantage of his immense promise.

He had 19.5 sacks in his final two years at Kansas State, and I have a feeling we'll see him flash that talent more this year before becoming a full-time starter after Omenihu's deal is up.