Sorry, Sly Mo. You're not on this list.
Earlier today, I'm checking out our local Giants contingent at Big Blue View today when I came across a pretty cool series that ETVal is doing over there. The Giants fans there are going round by round in the history of the Giants' drafts and picking out the best and worst players from each round.
I thought this was a heck of an off season post idea and I want to start it today with the best of the first round by the Chiefs. The idea behind this discussion idea is to pick the not the most talented overall NFL player (if that player left the Chiefs to play for another team) but pick the best first round pick by the Chiefs, for the Chiefs. There is plenty of room for debate here so have at it.
You can check out the full list of Chiefs first round picks here. I've chosen the seven best first rounders IMO to put in the poll. They're after the jump.
All of the accolades are copied from the players' respective Wikipedia pages.
RB Abner Haynes (1960, #1 overall in AFL draft)
- 4x AFL All-Star selection (1960, 1961, 1962, 1963)
- 3x TSN All-AFL selection (1960, 1961, 1962)
- 4x All-Pro selection (1960, 1961, 1962, 1964)
- 1960 AFL Rookie of the Year
- 1960 AP AFL MVP
- 1960 UPI AFL MVP
- All-Time All-AFL 2nd Team
DT Buck Buchanan (1963, #1 overall in AFL draft)
- 6x AFL All-Star selection
- 2x Pro Bowl selection
- 6x All-AFL selection
- 2x All-Pro selection
- AFL Champion 1966, 1969
- World Champion 1969
- AFL All-Time Second Team
- Kansas City Chiefs #86 retired
DT Bill Maas (1984, #5 overall)
- 2x Pro Bowl selection (1986, 1987)
- 2x All-Pro selection (1986, 1987)
- 1984 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
DE Neil Smith (1988, #2 overall)
- 6x Pro Bowl selection
- First-Team All-Pro selection (1993)
- 2x Second-Team All-Pro selection (1995, 1997)
- 2x Super Bowl Champion (XXXII, XXXIII)
- NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
LB Derrick Thomas (1989, #4 overall)
- 9x Pro Bowl selection (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
- 3x First-team All-Pro selection (1990, 1991, 1992)
- 3x Second-team All-Pro selection (1993, 1994, 1996)
- 7x First-team All-AFC (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996)
- 1x Second-team All-AFC (1995)
- NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
- 1989 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
- 1989 UPI AFL-AFC Rookie of the Year
- 1988 Dick Butkus Award
- 1993 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner
CB Dale Carter (1992, #20 overall)
- 4x Pro Bowl selection (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997)
- 2x Second-Team All-Pro selection (1995, 1996)
- 1992 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
TE Tony Gonzalez (1997, #13 overall)
- 10x Pro Bowl selection (1999-2008)
- 6x First-Team All-Pro selection (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008)
- 3x Second-Team All-Pro selection (2004, 2006, 2007)
- Led NFL with 102 receptions in 2004
I have to take Derrick Thomas with Tony Gonzalez coming in a close second. Buck Buchanan would probably come in third for me.
Who do you think is the best, all-time first round pick by the Chiefs?