8 Best Late-Round Draft Steals in Kansas City Chiefs History
The National Football League is full of surprises. Sometimes, those surprises begin on draft day.
Teams will make their selections and hope that their late-round picks pan out and surprise many people. Some players drafted late don't tend to have careers as long as those selected early. But some manage to work their way through and fight for the spotlight.
The Kansas City Chiefs have had their share of late-round steals. Let's take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the best late-round draft picks in franchise history.
OT Dave Hill
AFL Draft - Auburn - 1963 - 24th round - 192nd pick
Dave Hill was one of the key ingredients that led the Chiefs to Super Bowls I and IV.
Hill had to share the right tackle spot with Charlie Diamond early in his career. Soon after his rookie season, Hill was promoted as the starter for the Chiefs as he spend his entire career in Kansas City.
S Mike Sensibaugh
NFL Draft - Ohio State - 1971 - 8th round - 191st pick
Mike Sensibaugh came to Kansas City after the successful Super Bowl appearances. Sensibaugh was quiet during his rookie season, barely playing.
As a second-year safety, Sensibaugh made a lot of noise in the league. He collected eight interceptions in his first year as a starter. Sensibaugh played alongside Jim Kearney, Jim Marsalis and Emmitt Thomas to complete the core of defensive backs in 1972 after taking Johnny Robinson's spot.
Sensibaugh went on to play five years in Kansas City and collected 20 interceptions before leaving for St. Louis.
CB Kevin Ross
NFL Draft - Temple - 1984 - 7th round - 173rd pick
Kevin Ross is another defensive back the Chiefs found late in the draft.
Ross, the most recent inductee into the Chiefs Hall of Fame, was one of the few bright spots the Chiefs had in the late 80s. Ross was part of a strong Chiefs squad in the early 90s during the Marty Schottenheimer era.
In his 10 years with the Chiefs, Ross came away with 30 interceptions with five of them taken back for touchdowns.
OG Dave Szott
NFL Draft - Penn State - 1990 - 7th round - 180th pick
Dave Szott spent 10 years with the Chiefs, nine of them as a starter, as a left guard.
During the electrifying and explosive 90s decade the Chiefs gave their fans, Szott protected quarterbacks Steve DeBerg, David Krieg, Joe Montata, Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac and Rich Gannon.
KR Dante Hall
NFL Draft - Texas A&M - 2000 - 5th round - 153rd pick
The NFL has never seen a kick returner more electrifying and more dynamic than Dante Hall.
It was uncertain if Hall would last long in the league. Hall made the transition from running back to wide receiver and was not doing well as a return man early in his career.
In 2002, Hall lit up opposing defenses on special teams with three touchdowns returned in two weeks.
In 2003, Hall was receiving serious consideration for the league's MVP award for scoring a touchdown off of kickoffs and punts during very close moments late in the game. Hall took back a punt or a kickoff back for a touchdown in four straight games. It was his seventh touchdown in in 10 games, dating back from the late 2002 season to early 2003.
In his seven years with the Chiefs, Hall went to two Pro Bowls. He took 11 returns back for touchdowns and gained over 10,000 return yards.
DE Jared Allen
NFL Draft - Idaho State - 2004 - 4th round - 126th pick
Jared Allen was drafted as a long snapper. Never was it expected that he would one day come close to shattering Michael Strahan's record for most sacks in a single-season when he played for the Vikings this past season.
As a Chief, Allen recorded 43 sacks in four seasons and was one of the fastest defensive ends in the league.
Allen also had the luxury of entering the game as a tight end in goal-line situations, catching two touchdown passes in 2007.
Allen led the league in sacks in 2007, in his final year with the Chiefs, and earned his only Pro Bowl bid while playing in Kansas City before being traded to Minnesota.
CB Brandon Carr
NFL Draft - Grand Valley State - 2008 - 5th round - 140th pick
Brandon Carr was drafted the same year as Brandon Flowers, who both play cornerback. Carr was drafted after Flowers, so it was uncertain how much playing time he would receive.
It turned out that both Flowers and Carr were more impressive than veteran Patrick Surtain. Carr has never been injured and played all 64 games since being drafted in 2008.
Carr has had an up-and-down battle in his career, but bounced back in 2010 and 2011. Carr has collected eight interceptions in his four years, so far.
Carr is currently a free agent and many expect that he will return and continue to play well for the Chiefs.
K Ryan Succop
NFL Draft - South Carolina - 2009 - 7th round - 256th pick
The final player on this list is Ryan Succop, sometimes known as Mr. Irrelevant, which is the nickname given to every NFL player who was the final selected player each year in the draft.
Despite being given the nickname, Succop has been very relevant for the Chiefs.
Succop has made 69 of his 85 field goal attempts in three years with the Chiefs. Succop has never missed an extra-point attempt in 91 tries.
Succop has been a part of games in which he was the lone scorer for the Chiefs.
His biggest moments were in overtime. Succop has kicked three game-winning field goals in overtime to seal wins at Arrowhead Stadium over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers.
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