Kansas City Chiefs: 10 Biggest Draft Busts in Team History

Taylor GreenContributor IApril 12, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Brodie Croyle #12 of the Kansas City Chiefs is slow to get up after being hit during the game against the Denver Broncos on December 6, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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10. Percy Snow

Percy Snow was selected 13th in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft.  There was much hype around the Michigan State product who, at the time, was one of only two players in college football history to win both the Butkus Award and Lombardi Award. 

Snow had a successful rookie season in 1990 and was expected to be a major contributor to Marty Schottenheimer's defense with the Chiefs.  Snow’s second season was cut short when he injured himself in a moped accident, missing the entire season. 

Snow never regained his form and was eventually cut by the Chiefs.  Snow started in 15 of 40 games played throughout his NFL career and recorded just one interception and two sacks in his career, all of which came in his rookie season.


9. Kris Wilson

Touted as a player who could do everything—play WR, H-Back, or TE—the Chiefs had high hopes for Kris Wilson when they selected him 61st overall in 2004.  Wilson did nothing more than play average (at best) for the Chiefs. 

Wilson broke his leg during preseason of his rookie which may have gotten him off track for good because he never found a rhythm in Kansas City.  In four seasons with the Chiefs, Wilson only produced 32 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns.  To make matters worse, Wilson signed with the rival San Diego Chargers after he left Kansas City.


8. Brian Jozwiak

Jozwiak was selected seventh overall in the 1986 NFL draft.  Jozwiak had a great collegiate career at West Virginia and was, at the time, only the sixth Mountaineer to be named a consensus All-American.

Jozwiak was with the Chiefs for only three seasons.  During that time, Jozwiak played in 28 games and only recorded three starts.  Only three games into his third season in the NFL, Jozwiak suffered a career-ending hip injury and never played football again.


7. Eddie Freeman

UAB star Eddie Freeman was taken in the second round of the same draft that the Chiefs took Ryan Sims.  In two years with the Chiefs, Freeman played sparingly and has been out of the NFL since 2004.

Freeman finished his career in Kansas City with only 19 tackles and four sacks.  However, not all is bad for Freeman, as he has won a championship during his career— for the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.


6. Sylvester Morris

Going into the 2000 NFL draft, Morris was a top wide receiver prospect. At the time, the Chiefs only had Tony Gonzalez as an offensive threat and he was in much need of help.  The Chiefs selected Morris as the 21st overall pick, and had high hopes for the young receiver from Jackson State College.

As a rookie, Morris produced a respectable 48 receptions for 678 yards and three touchdowns. The problem was that Morris had such bad knees that his rookie season ended up being his only season in the NFL.


5. Brodie Croyle

The record-setting quarterback out of Alabama was the 85th overall pick by the Chiefs.  At the time, Croyle was thought to be the best candidate to replace Trent Green. Five years later and things have not worked out for Croyle and the Chiefs.   

With a long history of injuries, Croyle has not been able to stay healthy during his first three seasons. Matt Cassel has been brought in and injury-plagued Croyle has completely lost his chance to start for the Chiefs. 

In five seasons with the Chiefs, Croyle has started 10 games and produced not one single win for the team.  In five years, Croyle has thrown for a measly 1,669 yards, eight touchdowns, nine interceptions and a quarterback rating of 67.8. 

Hard to believe people actually argued for Croyle to start over Cassel when Cassel first arrived from the New England Patriots.


4. Junior Siavii

Junior was the 36th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2004 draft.  Siavii is one of many Chiefs DT picks who could not translate from a good college player to a productive NFL player. During his two seasons with the Chiefs, Siavii only had 15 tackles and one sack.

Siavii was taken in the NFL draft to correct the Ryan Sims mistake.  However, he only amplified the problem.  Siavii’s second-round selection was questioned equally by the fans and experts from the beginning.  When Herm Edwards was brought in as head coach in 2006, he cut Siavii, who has not been seen in the league since.


3. Ryan Sims

As the sixth overall pick in the 2002 draft, Sims was supposed to anchor the defensive line for the next decade in Kansas City. In the 59 games Sims played as a Chief—36 starts—he recorded a meager 65 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.  

Defensive tackles are tricky to gauge coming out of college and the first round of the 2002 draft proved that. In the top 15 of the first round, four defensive tackles were taken. 

The Kansas City Chiefs passed on Albert Haynesworth and John Henderson in order to draft Sims. The Chiefs eventually traded Sims to the Tampa Bay Bucs for a seventh-round draft pick. Over his career, Sims has averaged one whole sack a season.


2. Trezelle Jenkins

The player nicknamed “The House” coming out of college was selected 31st overall in the first round of the 1995 NFL draft.  In three seasons with the Chiefs, Jenkins played in only nine games, never showing any signs of the potential he exhibited at Michigan.   

After the Chiefs parted ways with Jenkins, he spent time on the preseason rosters of the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.  In 2000, Jenkins was drafted by the San Francisco Demons of the XFL but failed to make the team. 

According to lostletterman.com, Jenkins now owns a Harold’s Chicken Shack in Ferndale, Mich.


1. Todd Blackledge

Todd Blackledge was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.  After a great college career at Penn State, in which Blackledge lead the Nittany Lions to a national championship in 1982, he was the second quarterback selected behind only John Elway. 

Having been the second quarterback taken in the draft, Blackledge never lived up to his selection.  A lot of that shortcoming could have had to do with the fact that Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, two Hall of Famers, were selected after Blackledge.

Blackledge played five seasons with the Chiefs.  In his five seasons, Blackledge only started 24 out of 40 possible games.  When Blackledge left the Chiefs, his numbers were far from impressive, with only 4,510 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 32 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 62. 


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