The Chiefs have only had the first overall selection in the draft once in franchise history, coming in 1963 when the team traded quarterbackCotton Davidson to the Oakland Raiders for the selection. The franchise has selected two players in the first round in the same year on five different occasions, coming in 1963, 1968, 1979, 1984, and 2008. The team has also traded away their first pick five times, coming in 1973, 1975, 1993, 2001, and 2004.
Like most teams in the NFL, the Chiefs have never drafted a fullback, placekicker, or punter in the first round of the NFL Draft. Running backs are the most commonly selected by the Chiefs in the first round, with 10 coming since 1960.
Four players have been chosen by the Chiefs from LSU in the first round of the NFL Draft, with three consecutive from 2007–2009, the most from any one university. Southern California, Iowa, Tennessee and Penn. State have all contributed three players to the Chiefs in the first round of the draft, all tied for second-most from one school.
↑Obtained Jacksonville’s first-round pick (31st overall, Trezelle Jenkins), third-round pick (97th overall, LB Troy Dumas), fourth-round pick (134th overall, QB Steve Stenstrom) and a 1996 fourth-round pick for the Chiefs' first-round pick (19th overall).
↑Obtained Houston’s first-round pick (13th overall, TE Tony Gonzalez) and fourth-round pick (110th overall, QB Pat Barnes) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round (18th overall), third-round (81st overall), fourth-round (116th overall) and sixth-round (181st overall) picks.
↑Obtained Dallas’ first-round pick (sixth overall, DT Ryan Sims) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (8th overall), third-round pick (75th overall) and a sixth-round pick in 2003.
↑Obtained Pittsburgh’s first-round pick (27th overall, RB Larry Johnson), third-round pick (92nd overall, CB Julian Battle) and sixth-round pick (200th overall, subsequently traded to the New York Jets) in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (16th overall).
↑Obtained Detroit’s 2004 second-round pick (DT Junior Siavii), fourth-round pick (WR Samie Parker) and a fifth-round pick in 2005 in exchange for the Chiefs' first-round pick (30th overall).