Trading out of the first round isn’t new to the Chiefs, but it has been more than a decade since it has happened.
In the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, the Chiefs dealt their first-round selection — the 28th overall pick — to the San Francisco 49ers. The Chiefs received second, fourth and sixth-round picks in exchange.
“We’re still going to get really good players. That’s the beauty of this thing,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said.
Thursday marked the sixth time the Chiefs have traded out of the first round. The last time it happened, in 2004, the Chiefs traded the overall No. 30 selection for the Lions’ second-round pick, No. 36, and drafted defensive tackle Junior Siavii. They also received picks in the fourth and fifth rounds, and drafted wide receiver Samie Parker in the fourth.
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The Chiefs landed two of their most productive quarterbacks by trading first-round picks. In 2001, Trent Green came from the Rams in exchange for the Chiefs’ overall No. 12 selection. Green was the Chiefs’ starter from 2001 until the 2006 season and is second in career passing yards.
Joe Montana arrived from the 49ers for the 1993 season in a trade for the No. 18 overall selection. In the first of his two years in Kansas City, Montana led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game. The playoff victories that season were the first for the organization until last season.
In a dreadful deal, in 1975, the Chiefs obtained defensive end John Matuszak from the Oilers in exchange for Curly Culp and the sixth overall selection. Culp went on to four Pro Bowl seasons in Houston.
Trading out of the first round
The Chiefs have traded out of the first round of the NFL Draft six times.
Chiefs trade No. 17 pick to the Bears for George Seals.
Chiefs traded the No. 6 pick and Curley Culp for John Matuszak.
Chiefs surrender first-round selection (No. 18) to the 49ers for Joe Montana, David Whitmore and 1994 third-round pick (Lake Dawson).
Chiefs trade first round pick (No. 12) to the Rams for Trent Green. The Chiefs also obtained the Rams’ fourth-ranked pick (Derrick Blaylock). The Chiefs gave up their second-round selection to the Rams for Coach Dick Vermeil.
Chiefs trade first-round pick (No. 30) to the Lions for No. 36 (Junior Siavii), 2004 fourth-round pick (Samie Parker), 2005 fifth-round pick (Alphonso Hodge). Lions drafted Kevin Jones.
Chiefs trade first-round pick (No. 28) and seventh-round pick (No. 249) to the 49ers for the sixth pick in the second round (No. 37), a fourth-round pick (No. 105) and a sixth-round pick (No. 178).