The Best First-Round Tandems in KC History

We're just days away from the draft and the Chiefs are still sitting on the third overall pick. With general manager Scott Pioli's history of trading high picks and stockpiling selections, there may be a good possibility he trades down again this year. There have been rumors about Philadelphia, Cleveland, Washington and even Denver moving up for the third overall pick.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the opening-round tandems of Chiefs past. It's happened only five times in franchise history:

1963 - DT Buck Buchanan, G Ed Budde

1968 - G Mo Moorman, G George Daney

1979 - DE Mike Bell, QB Steve Fuller

1984 - DT Bill Maas, OT John Alt

2008 - DT Glenn Dorsey, OT Branden Albert

Buchanan and Budde made up the greatest first-round haul in Chiefs history, as both are members of the Chiefs Hall of Fame, and Buchanan is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Buchanan was taken with the first overall selection, and helped lead the Chiefs to two AFL championships and their only Super Bowl victory in 1969. Buchanan was selected to eight straight AFL All-Star Games/Pro Bowls, and may be the finest defensive lineman in franchise history,

Budde was selected out of Michigan State with the eighth overall pick, and played 14 seasons with the Chiefs, starting in both of the franchise's two Super Bowl appearances. He also appeared in the AFL All-Star Game or the Pro Bowl seven times, and was named to the AFL's All-Time team by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Moorman and Daney spent 13 combined seasons in Kansas City, and both were part of the 1969 championship team.

Bell was a solid player in the mold of a Maas or Dino Hackett. He spent 12 seasons with the Chiefs, and is credited with 40 total sacks, but that figure is misleading given that sacks weren't officially recorded in the stat book until 1983, his fifth year in the league. Nonetheless, Bell's two biggest years in terms of sack production were ‘83 and ‘84, with 10 and 13.5 sacks respectively.

Steve Fuller is one of only two quarterbacks the Chiefs have ever selected in the first round, the other being Todd Blackledge in 1983. The fact that the Chiefs felt it necessary to draft another quarterback in the first round just four drafts after Fuller's section, might hint towards his time in Kansas City. Fuller showed flashes of potential early on, but never blossomed, and ultimately threw just 22 touchdowns against 32 interceptions in four years.

Alt and Maas are the second best first-round tandem in Chiefs history, as Alt spent a remarkable 13 seasons with the franchise as a bookend along many formidable offensive lines, playing 179 games. When you draft an offensive lineman in the first round, you want him to turn out like Alt. Maas also enjoyed a productive career, plugging the middle of KC's defensive line for nine seasons, and recording 40 sacks.

On draft day 2008, many drew comparisons between the ‘08 and ‘84 drafts, and with good reason. In both drafts, the Chiefs selected a defensive tackle with the fifth overall pick and an offensive tackle later in the first round. Many fans are hoping they can still draw comparisons between the two drafts nine years from now. Judging by Dorsey and Albert's rookie seasons, it may be fair to assume they have a good chance of living up to the legacy left by Maas, Alt, Buchanan and Budde.

Dorsey led all rookie defensive linemen in tackles last season. However, many Chiefs fans weren't as impressed with the former all-everything tackle out of LSU as they'd hoped. He entered the 2008 draft as the most hyped defensive lineman in years, and his production would have needed to be earth shattering to meet expectations. Now, with the Chiefs looking to move to a 3-4 defensive scheme, questions about where Dorsey fits into the plans are abundant.

Dorsey isn't the prototypical behemoth space eater the 3-4 requires. However, Pioli and head coach Todd Haley see him contributing more in an attacking role, and if there's one thing Dorsey proved last season, it's his ability to draw double teams on a consistent basis. Should the Chiefs hang on to Dorsey, they'll find a way for such a unique talent to contribute.

As many questions as a 2-14 football team might have heading into the draft, there's at least one spot that's question-free, and that's at left tackle. Despite early injuries, Albert had an impressive rookie season, dispelling the notion that he might struggle in the transition from guard to tackle. Even though KC's quarterbacks were constantly dodging defenders, they weren't usually coming from Albert's side.

Looking back on the Chiefs' history with multiple first-round selections, it's hard to argue against trading down and adding another selection. The possibility of landing another Buchanan/Budde, Alt/Maas, or even Dorsey/Albert combo is enticing. First-round busts strike anywhere from pick #1 to #32, so if you can hedge your bet by picking twice in that span, why not?

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