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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Kansas City Chiefs

Updated on May 5, 2015

These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Kansas City Chiefs.

5. Ryan Sims

Kansas City passed on two future pro bowlers to take him.

At North Carolina, Ryan Sims was a mammoth of a defensive tackle proving to be a versatile run stopper and pass rusher.

Sims was selected sixth overall in 2002. Rather than anchor the interior of the Chiefs defense, Sims made just 36 starts over five seasons in Kansas City. He notched only 54 tackles, five sacks, and an interception during that time. After Herm Edwards was named head coach, Sims rarely saw the field again. He was traded to Tampa Bay in 2007 for a seventh round pick.

4. Paul Palmer

He proved to be nothing more than a return specialist at the pro level.

At Temple, Paul Palmer was a star at running back. He finished his college career as Temple's all time leader in career rushing yards, single season rushing yards, and single game rushing yards. He was the runner up to Vinny Testaverde for the 1986 Heisman trophy.

Palmer was selected 19th overall in 1987. While he was named All-Pro as a rookie for leading the AFC in kick return average, he couldn't muster up the same success at running back. Palmer rushed for 607 yards in his two years in Kansas City. After not being able to take over the starting running back spot from the "Nigerian Nightmare" himself, Christian Okoye, he was waived at the end of 1988. He went on to play for three more teams as nothing more than a kick returner

3. Sylvester Morris

Injuries limited him to only 15 games played.

An FCS school product, Sylvester Morris was a productive and dominant player at Jackson State.

Morris was the 21st overall pick in 2000 by Kansas City. Although raw like many small school alumni, he was a big target with loads of potential. The Chiefs hoped he'd turn into a number one wide receiver. Unfortunately, his fate was at the hands of the injury bug. After a decent rookie season in which he recorded 48 receptions for 678 yards, and 3 touchdowns, Morris never played another down in the NFL. Constant, severe knee injuries forced him out of action for the next three years. In 2004, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Once again, a nasty knee injury ended his career. he played just one year in the NFL, but unlike many busts, it wasn't due to off field problems or character issues.

2. Trezelle Jenkins

He was a rare disappointing Michigan offensive lineman.

As a sophomore at Michigan, Trezelle Jenkins was the team's starting left tackle on the Wolverine's undefeated 1992 Rose Bowl team. He proved to be versatile playing both tackle spots during his time at Michigan.

Jenkins was selected 31st overall in 1995. He played in just nine games in three seasons with the Chiefs. He never played another snap in the NFL after he was traded to New Orleans and even couldn't make the roster of an XFL team. What does that say?

1. Todd Blackledge

He ended up being the worst quarterback from the famed 1983 draft class.

At Penn State, Todd Blackledge was a three year starter for the Nittany Lions. He was 31-5 as a starter and led Penn State to the 1982 National Championship victory. He also won the Davey O'Brien Award the same year.

Blackledge was selected seventh overall in 1983. He ended up being the least productive of the six first round quarterbacks in that draft. John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino all ended up in the Hall of Fame. Tony Eason led the Patriots to Super XX and Ken O'Brien was a two time pro bowler during his time with the Jets. Blackledge finished his five years in Kansas City throwing more interceptions then touchdowns.

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      Kevin Goodwin 

      3 years ago

      Jenkins was so good at Michigan but injuries destroyed his career.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      And now Blackledge is best known for taste of the town.


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