A system called the "common draft" was implemented for the AFL and NFL in 1967, creating a joint draft between the two leagues and establishing the precursor for what has become the marquee event of the offseason.
The two leagues merged in 1970, and the rest is history.
Over the next three weeks leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, we're going to take a look back at who the Kansas City Chiefs have selected in each round since the event's beginnings 53 years ago.
Let's begin with the seventh round, where Kansas City does not currently own a selection in the upcoming draft. The Chiefs selected offensive lineman Nick Allegretti in the seventh round last year.
As if now, these are the selections Kansas City currently has for the 2020 Draft:
No. 32 (Round 1)
No. 63 (Round 2)
No. 96 (Round 3)
No. 138 (Round 4)
No. 177 (Round 5)
And here's a look at who the Chiefs have drafted in the seventh round since 1967:
- Twenty-eight of Kansas City's 57 seventh-round draft picks went on to appear in a game for the Chiefs, combining to play in 1,043 total contests.
- Allegretti appeared in seven games for the Chiefs in 2019. Defensive lineman Mike Catapano, who was selected out of Yale in 2013, was the last seventh-rounder to appear in a game for Kansas City prior to Allegretti's arrival.
- The Chiefs have selected one future Pro Bowler in the seventh round since 1967 - defensive back Kevin Ross, who was drafted in 1984. Ross made the Pro Bowl in 1989 and 1990. He was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2011.
- Ross wore a Chiefs' uniform in the most games of any seventh-round pick in franchise history, taking the field 156 times. Offensive tackle Dave Szott (142) and defensive back Eric Warfield (115) are the only other seventh-round selections to appear in at least 100 games for Kansas City.
- Offensive lineman has been the most-selected position over the years, with 11 picks.
- Former wide receiver Danan Hughes appeared in 85 games for Kansas City after being selected in the seventh round of the 1993 Draft.