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Ranking picks from past five Chiefs drafts: Travis Kelce is No. 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs drafted 38 players over the past five seasons, since Andy Reid arrived as head coach in 2013. Those five drafts were run by general manager John Dorsey, who was fired last summer.

His replacement, Brett Veach, had a voice in each of those drafts as one of the Chiefs’ top scouts.

Here is a ranking of those 38 players, from the best pick to the worst. Among the considerations were not only how much the player produced for the Chiefs, but also how long he played, what he might contribute in the future and in which round he was selected.

  1. TE Travis Kelce, third round, 2013: Given the quality of player that Kelce has become, he would have been worth the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, when the Chiefs had that choice.

  2. WR Tyreek Hill, fifth round, 2016: Hill was spectacular as a part-time player and kick returner as a rookie and then as the Chiefs’ No. 1 wide receiver last year.

  3. QB Patrick Mahomes II, first round, 2017: This ranking has more to do with Mahomes’ immense potential than anything he’s done so far. But the Chiefs are more excited about the possibilities he brings than when they drafted him.

  4. CB Marcus Peters, first round, 2015: Peters would rank higher on talent, but after three seasons he’s gone, traded to the Los Angeles Rams.

  5. RB Kareem Hunt, third round, 2017: He led the NFL in rushing as a rookie and there will be more where that came from.

  6. DL Chris Jones, second round, 2016: Jones is the top supplier of big plays on the Chiefs' defensive line.

  7. OT Eric Fisher, first round, 2013: He hasn’t been the left tackle the Chiefs envisioned when they made him the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, but he’s been a five-year starter.

  8. G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, sixth round, 2014: The Chiefs took a chance on the medical student who played in college in Canada and they were rewarded.

  9. LB Dee Ford, first round, 2014: Ford had a spectacular first half of the season in 2016 with 10 sacks. Otherwise, his production has been sparse.

  10. C Mitch Morse, second round, 2015: He has become a solid player, one who -- contracts and injuries willing -- could anchor the offensive line for many years.

  11. CB Steven Nelson, third round, 2015: Nelson has played well at times. A core muscle injury interrupted what could have been a strong 2017 season for him.

  12. OL Zach Fulton, sixth round, 2014: He started at guard and center for the Chiefs over his four seasons but now has moved on to the Texans.

  13. WR Chris Conley, third round, 2015: A promising start to the 2017 season was interrupted when he tore his Achilles tendon. He’s back, but it’s unclear how much he will play after the Chiefs added Sammy Watkins.

  14. RB Knile Davis, third round, 2013: Overall, Davis was a disappointment. But he ranks this high for one play, his kickoff return for a touchdown to begin what would become the Chiefs’ first playoff win in 22 years.

  15. LB Tanoh Kpassagnon, second round, 2017: He played little as a rookie but had a couple sacks in the one start he made. This selection is also based on what he still could deliver.

  16. LB D.J. Alexander, fifth round, 2015: He was traded to the Seahawks last year, but not before making the Pro Bowl as a special teams standout.

  17. CB Phillip Gaines, third round, 2014: He was never the same player after tearing his ACL in 2015. He showed some promise before that.

  18. WR De’Anthony Thomas, fourth round, 2014: Thomas hasn’t produced much but the Chiefs re-signed him this year, so there’s still a chance.

  19. WR Demarcus Robinson, fourth round, 2016: He flashed potential when he got some playing time last year but, like Conley, his growth may be stunted by the addition of Watkins.

  20. G Parker Ehinger, fourth round, 2016: He was a starter as a rookie before injuring his knee. He didn’t play much last season but could regain his spot this year.

  21. DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches, sixth round, 2015: He plays in the defensive line rotation.

  22. S Eric Murray, fourth round, 2016: The Chiefs turned to Murray for help last year after losing Eric Berry for the season. The results were uneven and his chance for continued playing time could hinge on whether the Chiefs draft a safety.

  23. LB Ramik Wilson, fourth round, 2015: He was twice given the chance to be a starter but didn’t adequately seize it and now he’s gone.

  24. LB Dadi Nicolas, sixth round, 2016: He’s still on the roster after missing last season with an injury.

  25. S Leon McQuay, sixth round, 2017: He spent most of last season on the practice squad but was promoted to the active roster late in the year.

  26. LB Ukeme Eligwe, fifth round, 2017: Eligwe showed some promise as a rookie, but with the additions of Reggie Ragland and Anthony Hitchens may never get significant playing time.

  27. WR Jehu Chesson, fourth round, 2017: He will need to show improvement if he’s to climb over Conley, Thomas and Robinson and earn playing time.

  28. TE James O’Shaughnessy, fifth round, 2015: He caught eight passes in two seasons for the Chiefs before being traded to New England.

  29. LB Mike Catapano, seventh round, 2013: He had one sack in 15 games with the Chiefs.

  30. CB D.J. White, sixth round, 2016: He got into 11 games for the Chiefs but didn’t last two full seasons in Kansas City.

  31. DB Sanders Commings, fifth round, 2013: He was pushing for playing time before injuries ruined his career.

  32. C Eric Kush, sixth round, 2013: He played in three games for the Chiefs.

  33. LB Nico Johnson, fourth round, 2013: He got into six games for the Chiefs.

  34. WR Da’Ron Brown, seventh round, 2015: Like the players who follow him on this list, he never played in a regular season game for the Chiefs.

  35. FB Braden Wilson, sixth round, 2013.

  36. QB Aaron Murray, fifth round, 2014.

  37. QB Kevin Hogan, fifth round, 2016.

  38. CB KeiVarae Russell, third round, 2016. This third-round pick didn’t even last with the Chiefs through the regular season his rookie year, giving him this dubious honor.