To be honest, almost every player KC has drafted since 2000 have become at least serviceable. I truly feel like Jonathan Baldwin might be the worst player selected during this era, but looking back at the players selected after him it honestly wasn’t a huge blow. So I decided to go with another player in order to get the full heartbreak.
The player I went with was Ryan Sims, the defensive tackle from North Carolina that KC selected 6th overall in the 2002 draft. Sims was supposed to bolster a defense that had been absolute horrendous for years under Dick Vermeil. Unfortunately he wasn’t nearly as productive in the pros as he was in college. While with the Chiefs he played in 74 games and only registered 54 tackles and 5 sacks, not what you want out of a player of that pedigree. When Herm Edwards took over as the head coach his playing time was reduced and then he was traded to the Buccaneers after the season ended.
The worst part about this entire series of events is that Kansas City was determined to bolster their defense, and the 2002 draft was FULL of impact defensive players. They just failed to grab one with the 6th pick. Here’s a few big names that were still available when they swung and missed on Sims; Roy Williams, John Henderson, Dwight Freeney, Albert Haynesworth, Lito Sheppard, and Ed Reed. Not to mention offensive studs like Bryant McKinnie and Jeremy Shockey.
Luckily for Chiefs’ faithful the franchise has made better decisions in the draft as of late, they have a young core of impact players poised to take them into elite status. Second year quarterback Patrick Mahomes is one of the most exciting storylines heading into next season.