The Kansas City Chiefs started building the foundation for what is still the franchise’s only Super Bowl championship team in the 1963 draft. In their first year in Kansas City after moving from Dallas, the Chiefs drafted two future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and three other players who would eventually be selected for their own Hall. Here’s a closer look at the top players from that draft:
Buck Buchanan, defensive tackle, Grambling, first round, first overall: Buchanan was one of the elite players on the great Kansas City defense that carried the Chiefs to the Super Bowl twice in the first four seasons of their existence. He was practically impossible for the Vikings to block; the Chiefs beat Minnesota in Super Bowl IV. Buchanan was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990. He died of cancer in 1992 at the age of 51.
Ed Budde, guard, Michigan State, first round, eighth overall: Budde was named to the AFL’s all-time team and went on to play 14 seasons and his entire career for the Chiefs. He played in either the AFL All-Star game or the NFL Pro Bowl eight times. Budde was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1984.
Bobby Bell, linebacker, Minnesota, seventh round, 56th overall: Defensive stats other than fumbles and interceptions weren’t tallied in Bell’s era. Otherwise, he might receive more acclaim as one of the best all-around outside linebackers ever. As it was, Bell was named to the AFL’s all-time team and scored nine touchdowns in his 12-year career on either fumble or interception returns. Bell was the first Chiefs player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
Jerrell Wilson, punter, Southern Mississippi, 11th round, 88th overall: Another member of the AFL’s all-time team, Wilson played 15 seasons for the Chiefs and has a better career punting average (43.4 yards) than that of the only punter to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ray Guy (42.4). Wilson was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1988.
Dave Hill, offensive tackle, Auburn, 24th round, 192nd overall: Hill was the Chiefs’ starting right tackle for 11 seasons and played in their Super Bowl IV victory over the Vikings. He was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1997.
Next-best Chiefs draft class: Competition is between 1969 (cornerback Jim Marsalis, running back Ed Podolak, center Jack Rudnay), 1984 (defensive lineman Bill Maas, offensive tackle John Alt, cornerback Kevin Ross) and 2008 (offensive tackle Branden Albert, cornerback Brandon Flowers, running back Jamaal Charles). The pick here is 1984. Alt and Ross were among the best Chiefs ever at their positions while Maas was an excellent player in Kansas City for several seasons.