The Kansas City Chiefs were one of 23 teams given compensatory draft choices on Friday when they gained a pick at the end of the sixth round, 199th overall.
The Chiefs were awarded the additional pick after losing versatile offensive lineman Wade Smith to Houston as an unrestricted free agent last off-season. Smith started all 16 games for the Texans in 2010.
Compensatory picks, sandwiched within the third through seventh rounds, are determined by a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires the previous year.
Since compensatory selections came into existence in 1994, the Chiefs have received 13 additional picks. The last time that the Chiefs were awarded a compensatory pick, Ryan Succop was selected 256th overall (Mr. Irrelevant) in 2009.
Oddly enough, Scott Pioli was part of the Patriots war room when they snagged Tom Brady with the 199th pick back in 2000. You can’t ever expect that late of a pick to turn into a Hall of Famer, but I would take someone that can contribute as much as Succop has in his two years in Kansas City.
It’s important to remember that compensatory picks cannot be traded, so as Pioli potentially looks to move around the way he did in New England — something we haven’t seen much during his first two drafts — this is a selection that cannot be a part of those discussions. Whenever training camp rolls around, the 199th pick in the draft will be wearing a Chiefs helmet.