With The First Pick In The NFL Draft – The Kansas City Royals Select…
Mr. Irrelevant for 2010 is Wide Reiceiver Timothy Toone and if you don’t know who that is then you probably haven’t been knee deep into the NFL Draft the last three days. But for those of you who have been – here is an interesting Royals connection to the NFL Draft.
I’m not sure, but I’m going to venture a guess that the Kansas City Royals are the only Major League Baseball organization to have drafted three players who would go on to be the Number One Overall pick in the National Football League Draft.
One of the three is so obvious any Royals fan should have already said his name – Vincent Edward Jackson from Auburn University:
Bo was the Number One Overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He never signed with the Bucs and re-entered the 1987 draft when he was taken in the 7th round (183rd overall) by the Los Angeles Raiders (Yes, Los Angeles not Oakland). He never signed with the Bucs because in the interim he was drafted and signed with the Royals when they chose him the the 4th round of the 1986 June Baseball Draft.
Who are the other two Number One Overall NFL Draft Picks who were also drafted by the Royals?
The first was this guy:
University of California QB Steve Bartkowski was the Number One Overall pick of the 1975 NFL Draft taken by the Atlanta Falcons. The Royals had selected First Baseman Steve Bartkowski in the 33rd round of the June 1971 Baseball Draft out of Bucher High School (Santa Clara, CA). Bartkowski never signed with the Royals.
The third was someone Kansas City sports fans are very familiar with – this guy:
Stanford University QB John Elway was the Number One Overall pick of the 1983 NFL Draft taken by the Baltimore Colts. Like Bo Jackson, Elway would never play for his drafting team and was later traded to the Denver Broncos. The Royals had selected Outfielder John Elway in the 18th round of the June 1979 Baseball Draft out of Granada Hills High School (Northridge, CA). Elway never signed with the Royals, but was later drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the June 1981 Baseball Draft. He did sign with the Yankees and played briefly in the minor leagues in 1982 before starting his Hall of Fame NFL career.
There were a couple of others that come close. Deion Sanders was taken fifth in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons - the Royals selected him in the 6th round of the June 1985 Baseball Draft. Archie Manning was taken second in the 1971 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints – the Royals selected him in the 2nd round of the 1971 January Baseball Draft.
The Royals have seemingly drafted as many NFL QBs as the Chiefs have in the last 40 years. And I didn’t even include another high school kid taken by the Royals in the 4th round of the June 1979 Baseball Draft named Dan Marino.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)