If you are a connoisseur of NFL Network programming then surely you know the NFL Top 100 list of players, as voted by players, has been going on for the last three weeks. At a pace of 10 players per week, we’re already 30 players into the list of 100 and there has been a notable absence from the list so far.
Thirty players in and the Chiefs have yet to place a player on the list. Now, the Chiefs are going to have someone on the list, Jamaal Charles is almost certain to be in the top 15 players in the league. But with 10 Pro Bowlers from 2013 and an 11-win season one would think Kansas City would have made an appearance by now.
Denver and San Diego have already made an appearance on the list. Eric Weddle appeared at 92 while Denver’s Louis Vasquez (97), Von Miller (76), and Wes Welker (73). Even Broncos signings T.J. Ward (82) and Aqib Talib (79) have shown up on the list. So where is the Chiefs love?
There is always a chance the Chiefs are just crazy top-heavy with their Top 100 players. Kansas City had six players in Pro Football Focus’ version of the Top 100 players in the NFL, with five of those players ranking in the top 60. Derrick Johnson, who better be on this NFL list, ranked 72nd on PFF’s list. So one would think the action on the Chiefs’ end should be coming soon.
Still, with 10 Pro Bowl players one would think someone would have snuck on the NFL’s list. We can go ahead and assume Charles, Johnson, Donari Poe, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, and Eric Berry will be on the list. It would be an upset if one of those players didn’t make it. What is surprising to me is a guy like Brandon Flowers – a guy with a reputation of being good – or Dexter McCluster – an all-Pro returner – didn’t sneak in with one of those low-90′s spots.
Whether or not they deserve it is a reasonable argument, but these things tend to not always be based on sound reasoning. There are only six offensive linemen on the NFL’s list, for example. You’re telling me there are only six offensive linemen worthy of being in the top 100? Also, how does one explain Eddie Lacy being ranked ahead of Matt Forte? Goofy quirks like this is why I figured Kansas City would have at least one player named by now.
With 70 names left to be unveiled there is still plenty of room left to add some Chiefs. Knowing what we know now after 30 picks, how many Chiefs do you think will end up making the list? I’ll set the over/under at 6.5.