3. Mitch Morse
Although Morse has only played one NFL season so far, he performed very well in his rookie campaign for K.C. The ex-Missouri Tiger started in 15 of 16 games for the Chiefs, while showing that he can be an asset as both a run blocker and a pass blocker. His technique and work ethic was excellent for a player as young as he is, and he can only get better with more NFL game experience. I look for him to take an even bigger step this year and become one of the premier interior linemen in the league.
2. Marcus Peters
There were many mixed feelings when the Kansas City Chiefs took talented, young corner-back Marcus Peters with their first round pick back in 2015. At the University of Washington, he showed signs of greatness, but he also got dismissed from the team during his senior year.
Fortunately for K.C., all of the early signs show that they may have hit a home run with this pick. Following a sensational 2015 rookie season which saw him intercept eight passes and tie for first in the league with 26 passes defensed, Peters was awarded with a Pro Bowl selection and the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award as well. The Chiefs will continue to build their defensive secondary around the young Peters in the years to come.
1. Travis Kelce
Kelce has been everything to the Chiefs offense over the past two seasons. He has averaged 869 receiving yards and five touchdowns in each of those two campaigns and has also built himself a reputation as one of the best young blocking tight ends in the entire league. Easily the best player at his position that has donned a Chiefs uniform since the great Tony Gonzalez, Kelce has quickly become one of the go-to receiving options for veteran quarterback Alex Smith in K.C.’s offense.
Expect big things out of Kelce this year and also many more years for Kansas City as he ascends into NFL stardom.