3. Patrick Mahomes
If Patrick Mahomes stays healthy, he is a near-lock for football’s greatest honor. No player in NFL history has ever accomplished what “Showtime” has done in his first three seasons in the league—and Mahomes only started two of them. We all know the stats by this point: 66% career completion percentage, 9,400 passing yards, 76 touchdowns with a 1.6% interception rate. All of these numbers rank him at the top of league history through three seasons, and 2019 proves that he’s only getting better.
The question is not whether or not Mahomes is on a Hall of Fame track, that much is obvious. The question, rather, is what else he needs to accomplish to legitimately be considered. There are definitely people that believe that he is already destined for Canton. We might need to tap the brakes on that a bit, but a couple more seasons which parallel, or even come close, to 2018 and 2019 and he’s right there. One would guess that one more league MVP or one more Super Bowl would get it done for the Chiefs superstar quarterback.
And, of course, Chiefs Kingdom hopes for much more. 2020 could demonstrate just how far ahead Mahomes is over the rest of the league: returning every offensive skill-position starter and backup, while also adding a running back as versatile as first round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire. It also will be interesting with the coronavirus massively shortening the amount of time other teams have to catch up.
A healthy Patrick Mahomes is a Hall of Famer. The only question is what year the induction will be.