As the NFL continues to unveil its list of Top 100 Players for the 2021 season at their official site, the second tier of 10 has been made known and it brings with it the latest member of the K.C. Chiefs roster: wide receiver Tyreek Hill at No. 15 overall.
There was little doubt that Hill would be ranked among the top playmakers in the league as the best deep threat in the NFL and a well-rounded receiver who is arguably the single most dynamic offensive weapon in the game. Hill took his game to new heights in ’21, so it’s not a surprise to see him move up seven spots from last season to take over at No. 15.
Last season, Hill had 87 catches for 1,276 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, a mark that matched the franchise high for a single season first set by Dwayne Bowe back in 2010. Hill already owned the single-season receiving yards record in Chiefs history with 1,479, set back in 2018. Last season he led the NFL with 14.0 yards/touch.
Tyreek Hill leaps spots in this year’s NFL Top 100 Players list.
Hill is in rare company historically speaking as a player who has made five Pro Bowl appearances in his first five seasons in the league—a mark only 33 previous players at any position can claim in NFL history. If Hill makes it again this season, then that list drops to only 22. A.J. Green holds the all-time record for most Pro Bowls to start a receiving career with seven.
This preseason, the Chiefs have been cautious with their usage of Hill after he’s dealt with both knee tendinitis and a hamstring injury throughout training camp and the preseason. He sat out Friday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals and it would be a major surprise if he played this Friday against the Minnesota Vikings. Instead, the Chiefs are likely resting him for the next two weeks until the regular season opener against the visiting Cleveland Browns.
Earlier in the countdown, the Chiefs first appeared at No. 58 overall with star safety Tyrann Mathieu. From there, defensive lineman Chris Jones became the second Chiefs player to land in the top 60 at No. 34. Hill becomes the third player with two more obvious candidates still to come in the top 10 slots: quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce. Both are the top players at their respective positions.