Several KC Chiefs honored in NFLPA’s 2022 All-Pro team
The NFLPA released their annual All-Pro team and several members of the KC Chiefs were mentioned in the list, including potential MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Last Friday, the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA) released its annual All-Pro team for the 2022 season, and several members of the Kansas City Chiefs, from all three units, were mentioned. Four players were named the best at their respective positions and another was second.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the presumptive MVP, was named the top passer. At the same time, tight end Travis Kelce finished #1, Chris Jones was labeled the best interior defensive lineman, and Tommy Towsend was crowned as the top punter.
It’s no surprise that Mahomes finished No. 1 among quarterbacks as he’s far and away the best at his position, and a serious argument can be made that he’s also the best overall player in the NFL. After placing 8th overall, including third among quarterbacks, in the NFL’s Top 100, also voted by the players, it’s refreshing to see him finish in his rightful place.
There’s no denying that Travis Kelce is the top dog among NFL tight ends as he had over 400 more receiving yards than the next closest at his position. One could argue that no player dominated his peers at the tight end position more than Kelce did in 2022.
Chris Jones is one of the most underrated players in the NFL and now has been recognized as the best at his position, even ahead of the all-time great Aaron Donald. If he has a great performance in Super Bowl LVII, in my opinion, he’s a lock to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame five years after he retires.
The Chiefs, generally, don’t punt a lot, but Tommy Townsend was so great that he was named the best at his position for the 2022 season. He led all punters in net yards per punt with 45.6 and was second in Average Kick Hangtime.
In addition, Joe Thuney was named the second-best left guard in the NFL, only trailing Joel Bitonio of the Browns. Creed Humphrey finished fourth among all centers and Trey Smith was tied for fourth, with Wyatt Teller, among right guards. This is a testament to how great of a job Brett Veach did in the 2021 offseason to rebuild a reeling unit. Two years ago, the Chiefs had one of the worst offensive line performances in Super Bowl history. Today, three of his acquisitions, including two draft picks, were named by their peers among the very best at their positions.
The Kansas City Chiefs are playing in the Super Bowl for the third time in four years, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they have so many players who have the utmost respect among their peers. On top of the seven players mentioned here, they also have several other young players, such as Trent McDuffie and Nick Bolton, who could find themselves on this same list next year.