PFF: KC Chiefs have 3 of top 4 players from 2022 season
By Matt Conner
The Kansas City Chiefs have three of the top four players listed on Pro Football Focus’s Top 101 Players from 2022.
In case you wondered just how dominant the Kansas City Chiefs stars are considered to be, perhaps no single countdown or list or ranking is going to show it as well as Pro Football Focus can. The annual list of the top 101 players from the previous season is out now and the Chiefs own three of the top four slots overall.
A brief qualifier is needed here in that PFF makes note that this is only about 2022 performance. It has nothing to do with future value or past performance. That means if, say, Patrick Mahomes would have been injured for half of the year, he’s likely not even on this list.
Still, it’s interesting to see that the Chiefs are so dominant on a list like this. Yes, they won the Super Bowl and yes they were a top conference seed, but there were a number of incredible performances outside of Kansas City in 2022, but most of those came after the Chiefs got their names called.
Patrick Mahomes is No. 1 on the list, which is only fitting as the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player. Mahomes’ incredible season was capped by being named Super Bowl MVP.
Defensive tackle Chris Jones won the Defensive Player of the Year Award from Pro Football Focus, and his name is listed second here after adding a stellar postseason performance to his 15.5 sacks in the regular season.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is the only one breaking up the trio that includes Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce at No. 4 overall. At this point, he’s arguably the best pass catcher in the game and resetting expectations at the position on an annual basis.
Interestingly, former Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill was listed at No. 7 overall after an outstanding season in his first year with the Miami Dolphins.
Beyond the top 10, several more Chiefs made the list of 101 players, beginning with the second center on the board in Creed Humphrey (Jason Kelce being the first) at No. 21 overall. From there, it was a steep fall to linebacker Nick Bolton at No. 88, left guard Joe Thuney at No. 96, and L’Jarius Sneed at No. 99.
You can read the entire list here.