ESPN released its top 100 players in the NFL list Monday. ESPN’s style is a little different than other lists, as it aims to predict who will be the best players in 2018 rather than gauging how good they are right now.
The methodology: ESPN used a panel of experts and asked them how good they thought a player might be in 2018 on a scale from 1-100. Past performance and positional value were thrown out the window. The idea is this year.
The Kansas City Chiefs landed five players land on the list:
22. TE Travis Kelce (2017: 21)
36. S Eric Berry (2017: 17)
52. RB Kareem Hunt (2017: n/a)
69. OLB Justin Houston (2017: 48)
75. WR Tyreek Hill (2017: n/a)
You could make the case that Travis Kelce could be higher (New England’s Rob Gronkowski came in at 12) and Tyreek Hill should be much higher.
Eric Berry as the 36th-best player in the league will require him to be on the field. Kareem Hunt is probably right around where he should be and Justin Houston could be too high unless he is truly, as he has said, tapping back into ‘14 Houston, in which he is far too low.
Chiefs candidates to break onto the list next season: Patrick Mahomes, Sammy Watkins, Mitchell Schwartz, Chris Jones, Kendall Fuller