On Saturday, the last ten players of the 2021 NFL Top 100 — an annual ranking of the league’s best players as voted on by their peers — were offically announced.
It wasn’t exactly a surprise... but at least now, it’s official. Two Kansas City Chiefs are in the top five for this season, joining three other Kansas City players ranked in this year’s list: safety Tyrann Mathieu (58th), defensive lineman Chris Jones (34th) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (15th).
5. Travis Kelce • TE • Kansas City Chiefs
Staking his claim as the best pass-catching tight end in the NFL, Kelce set the all-time single-season mark for tight ends with 1,416 receiving yards in 2020. Kelce’s 105 receptions and 11 touchdowns were career-highs and he continued his stellar year in the playoffs with 31 catches for 360 yards and three TDs. The 31-year-old’s consistent production is also entering historic proportions, becoming the only TE to log five 1,000-yard seasons and the only one with multiple 100-catch seasons in NFL history. Kelce is also the only player in the NFL with 90-plus receptions and 1,200-plus receiving yards in each of the last three seasons.
And then... drumroll, please...
1. Patrick Mahomes • QB • Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes reaches the pinnacle of the Top 100 after consecutive No. 4 rankings and adds another accolade to a young resume that has seemingly accomplished everything already. In 2020, Mahomes threw for 4,740 passing yards and 38 touchdowns in 15 games (14-1) to lead the Chiefs to their third straight AFC West title and grinded through an injury-laden playoff run to Kansas City’s second Super Bowl appearance in as many seasons. Mahomes is winning at a historic pace in his three seasons as a starter with a 38-8 regular-season record and 6-2 playoff record. Although he didn’t match the numbers of his MVP season two years prior, Mahomes was noticeably improved in the advanced details of the QB position in Year 4, improving on his throwing accuracy and his ability to make plays on the run. Everything Mahomes does on the football field seems to have an exciting appeal, and at just 25-years-old, he’s being recognized as the NFL’s best player with plenty of time to get even better.
This is the part where I comment on the rankings — usually finding fault with them. But this time... I have nothing to say.
Congratulations, Patrick and Travis!