Chiefs on the ''NFL Top 100'' List
Nine Chiefs were voted onto the list this year
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It’s not really a secret that the Kansas City Chiefs are loaded with talent, and the guys who step on the field to compete with them every Sunday already know all about it.
For the sixth consecutive year, the NFL has released its ranking of the top 100 players in the league.
The list is derived from the votes of 700 current NFL players, which makes being on this list particularly special because it’s an honor given to them by their peers.
When all of those votes were tallied this year, the Chiefs walked away with nine players on the list, which is the most of any team in the league.
The Chiefs are stacked and everyone knows it.
Here’s a look at the nine Chiefs who were recognized by their peers this year:
Jeremy Maclin, who is coming off his first season in Kansas City, came in at No. 93 on the list.
Maclin finished the season with 87 receptions for 1,088 yards with 8 touchdowns. It was a franchise record for receptions in a single season from a receiver.
Not a bad start for Maclin in Kansas City.
After his first Pro Bowl season, Travis Kelce came in at No. 91 following a year in which he caught 72 passes for 875 yards and 5 touchdowns.
He has proven to be one of the NFL’s up-and-coming stars at the tight end position.
Kelce signed a multi-year contract extension this offseason.
Since 2011, the show’s debut, Hali has now been named to the “NFL Top 100” five of six times.
He was the team’s first-round pick back in 2011, and is currently second in franchise history with 86 career sacks.
Last season, Hali had 6.5 sacks and 48 tackles (39 solo), playing a key role in the absence of Justin Houston.
2016 marks the first year that Smith has made the “NFL Top 100.”
Many would regard 2015 at the best season of Smith’s 11-year NFL career, when he went 307 of 470 for 20 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. Smith also used his feet more in 2015, rushing for 498 yards with 2 touchdowns.
When asked about his quarterback’s ranking, Hali said it was “disrespectful” that Smith was so low on the list.
After helping the Chiefs win 10-straight games to finish out the regular season, Smith has now won 30 games as the starting quarterback for the Chiefs in his first three seasons, which is the most for any quarterback in franchise history.
It’s no surprise that Johnson made this list as he fought his way back from a season-ending Achilles injury in 2014 only to come back and lead the Chiefs with 116 total tackles in 2015, also adding 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.
In Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers, Johnson also became the franchise’s all-time leading tackler, passing former great Gary Spani (999).
Johnson comes in at No. 80 on this year’s list.
A name that might surprise some on this list is Charles, who played in just five games before going down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 against the Chicago Bears.
Before the injury, Charles ran the ball 71 times for 364 yards with 4 touchdowns, adding 177 yards and a touchdown receiving as well.
Charles is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL, and even with the injury, the fact that he ranked in the top 100 just goes to show the respect he has from players around the league.
Charles comes in at No. 75 on this year’s list.
Peters has often talked about the respect he plays this game to earn, which won’t be fully realized until his career is over and done with and won’t be impacted by individual awards.
“It feels good,” Peters said of this honor, “but for me, it’s not about the rankings, I’m just trying to help my team win as many games as possible. It doesn’t matter about the individual accolades.
“We got to the playoffs but fell short of getting to the Super Bowl, and that’s the goal.”
Peters won the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award after a season in which he led the NFL with 26 passes defensed (also a franchise record) and recorded 8 interceptions, which tied for the NFL lead.
He was named a second-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in his first season as well.
For the third time in his career, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry made the list, coming in at No. 55 this year.
Berry was ranked No. 93 back in 2011 and No. 50 in 2014.
Berry, the 2015 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, finished last season with 61 tackles, 2 interceptions and 10 passes defensed.
The ninth and final Chiefs player to be named to the list also shouldn’t come as any surprise as he has proven to be one of the elite defensive players in the NFL over the past few seasons.
For the fourth time in his career, Justin Houston was honored as he came in at No. 26 on this year’s list.
Over the past three years, Houston has racked up 40.5 sacks, which is second best in the NFL over during that time.
Last year, despite playing in just 11 games because of a knee injury, Houston finished the season with 25 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 2 interceptions—one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Houston is currently working his way back from offseason knee surgery.
Here’s what Chiefs coach Andy Reid had to say about Houston at the end of the veteran minicamp:
“I don’t know how much he’s going to do in (training) camp,” Reid said of Houston. “But listen, he’s where he needs to be right now. He’s a hard worker, so he’s bound and determined to get back. I’ve told you before, when you’re around him, you have this optimism.
“I feel optimistic that he’s going to be back in a short period of time, but in reality, it’s going to take a little bit – and that’s okay. You’ve got other guys that will step in, step up for him at that spot until he gets back. The important thing is he gets back, that he’s healthy and that you don’t rush it and do something foolish.”