The folks at ESPN compiled a list of who they believe to be the top 100 players in the National Football League heading into this season, and for a third-straight year, quarterback Patrick Mahomes topped the rankings.
Mahomes – who also claimed the top spot in both 2020 and 2021 – was named the league's best player by a panel of more than 50 NFL experts on Monday after throwing for 4,839 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2021. The 26-year-old Mahomes, who is entering his fifth season as a starter this year, is one of just four quarterbacks in league history to record three or more seasons with 35+ touchdowns and 4,500+ passing yards, joining Tom Brady (4 times), Drew Brees (4 times) and Peyton Manning (4 times). Mahomes has now done it in three of his four years as a starter.
Mahomes leads the league in multiple categories since taking over as the Chiefs' starting quarterback in 2018, including passing yards (18,707), passing touchdowns (151), passing first downs (911) and completions of 25+ yards (157). In that time, Mahomes has helped the Chiefs win more regular-season (50) and playoff (8) games than any other franchise. Additionally, through 63 career starts, Mahomes leads all players in league history in passing yards (18,991), completions (1,550) and passer rating (105.8).
Here's a portion of what ESPN's Adam Teicher wrote about Mahomes in the rankings:
"Mahomes is a great playmaker in part because of his ability to complete unconventional throws. He has completed passes without looking at his intended receiver, throwing left-handed and in numerous other unorthodox ways. No other quarterback has produced like him through 63 career starts, and he is primed for another big season."
Four other members of the Chiefs joined Mahomes in the rankings, including tight end Travis Kelce (No. 17), defensive lineman Chris Jones (No. 40), center Creed Humphrey (No. 68) and offensive guard Joe Thuney (No. 86).
For a look at the full rankings, click here.