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Seven Chiefs Land in PFF's "Top 101 Players from 2022" Rankings

The Chiefs were represented by the second-most players of any team

The folks at Pro Football Focus unveiled who they believed to be the top 101 players from the 2022 season this week, and following the Kansas City Chiefs' victory in Super Bowl LVII, the defending world champions were well represented.

Kansas City landed seven players on this year’s list, which aimed to identify the best individual performers of the season regardless of position. It's also worth noting that these rankings included what occurred during the playoffs.

The Chiefs' seven representatives matched the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings for the second-most of any team in the NFL, trailing only the Philadelphia Eagles (13). Additionally, three of the top five spots on the list were occupied by members of the Chiefs.

Here's a quick look at which Chiefs made it on the list:

1. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes

2. Defensive lineman Chris Jones

4. Tight end Travis Kelce

21. Center Creed Humphrey

88. Linebacker Nick Bolton

96. Offensive guard Joe Thuney

99. Cornerback L'Jarius Sneed

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes topped the rankings this year after leading the NFL in passing yards (5,250) and passing touchdowns (41) in addition to winning both league and Super Bowl MVP honors. He's the first player to earn both honors in the same season since Kurt Warner did so in 1999.

Here's what Lead NFL Analyst Sam Monson wrote about Mahomes:

"Mahomes' season was a legacy-building year. The debate is no longer about whether he is the best quarterback in the game, but simply about how long he needs to play at this level before he is unquestionably the greatest the game has ever seen. What he was able to do in the playoffs on a high ankle sprain will become the stuff of legend in years to come."

Checking in at No. 2 on this year's list was defensive lineman Chris Jones, whose 15.5 sacks in 2022 matched a single-season career-best. Jones also notched the fifth-most pressures (77) during the regular season of any player, but he managed to bring his game to an even higher level in the playoffs, recording a league-best 20 pressures across three games.

Here's what Monson wrote about Jones:

"PFF's Defensive Player of the Year only added to his spectacular season in the playoffs, where he added 20 total pressures to his tally and took over the game late in the AFC Championship to down the Bengals and their patchwork offensive line."

Back on offense, Mahomes' favorite target all season long was tight end Travis Kelce, who set a single-season best with 110 receptions in 2022. Kelce finished the regular season with the second-most touchdown catches (12) and the eighth-most receiving yards (1,338) of any player before leading the league in catches (27), receiving yards (257) and receiving touchdowns (4) during the postseason.

Here's more on Kelce from Monson:

"Just stop Kelce, and you can stop the Chiefs' offense. That was the plan for pretty much every team all season long and yet, Kelce caught 137 passes for almost 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns, including the postseason, gaining 2.3 yards per route run while remaining virtually impossible to slow down."

Mahomes and Kelce were integral components of the league's No. 1 scoring offense in 2022, but PFF didn't forget about the man up front who touched the ball on every single offensive play. That was center Creed Humphrey, who landed at No. 21 as the second-best center in the NFL. Only Eagles' center Jason Kelce, who checked in at No. 17, was ranked higher.

Here's what Monson wrote about Humphrey:

"Humphrey was one of the league's few centers who was capable of physically matching up with behemoth nose tackles, such as D.J. Reader, who had been terrorizing undersized players at the position all season. Humphrey was a dominant run and pass blocker all season, allowing 18 pressures in 17 games."

Humphrey was one of two second-year players to represent the Chiefs on the list, as linebacker Nick Bolton – whose 180 total tackles ranked second among all players – landed at No. 88. Bolton was a consistent force for the Chiefs all year long, but it was his performance in the Super Bowl – which included a 36-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown – that completed a season to remember.

Monson echoed that sentiment in his analysis:

"We saw in the Super Bowl, on the biggest stage, just what Bolton is capable of, and the Chiefs linebacker ended his year with impressive grades in all areas. He finished with 61 total pressures including the playoffs and allowed just one touchdown in coverage."

The next member of the Chiefs to appear on the list was offensive guard Joe Thuney, whose 89.6 "pass-blocking grade" led all guards in 2022, according to PFF. The veteran guard surrendered just one sack all year long on 675 pass-blocking snaps.

Here's more from Monson:

"Thuney finished the 2022 season with the best PFF pass-blocking grade among guards. He allowed just 20 total pressures in 18 games for the Chiefs and didn't have a single performance all year with a below-average PFF pass-blocking grade."

Lastly, the Chiefs' final member of the list – cornerback L'Jarius Sneed – landed at No. 99 after tallying 11 passes defensed and three interceptions in 2022.

Here's what Monson wrote about Sneed:

"Sneed played both in the slot and out wide for the Chiefs this season and was the team's best cornerback. He allowed 9.3 yards per reception and made a massive 44 defensive stops including the playoffs, the most of any cornerback in the league."

All seven of the Chiefs' representatives played a significant role in Kansas City's run to a world championship, and as the Chiefs prepare to defend their title, it's worth noting that each of the players listed is under contract for 2023.