Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) escapes a tackle from Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Charles: Top 20 player in the NFL right now?

December 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs with the ball during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this month, I had written an article concerning Justin Houston and his appearance in the players list of the top 100 of 2012. The list has moved down from the last time I wrote and is now down to the final 20. Chiefs All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles hasn’t made the list yet leaving me to think that his peers have put him in the category of the top 20 players in the entire NFL.

When I look at the list, I view the players from 100 to about 75 as the second or third best players on their teams. Now this isn’t always true but it’s just the approach I take when viewing the list. A good example would be Steelers tight end Heath Miller. He made the list at number 97 and I think most of you would agree that he’s the third or even fourth best player on the Steelers roster right now. Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers was at number 75 and I would agree that he’s the Chiefs third or fourth best player right now. From 50 to 25 we’re talking about the best players on the teams. Point is, when the list gets into the top 25 players, were talking about the best of the best.

Like I mentioned earlier, the last episode ended with Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne at number 21. The next countdown should take us from numbers 20 though 10 and I believe that’s where Jamaal Charles will finally show up.

Charles is coming off a 1500 yard season which included two games of 200 plus yards and an average yards per carry of 5.3. The Chiefs didn’t have an offense last year except for Charles.

People, outside of the Chiefs fan base, seem to forget that this man was coming off an ACL surgery from the previous season. Had Vikings running back Adrian Peterson not come back and do what he did, (NFL MVP and 2.000 yards rushing) or quarterback Peyton Manning having a strong year, then Charles had a serious case for Comeback Player of the Year. Charles, much like Peterson, almost seemed to look stronger than before the knee injury and was truly dynamic last season.

Charles should definitely make this list and I believe he does deserve to be in the top 20 players in the NFL right now. I can’t predict exactly where Charles will land but him making the top 20 is certainly honorable. What say the rest of the KC Kingdom? Does Charles Deserve top 20 honors? Will he be snubbed?

P.S. You should go see “Man of Steel” which opened in theaters today. It was excellent and Clark Kent totally rocks a Royals t-shirt in one scene and a Kansas Jayhawks shirt in another. I hate KU but still pretty Awesome!

Tags: Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs NFL Top 100

  • Caleb Wylie

    He is the best all around RB in the NFL!

    • jayhwk01

      By the numbers Foster, Peterson, and Martin are all better (Rushing and Recv. combined numbers last year) but Charles is a top 5 back and after coming off a knee injury his stats are are shockingly great. Kid deserves a better franchise to play for because he is a special talent and seems like one of the good guys in the NFL. Would love to see him get a shot at a ring which will likely not happen in KC anytime soon.

      • steve james

        Really? Define anytime soon. I see us in the mix this year and even more so in the next 2-3. R&D know what they are doing.

        • Ben Nielsen

          Define: In the mix this year. For a playoff spot? Do you really see the Chiefs as a Super Bowl contender this year? How so?

          • steve james

            Playoff yes. Superbowl no, but you have to get in the playoffs first. Once you are in who knows what can happen.

        • jayhwk01

          If the Chefs make the playoffs it will be because P. Manning went down and the division is worse than last year which would be tough to do. Superbowl…out of the question. Playoffs….always possible but very improbable. I see the Chefs 8-8 and 9-7 and if you take your Chefs shades off and put down the koolaide just for a second that is a pretty big compliment because after a two win season that is a huge improvement. Personally if the Chefs don’t see another SB for the next 40+ years I will be a happy guy.

          • steve james

            Why would that make you happy? Bronco fan?

          • jayhwk01

            Never have been or ever will be a Broncos fan. I just really don’t like the Chefs. It is a passionate dislike to say the very very least.

          • steve james

            Your are a strange duck. Passionate dislike of the Chiefs & yet you come onto a Chiefs fan site & post multiple comments. I think you need an intervention. Lol

          • jayhwk01

            Well this is not a Chefs fan site. It is a KC sports site and am in the KC market. For me it is Royals and Jayhawks site. I don’t reply often on Chefs threads but every once in awhile I like to kick the goat of probably the most delusional fan base in all of football. Y’all rarely disappoint.

  • antony555

    We in KC know that Jamaal Charles is among the 5 best Running Backs in the NFL, now some of you may beg to differ but what he did last year was with most of the time on his talent alone coming back from major knee surgery and without the benefit of a Offensive line we had when Priest Holmes was killing em, The Chiefs have a long history of some of the best backs in the NFL and the trend continues with Jamaal.
    Now this coming season when he reaches 2,000 yards there will be no doubt outside the Afc West and the rest of the league who are glad they don’t play against this angle breaking, runaway, flash of Red and Gold speed, but maybe once every two to three years and are glad of it!