The NFL Top 100 players of 2014, a series they debut at this time of the year, has continued its annual running. It’s been going strong since the 2010 season and shows no signs of slowing down.
Personally, I enjoy this list thoroughly because it’s voted on by the players themselves. It’s an honor to receive high praise from your colleagues, so you know the players enjoy this list as well.
The Chiefs are very familiar to the Top 100, as they’ve averaged four players per season since the series began. The first of five Chiefs to make the list at number 64 is none other than All-Pro linebacker, Derrick Johnson.
This is the third year in a row that DJ has made the list, and very deservedly so.
DJ is coming off a very successful 2013, one in which he earned himself another trip to the Pro-Bowl and lead the team in tackles (107). He accounted for 4.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and a game clinching fumble recovery against the Houston Texans. (stats via NFL.com)
He’s also become notorious for a vicious hit on running backs in the backfield, just like the picture above. If you notice, he’s good for one of those almost every game.
Johnson is the heart and soul of the Chiefs defense and has been for quite sometime. In case you haven’t see it, here’s a link to his KCChiefs.com “under the helmet”, a series in which they mic up a player during a game and follow it with an interview. It gives you tremendous insight to just how important DJ is to the Chiefs defense.
Number 56 has been one of the most consistent players on the roster since 2009. It’s hard to believe that he’s been in Kansas City for 10 season’s already as I can still remember being stoked when the Chiefs drafted him.
Pro Football Focus had DJ at number 72 on their top 101, so he’s actually rated higher according to the players.
You can check out his number 59 ranking from 2012 below.
Like I mentioned before, the narration in DJ’s top 100 video said that he was the first of five Chiefs to make the list in 2013. I’m guessing that Jamaal Charles makes the top 5, or, top 10 at the very least. Dontari Poe, Eric Berry, and Justin Houston should round out the final four and should all be within the top 50.
We’ll make sure to keep you posted when more Chiefs make the list.
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