Offensive linemen don’t get any love, do they? Mitchell Schwartz, the right tackle of the KC Chiefs, is recent proof of this, as he was left off of the NFL Top 100.
Before Mitchell Schwartz signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, the offensive line was a mess, and with pass rushers like Von Miller and (at the time) Khalil Mack in the division, it was important for the time to find a reliable option at right tackle, which they did with Schwartz.
Prior to coming to Kansas City, Schwartz was a second round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2012 and spent the first four years of his career there. Something remarkable about Schwartz’s career is that he has yet to miss a start during his nine-year NFL career. He’s played in every single game.
Even with his top notch resumé, Mitchell Schwartz was not one of the several KC Chiefs included on the NFL Top 100.
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How is this even possible?
Schwartz is one of the best right tackles in the entire league, hasn’t missed a start during the course of his career, was named All-Pro in 2018 and should have been named All-Pro again last year, and he was the right tackle for the freaking Super Bowl champions!
Geoff Schwartz, who is Mitchell’s older brother and spent the 2013 season in Kansas City along their offensive line, confirmed that no one in the league takes these rankings seriously. This could be a reason for Schwartz not being included, but honestly one of the biggest reasons is that offensive linemen aren’t flashy enough.
The highest ranked offensive lineman on the list is Quenton Nelson of the Colts and he was ranked 29th. There were seven other offensive linemen included, but Schwartz was not one of them, which is unfair. He absolutely should have been included.
It’s also a very real possibility that because six Chiefs were already included on the list, no more were really must-haves. Patrick Mahomes (fourth), Travis Kelce (18th), Tyreek Hill (22nd), Tyrann Mathieu (39th), Chris Jones (52nd), and Frank Clark (95th) were the six Chiefs who did make the list and yes, all six were deserving, but Schwartz should have been there too.
Schwartz is the only guy who has been able to limit Von Miller and did so when Miller was still very much in his prime. He also has to hold his own against that deadly pass rushing duo of the Chargers and is always able to keep Mahomes on his feet.
Well, we should have known the list was stupid when Patrick Mahomes wasn’t the highest ranked player, so is it really that surprising that they left off one of the best right tackles in the game? Maybe not so much.