The NFL officially released its “Top 100” list as voted by the players. Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Chris Jones were all in the top 10, with Mahomes taking the No. 1 overall spot for the second time in his career.
There were, however, some notable Chiefs snubs from the list. Looking forward to next season, what players can fans expect to don the list in 2024?
Predicting Future Chiefs Players on the NFL Top 100
It’s safe to assume that Mahomes, Kelce, and Jones will all be back on next year’s list. Despite having three of the top 10 players overall, though, Kansas City did not have a player rank in spots 11-100.
If the Chiefs maintain their AFC dominance, I expect these players to break through accordingly.
Creed Humphrey, C
Perhaps the Chiefs’ biggest snub on the list, Creed Humphrey ranked as Pro Football Focus’ top center last year but was conspicuously left off the Top 100.
Humphrey is elite in all facets, allowing just one sack across more than 1,500 pass-blocking snaps in the last two seasons while providing excellent run-blocking prowess as well. Provided he stays healthy, I expect the players to rectify their mistake next season.
Joe Thuney, G
Paired with Humphrey and fellow guard Trey Smith, Thuney helps solidify perhaps the league’s best interior offensive line. He was a second-team All-Pro this season while also allowing just one sack and accumulating only two penalties.
Thuney has long been one of the league’s best guards. Perhaps his performance was overshadowed by Mahomes’ greatness, but he belongs on this list.
Nick Bolton, LB
Bolton’s omission was a head-scratcher. He ranked second in the NFL with 180 combined tackles and 108 solo ones last year while adding a pair of interceptions and sacks as well.
His biggest play of the season came in the Super Bowl though, when he returned a Jalen Hurts fumble for a touchdown to flip the script in the game. Bolton nearly had another touchdown and could’ve won Super Bowl MVP, but the referees overturned a Miles Sanders fumble.
In a year vying for a contract extension, I expect Bolton to dominate once again and make this list next season.
L’Jarius Sneed, DB
Sneed was a versatile playmaker for this defense, amassing 108 tackles alongside 11 pass deflections, and became just the seventh defensive back this millennium with at least three sacks, three interceptions, and three forced fumbles.
He’s the swiss-army knife for Steve Spagnuolo’s defense and makes his fellow defenders better, akin to a quarterback on that side of the ball.
Also entering a contract year, Sneed is in line for another huge year and a spot on the NFL Top 100.