NFL Network has continued with their “Top 100 Players” series in 2017. The Chiefs continually make their presence known on the list. This year, two Chiefs shot up the list into the thirties. After a season of big plays, Tyreek Hill appeared on the list at 36. Marcus Peters also made the list, building on his strong rookie campaign with six picks in 2016. Both players were important to the Chiefs in 2016, but are the rankings correct?
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Hill Is Good, But Needs More Time Before Top 100
There is no debate about Hill’s playmaking ability. He can make so much happen when he gets into the open field. He thrives as a return man, and will continue to stay in that role with his current success. While his main contribution to the offense is on the perimeter, Hill also spends time in the backfield when called upon. His versatility is something you don’t always see in the NFL.
But, even with the explosiveness, Tyreek Hill is a bit overhyped when it comes to the Top 100. The fact that he ranked higher than guys like Dez Bryant, TY Hilton, Amari Cooper and Larry Fitzgerald shows that this ranking skews towards popularity and name recognition. The names above continue to prove that they are great players at wideout. Tyreek Hill, however, needs to refine his game as a receiver to be included on the list.
The current stance on Hill can change. He has the speed to be a serious vertical threat, but seeing it for a full season is imperative. With no Jeremy Maclin around, Hill can now step in and be the number one guy. He has plenty to prove this season.
Where he should be: Outside Top 100.
Marcus Peters Is Consistent, But Is He Among The Elite?
The Marcus Peters ranking isn’t as shocking, but there is some controversy that comes along with it. Peters is definitely a top 10 corner, but is he top five? That depends. Guys like Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, Aqib Talib, Josh Norman, and Chris Harris have proved themselves with consistency and longevity. Desmond Trufant is another name to watch in the group. Marcus Peters deserves to be mentioned here, but he is ahead of Chris Harris by 31 spots. Harris is a dominant force for Denver, and the ranking disrespects his ability. Why is Peters so high?
The answer lies with one stat, and that stat is interceptions. There is no doubt about Peters’ ballhawking ability, and 14 picks in two seasons shows that. But, that can also overvalue a player. Peters is good, but interceptions can’t tell the whole story. Some interceptions result from bad throws, and there are some picks that fell right into his lap.
Peters deserves a top 50 spot, but he needs more consistency to be considered a top five corner in the NFL. But, he is certainly on the fast track to stardom.
Where he should be: Around 10-15 spots lower.
— Jake Schyvinck is a Managing Editor for cover32 and covers the Kansas City Chiefs. You can follow him on Twitter here.