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Chiefs’ rookie top rated NFL player in position up to 5 weeks

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The Kansas City Chiefs’ draft class has been mixed so far. General Manager Brett Veach had some big hits, but he also had a few failures.

Round five wide receiver Cornell Powell was sacked while the squad was down, and Joshua Kandoh played barely in the fourth round due to injury. Then you have the tight end of Noah Gray, currently buried on the depth map, and the second round linebacker, Nick Bolton, who has adapted over time.

The two absolute stallions were offensive linemen Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith. Both rookies have become reliable starters in just five weeks of their NFL careers, and not only that, one has just stolen the throne for the top-rated NFL player in his position according to Pro Football Focus.

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Make way, make way, there’s a new king of the NFL centers and his name is Creed Humphrey. At least for now, the Oklahoma rookie has taken the top spot in the eyes of PFF.

Veach completely nailed this pick in 63rd place of the second round. Humphrey currently has a rookie rating of 87.1! – which is not an easy task, believe me. If you dive deeper, the blocker has proven to be an absolute hacker in the running game in the first year, with 91.7 points in this regard (Second in the NFL). For those unfamiliar with the review site, these numbers are elite.

His pass blocking was more of a weakness, if you can call it that. Humphrey has a 69.0 protection rating with a sack that allows two quarterback pressures. He was also banned for two sentences. His record was pretty pristine on this side of the spectrum in September as well, which allows for it Zero pressure through its first three starts.

In case none of this is good enough for you, the center is currently that best rated rookie in PFF through the first five games – period. In a redesigned scenario, all of this would make Humphrey a clear first round talent that Kansas City snapped in the second half of the second round.

For an offensive line of the Chiefs, which underwent a massive overhaul in 2021, one could no longer wish for a stabilizing presence from the rookie next to the greedy free agent Joe Thuney.

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Kansas City has already faced some wild Pass Russians this season, including Joey Bosa, Myles Garrett, Javon Hargrave and rookie Gregory Rousseau. Outside of the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive tackle, however, these are all edge rushers.

That is not meant to belittle the work Humphrey has done so far, but he will face some challenging internal defensive linemen over the next several weeks. The Washington Football team has a D-Line stacked with former top tier talent, and Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne are the big names on their stomach. The couple have four bags together and Allen has identified three of them.

The Tennesse Titans are next on the schedule and while they are definitely not known for their defense, one of their best players on this side of the ball is Jeffery Simmons, who is slightly defensive tackle. The first round pick 2019 has so far had 1.5 bags a year.

Even the defense of the New York Giants (three weeks later) is strongest in the trenches. Austin Johnson has three sacks in 2021, but the household names are Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, and Danny Shelton. For Humphrey and Co., that’s a lot of beef in advance.

No matter who he is up against, the Oklahoma product should be viewed as a force in its own right with its current style of play. If he continues down this path, there is no telling how strong this draft could be for this government in the long term.

No matter who he is up against, the Oklahoma product should be viewed as a force in its own right with its current style of play. If he continues down this path, there is no telling how strong this draft could be for this government in the long term.



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