The back-to-back AFC Champion Chiefs have a lot of new and returning talent that could make a run at the 2022 Pro Bowl.
The Chiefs have been well represented in the Pro Bowl throughout the past decade and now have had the most selections in the Pro Bowl for the second year in a row. Of course, they did. They have one of the most popular teams with some of the best players in their history on their roster, they should have their great players make the Pro Bowl. With how limited last year’s Pro Bowl was, they should go back to the regular format with reserves and alternates making the teams.
The Chiefs led all AFC Teams last season with 7 selections and six of those Pro Bowlers are still on the roster. Patrick Mahomes, Chris Jones, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Tyrann Mathieu are all perennial Pro Bowlers. But there are plenty of other Chiefs players who should be considered in the running for the Pro Bowl in 2022. Here are the four players who could be first-time Pro Bowlers for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- L’Jarius Sneed – CB
L’Jarius Sneed had a great rookie campaign with the Chiefs, having an interception in his first two games of his NFL career and taking on more responsibility in the secondary a the season went on. He was able to make great plays throughout the season and postseason, whether he was blitzing, in run support, and in pass coverage. He probably would have finished the season as the best corner on the Chiefs in 2020, if he didn’t fracture his collarbone in Week 3 against the Ravens.
Sneed proved that he wants to make plays and has continually done so in his first year, in all three facets of defense. With his size and explosiveness, Coach Spagnuolo was able to turn that all the way up in the playoffs. He had a sack in the first two playoff games of his career and was great at working his side of the field throughout the playoffs. He can really play anywhere in the defensive backfield and was instrumental to making their defense so good in their super Bowl run, especially against the Bills in the AFC Championship game.
Sneed should be CB1 for the Chiefs as we head towards the 2021 season with the loss of Brashaud Breeland unless DeAndre Baker or Charvarius Ward can take that spot from him in camp. Sneed also will move around a lot in Spagscheme, he’ll sometimes be at the corner on a wide receiver or sometimes be in the slot as a nickel back and blitz off the edge. If he can stay healthy and make the Chiefs defense a top 10 unit, he really should be in contention to become the next defensive Pro Bowler for the Chiefs.
2. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
CEH started the season off with a bang by absolutely destroying the Houston Texans’ defense with 150 total yards in the season opener last season. He steadily gained yards in the first half of the season and then he got hurt in New Orleans and wasn’t healthy until the AFC Championship Game. His production also dwindled due to the deteriorating health of the Chief’s offensive line in 2020. Clyde Edwards-Helaire should have a bigger role in the 2021 Chiefs with the loss of Sammy Watkins and the additions along the offensive line. Clyde Edwards-Helaire should have a very strong sophomore campaign in Kansas City behind all of the new talent up front.
CEH will have a gauntlet to make the cut of AFC running backs with Derrick Henry, Josh Jacobs, Nick Chubb, and Jonathon Taylor are all coming off of great seasons. Clyde Ewards-Helaire will have to have a great statistical season to make the cut, but that being said, he has all of the talents to make it. He was able to showcase his talents throughout the season, catching swing passes, running tough, and being shifty in the running game.
The best part of being a Kansas City Chief running back is that you are coached by Andy Reid. Coach Reid has always used running backs in the passing and screen games and Edwards-Helaire should have plenty of all-purpose yards in the system this season. Coach Reid has made Pro Bowlers out of Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles, and Kareem Hunt. As long as Clyde “the Glyde” and the offensive line are healthy, he should definitely be in the running to get his first Pro Bowl.
3. Joe Thuney
Joe Thuney hasn’t made the Pro Bowl yet?
Yes, as shocking as it may sound when you hear about his reputation, Joe Thuney has not been selected to the Pro Bowl in his five-year career. Thuney was essential to the Patriots’ offensive line that won two Super Bowls with Tom Brady, he made second-team All-Pro in 2019, but not a Pro Bowl appearance yet.
In free agency he was seen as the best guard on the market, many other teams clamored to get him off of the market, and the Chiefs were the team he chose. Thuney was the first of several new additions along the offensive line this offseason for Kansas City. The Chiefs signed him to a five-year contract to help him keep Patrick Mahomes protected after the disaster of Super Bowl LV. Signing Thuney was seen as one of not, the best move the Chiefs pulled this offseason to improve the protection for their franchise quarterback.
It really isn’t much of a stretch for him to be on this list just solely based on how high profile his signing was and as long as he can keep Patrick Mahomes upright, the fans will for sure vote him into the Pro Bowl. Thuney, Orlando Brown, and Kyle Long are all names to expect to be in the running for the Pro Bowl after this season is over just because they will be on the most popular team in the AFC, and they should have one of the best offensive line units in the NFL. They will be blocking for Mahomes and run blocking for Clyde Edwards-Helaire and they should help him make the Pro Bowl as well.
Thuney and the next person on this list are a part of this same unit and they both should be considered to be first-time Pro Bowlers.
4. Creed Humphrey
Offensive linemen are not the sexiest names to put on a potential Pro Bowl list, but Creed Humphrey seems to be one of the special prospects for the Chiefs. Humphrey was one of the highest-ranked centers in the 2021 NFL Draft and was one of the many additions along the offensive line in Kansas City. Humphrey blocked for Jalen Hurts and Kylar Murray while on the Sooners and won back-to-back Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year Trophies. He is an incredible prospect for the Chiefs to help protect Patrick Mahomes for the foreseeable future.
The reason he’s on this list is that he seems to already be practicing with the first team on offense and if he can keep Mahomes’ jersey clean, he could be the first rookie center to make the Pro Bowl since Maurkice Pouncey in 2010. Humphrey will have tough competition with other great centers like Ryan Kelly, J.C Tretter, and Ben Jones who all are competing for spots on the Pro Bowl. If Humphrey is starting and is making an impact, he should be one of the few centers getting a Pro Bowl selection for the AFC, especially on a fan-favorite team like the Kansas City Chiefs.
All of these players have the potential to make the Pro Bowl, and after another great season of Chiefs football coming in 2021, expect more and more selections by the best team in the AFC.