3 Chiefs players earn PFF First-Team All-Pro selections

Charles Goldman
·4 min read

The folks over at Pro Football Focus have announced their 2020 NFL All-Pro Team to end the 2020 regular season. A total of four Kansas City Chiefs players have earned recognition from PFF’s Sam Monson, three as First-Team All-Pro selections and one as a Second-Team All-Pro selection.

Pitchforks will be out in Chiefs Kingdom because star QB Patrick Mahomes is the player earning the Second-Team All-Pro selection. He’s playing second fiddle to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who admittedly had a great season too. There are arguments for both players and you’ll be hearing those for the next few weeks leading up to the MVP award.

Here’s a look at the three Chiefs players who did make First-Team All-Pro for PFF:

TE Travis Kelce

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"Kelce finished the season just 119 receiving yards away from leading the entire league — regardless of position — despite being rested for the final game in a week in which Stefon Diggs racked up 145 yards to jump him for the lead. For a tight end to be in with a chance of leading the entire league in receiving yards is virtually unheard of, but it underlines how dominant Kelce was this season. He generated 2.5 yards for every route run this year and averaged 5.6 yards after the catch per reception."

Kelce did things that are unheard of at the tight end position this season and for that alone, he's deserving of All-Pro recognition. He finished No. 2 in the NFL in receiving yards to end the season despite missing the final game is incredible. The fact that the next closest tight end in terms of receiving yards (Darren Waller) was still 220 yards shy of Kelce's total despite playing in all 16 games is even crazier. Each year it just seems like he tacks on more record-breaking performances that leave us in awe of his greatness. This is likely a precursor to Kelce being selected to both AP and PFWA First-Team All-Pro Teams. I think I can also speak for everyone when I say that I can't wait to see what Kelce will be able accomplish in the playoffs.

Flex Tyreek Hill

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"There is simply no more dangerous weapon in the NFL than Tyreek Hill, particularly when paired with Patrick Mahomes, a quarterback able to hit him at any moment from virtually anywhere on the field. Hill trailed only Davante Adams in receiving touchdowns, added two more as a rusher and had 32 explosive receptions (15-plus yards). But none of that does justice to the effect he has on a defense every single snap because of what that threat changes in terms of coverages."

Hill was selected as a "flex" All-Pro. Think of it as the "flex" spot in fantasy football where you can use a receiver, tight end or running back. Still, this does feel a little bit like Hill getting selected to the Pro Bowl as a "return specialist." Hill's selection seems to be prefaced on his ability to score any way at any time. This year the speedy fifth-year receiver matched the Chiefs' franchise record for receiving touchdowns in a single-season with 15. Hill also added two rushing touchdowns on the year. He had a number of touchdowns called back this year on penalty too. Just imagine the type of recognition he'd be receiving if they weren't called back.

DT Chris Jones

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"This season the spot of 'best interior defensive lineman after Aaron Donald' goes to Chris Jones, who finished the season with the second-best PFF pass-rushing grade (93.1) of any rusher. Jones notched 60 total pressures for the season as well as a couple of forced fumbles, and at his best can wreak the kind of havoc that Donald does on the inside. The only thing separating the two players is the volume of pressure that Donald gets by comparison, and Donald has been more consistent against the run this year."

Jones hasn't quite seen his pressure production translate to the stat sheet this year, only recording 7.5 sacks on the season. He's still been one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the league, wrecking passing plays and running plays alike. He's nearly double-teamed on every snap because he's such a tough player to block 1-on-1. This type of thing won't be satisfying for Jones, though. Jones has always wanted to be recognized as the best at what he does and with Aaron Donald still being recognized as the top interior rusher in the league, it's clear he still has more work to do.

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Cleveland
+380+9.5O 57.5
Kansas City
-500-9.5U 57.5