NFL Network continued to reveal The Top 100 Players of 2021 on Sunday evening.
Tyreek Hill was the third Kansas City Chiefs player to appear on this year’s list, following Tyrann Mathieu (58) and Chris Jones (34). This is Hill’s fifth consecutive season making the list. He debuted at No. 36 in 2017, dropped to No. 40 in 2018, ascended to No. 19 in 2019 and was No. 22 last season. This year, Hill managed his highest ranking yet coming in at No. 15.
The 2020 NFL season, which is what this vote by NFL players is typically based on, was Hill’s best since 2018. He recorded 87 receptions for 1,276 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 22, 2021
Even though this is the highest placement on the list for Hill, it still feels too low, especially with Stefon Diggs (12) and DeAndre Hopkins (TBD) ranked ahead of him on the list. There are few players in the league as dynamic and well-rounded as Hill. If you play man coverage against him, he’ll run past the defender. If you give him too much cushion he’ll come out of his break before the defender can drive on him. If he gets the ball in his hands, he’ll make the first, second and sometimes third man miss. He’s proven to be an irreplaceable piece of the Chiefs’ offense over the past several seasons.
Hill should be prided knowing that his peers think highly of him, but the fact that they still think two receivers in the NFL are better means there is still room for improvement in 2021.