- Kansas City Chiefs
- Los Angeles Rams
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Green Bay Packers
The NFL 100 officially revealed their complete rankings on Sunday night ahead of the 2022 campaign. As per usual, the annual list was voted by the players and often spearheads controversy and discussion. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reclaimed the No. 1 overall ranking.
With the complete list now available, several players were underrated or overrated, particularly in the top half. We’ve swiftly identified five players that are ranked either too high or too low inside the top 50 of the NFL 100.
UNDERRATED: PATRICK MAHOMES (8), QB, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
I can’t believe I’m sitting here formulating an argument for Mahomes as a top-five player in the NFL. Perhaps we’re splitting hairs, but Mahomes feels underrated at No. 8 overall, especially after topping the list last season. Mahomes’ seven-spot drop is the largest decline among those who achieved a top-20 ranking in 2021.
The most talented quarterback in the league, Mahomes nearly became the third quarterback to surpass the 5,000-yard mark for the second time in his career (4,839). A career-high 13 interceptions likely contributed to Mahomes’ drop. Mahomes flashed the necessary improvement as the season progressed, however. Mahomes ended up leading Kansas City to its fourth straight AFC Championship appearance.
OVERRATED: BOBBY WAGNER (29), LB, LOS ANGELES RAMS
The 32-year-old Wagner began showing his advancing age. Monetary issues played a factor, but Wagner was released from his contract with the Seattle Seahawks earlier this offseason. Wagner was one of the last players remaining on the roster from Seattle’s 2013 Super Bowl victory.
Wagner welcomed a new era by signing a five-year, $50 million contract with the Seahawks’ arch-rival Los Angeles Rams. Wagner is now tasked with spearheading a new-look front seven in Los Angeles that will be heavily reliant on Aaron Donald. Wagner remains an above-average starting linebacker, but a No. 29 overall ranking feels more nostalgic than currently accurate.
UNDERRATED: TRISTIAN WIRFS (41), RT, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Wirfs continues to be a model of consistency for the Buccaneers’ offensive line. Wirfs has been featured on every single snap since entering the league in 2020. Last season, Wirfs proved his rookie campaign wasn’t a fluke, as the Mount Vernon, Iowa native appropriately built on the momentum he captured as a first-year blocker. A balanced offensive lineman, Wirfs earned an elite overall grade of 84.6 from Pro Football Focus en route to earning first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition in 2021.
A mixture of offseason injuries, trades, and free agency has forced the Buccaneers to completely revamp the interior of their offensive line. Wirfs’ steadying presence on the right side offers Brady and the Buccaneers some much-needed continuity.
UNDERRATED: JUSTIN HERBERT (40), QB, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Herbert carries the potential to significantly improve his ranking on next year’s NFL 100 list. The 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Herbert was electric in 2021, throwing for 5,014 yards and 38 touchdowns en route to earning his first of what should be several Pro Bowl appearances. Chargers general manager Tom Telesco enjoyed an aggressive offseason in the personnel department and Herbert appears primed to take another sizable step forward in year three.
The Chargers are entering a crucial 2022 campaign with legitimate postseason and Super Bowl aspirations. Herbert is an early MVP candidate. Herbert’s elite presence may allow the Chargers to achieve their lofty goals.
OVERRATED: DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL (49), LB, GREEN BAY PACKERS
Campbell exploded last season, recording career-highs in total tackles (146) while matching previous highs in sacks (2.0) and quarterback hits (six). Campbell was a revelation for the Packers as one of the better feel-good stories of the 2021 campaign. He was rewarded for his efforts with a five-year, $50 million contract extension.
We’re just not convinced Campbell deserved to debut in the top 50 after failing to make the NFL 100 list altogether last season. Campbell is ranked just two spots behind San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (No. 47), who’s been regarded as one of the league’s premier linebackers for several seasons now. We appreciate what Campbell accomplished, but this feels like a slight overreaction.