George Kittle, Fred Warner and Nick Bosa land in the NFL Top 100
With two players already on the NFL’s Top 100 list for 2022, the 49ers just had three more of their stars named to the exclusive group.
Here is a terribly true statement: good teams are made up of good players. And the more good players a team has, the more likely they are to make the annual NFL Top 100 Players list.
The San Francisco 49ers are a good team with a lot of good players. So it won’t be too shocking to see the Niners already boast a number of top talent in the NFL Top 100 for 2022.
San Francisco already had two of its stars named between numbers 100 and 51, fullback Kyle Juszczyk at No. 100 and safety Jimmie Ward at No. 96, both of which were revealed on August 14 during the countdown to the NFL network.
And with the league revealing the next class of top 100 players, our 50-21 as voted by the players themselves, the 49ers saw three additional names appear on this impressive group: linebacker Fred Warner, defensive end Nick Bosa and the tight end. George Kittle.
49ers return Fred Warner to NFL Top 100
Warner, the 2020 first-team All-Pro, dropped his appearance on the 2021 Top 100 list a bit, dropping from No. 21 to No. 47.
But seriously. It’s not a huge levity. Especially with his third appearance in a row.
The Niners’ battered defense in 2020 might have led Warner to do far more than he would otherwise have been asked to, and his follow-up campaign in 2021 was nonetheless outstanding as he recorded a team-best 137 tackles. , on one of the best defenses in the NFL that season.
San Francisco has one of the best linebackers in the league, and 49ers fans wouldn’t hesitate to claim Warner as the best, hands down.
Should the NFL Top 100 have ranked Nick Bosa higher?
Bosa, who had the NFL’s best 15.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss last season, was certainly a snub for an All-Pro selection, and he arguably should have won the player award. back from the year 2021 after suffering a torn ACL in 2020.
This injury thwarted his attempt to land in the top 100 of 2021, but Bosa is back at No. 25:
Some might say that’s a bit of a snub too. After all, All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams (who has yet to be named to the top 100) recently called Bosa the best outside passing thrower in the league right now.
Either way, Bosa being among the NFL’s top 25 players entering 2022 is still an accolade.
He will be back on the list and probably ranked even higher very soon.
George Kittle makes for 5 players the 49ers have in the NFL Top 100 so far
Statistically, Kittle might have had a slack season in 2021, with 910 yards and six touchdowns, leaving fans wondering if he’ll ever return to threaten the single-season record for receiving yards at his position as he does. did in 2018 with 1,377.
Granted, the Niners’ offense is much better rounded now than it was in 2018, which means Kittle has to do a “capture split,” so to speak.
Still, the three-time Pro Bowler earns his fourth straight spot on the NFL’s Top 100 list and comes in at No. 22, San Francisco’s best player to date with 20 more spots to go:
Although there are other tight ends ranked ahead of him, in particular Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kittle is still widely regarded as the best all-around tight end when factoring in receiving ability, blocking and many other elements that do not. always appear on the statistics sheet.
No reason to judge differently, and players are certainly feeling it after propelling Kittle to No. 22 from No. 50 a year ago.
The final 20 players in the 2022 NFL Top 100 will be revealed Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network.