2018: Patrick Mahomes (BEST)
Why He’s here: Where in the world did this guy come from? That was the question the NFL spent 2018 asking after watching Mahomes. After he spent his rookie season sitting behind Alex Smith, few knew what to expect out of the son of a former major league pitcher who flew a little under the radar in college at Texas Tech. But starting in Week 1, Mahomes was undoubtedly the most electric player in the league in 2018. His arm strength was incredible, his anticipation was beyond his years, and his moxie was unparalleled. In short, he took the league by storm, orchestrating a Kansas City offense that sizzled like a steak on the grill all season long. Even with over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdown passes, the numbers may not even do justice to how amazing Mahomes was on the field in 2018.
Team Success: The Chiefs won the AFC West and home-field advantage in the playoffs with their 12-4 record. However, Mahomes couldn’t save them in Kansas City’s first trip to the AFC Championship Game in a quarter century. Despite 295 yards passing and three touchdowns from Mahomes, culminating in a 24-point 4th quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots bested the Chiefs in overtime to reach the Super Bowl.
By the Numbers: Completed 383 of 580 passes (66%) for 5,097 yards with 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.