"We can arm wrestle if you don't agree with me."
That's what free agent defensive tackle Mike Daniels said regarding the positioning of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the NFL Top 100 list, an annual ranking from NFL Network based on the votes of the players themselves. But it looks like Daniels, who thought Mahomes should be the top quarterback without question, is going to have a whole lot of people to arm wrestle with after the Super Bowl LIV MVP shockingly ranked No. 4 on the list.
Daniels wasn't alone, as Ezekiel Elliott, Stephon Gilmore (No. 9 on the list) and several other stars responded that they thought Patrick Mahomes was the best quarterback in the league. However, he lost out on the MVP award to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and evidently ended up behind Jackson (No. 1) on the list of the top 100 players. The two other players who ranked higher than Mahomes this year were Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 2) and Los Angeles defensive tackle Aaron Donald (No. 3).
After signing to a 10-year contract worth up to $503 million, it's probably fair to say that the Chiefs view him as the best player in the NFL, explaining that shrug emoji. Who can blame them? Mahomes led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory in just his second season as a full-time starter. In his first season as a starter, he took home the MVP award while becoming the second player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in a season. His ranking after that campaign? No. 4 as well.
How did Mahomes react?
Several members of the NFL Twittersphere were shocked to find out Mahomes was snubbed from the top spot, and even a top-three spot, for the second year in a row.