With two players already on the NFL Top 100 list for 2022, the 49ers just watched three more of their stars named to the exclusive group.
Here’s an awfully true statement: Good teams are made up of good players. And the more good players a team has, the more who’ll likely show up on the league’s yearly NFL Top 100 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 boasting a number of top talents on the NFL Top 100 for 2022.
San Francisco already had two of its standouts named between Nos. 100 and 51, fullback Kyle Juszczyk at No. 100 and safety Jimmie Ward at No. 96, both of whom were revealed back on Aug. 14 during the NFL Network countdown.
And with the league revealing the next class of top-100 players, Nos. 50 through 21 as voted upon by the players themselves, the 49ers saw three additional names appear on this impressive group: linebacker Fred Warner, defensive end Nick Bosa and tight end George Kittle.
49ers get Fred Warner back on NFL Top 100 list
Warner, the 2020 first-team All-Pro, dropped a little bit from appearing on the 2021 top-100 list, going from No. 21 down to No. 47.
But, seriously. That’s not a massive slight. Particularly with his third consecutive appearance.
The Niners’ banged-up defense in 2020 might have led Warner to do far more than he otherwise would have been asked to do, and his follow-up 2021 campaign was nevertheless exceptional as he recorded a team-best 137 tackles on one of the best defenses in the NFL that season.
San Francisco does have one of the best linebackers in the league, and 49ers fans would not hesitate to claim Warner as the best, hands down.
Should NFL Top 100 have ranked Nick Bosa higher?
Bosa, who enjoyed a career-best 15.5 sacks and NFL-best 21 tackles for a loss last season, was certainly a snub for an All-Pro selection, and he arguably should have won the 2021 Comeback Player of the Year award after suffering a torn ACL back in 2020.
That injury thwarted his attempt to land on the 2021 top-100 list, but Bosa is back at No. 25:
Some may argue this is a bit of a snub, too. After all, All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams (who has yet to be named on the top 100) recently referred to Bosa as the best outside pass-rusher in the league right now.
Either way, Bosa making it within the 25 best players in the NFL entering 2022 is still quite the accolade.
He’ll be back on the list and probably ranked even higher awfully soon.
George Kittle makes for 5 players 49ers have on NFL Top 100 so far
Statistically, Kittle might have had a down season in 2021, boasting 910 yards and six touchdowns, leaving fans wondering if he’ll ever get back to threatening the single-season record for receiving yards at his position as he did back in 2018 with 1,377.
Granted, the Niners offense is much better rounded now than it was back in 2018, meaning Kittle has to do some “catch sharing,” so to speak.
Still, the three-time Pro Bowler earns his fourth consecutive spot on the NFL Top 100 list and comes in at No. 22, the highest San Francisco player so far with 20 more spots to go:
While there will be other tight ends ranked ahead of him, particularly the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, Kittle is still widely viewed as the best all-around tight end when factoring in receiving ability, blocking and the many other elements that don’t always show up on the stat sheet.
No reason to judge any differently, and the players certainly feel that way after bumping Kittle up to No. 22 from No. 50 a year ago.
The final 20 players on the 2022 NFL Top 100 will be revealed on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network.