Travis Kelce and Justin Jefferson have got the votes from all 50 voters for Associated Press’ NFL All-Pro team. The Kansas City tight end and the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver were the only first-team selections to have been voted unanimously.
They got one vote more than the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones from the Kansas Chiefs and Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers, who received 49 of the possible 50 All-Pro votes.
Kelce Again Sets the Standard for Tight Ends
The perfect voting score the two players got is not surprising. Jefferson notched 128 catches for 1,809 yards in the regular season. He also had nine touchdowns. Kelce, on the other hand, had 110 catches for 1,338 yards and scored a career-high 12 touchdowns.
The 50 votes Kelce collected again make him the target for aspiring tight ends, and the standard against which their performances will be judged. However, he should also thank his Kansas City Chiefs teammates, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes, in particular. The Chiefs have been impressive this season and had the best record in the AFC, 14-3.
Kansas City Chiefs Have Four All-Pro First-Team Picks
That fact didn’t escape AP’s NFL All-Pro voters. Four Kansas City players were selected for the All-Pro first team. In addition to Kelce and Mahomes, linebacker Fred Warner and safety Talanoa Hufanga were also picked for the first team.
Despite having a season to forget, with three picks in the first team, the Las Vegas Raiders were also represented well. Wide receiver Davante Adams, running back Josh Jacobs, and placekicker Daniel Carson all made it to the first All-Pro team.
In contrast, even though the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals made it to the divisional round of the playoffs, they had only one All-pro selection between them – linebacker Matt Milano from the Cincinnati Bengals.
Patrick Mahomes Is Likely the MVP This Season
AP’s NFL All-Pro votes are always a good indicator of who the next MVP will be. That’s because the voters for the All-Pro team are the same as those who pick the MVP.
So, Patrick Mahomes being the quarterback with the most votes indicates that he will likely be this season’s MVP, meaning the Chiefs star can already start planning the acceptance speech for his second MVP award.
Another thing going for Mahomes is that he was hands-down the best quarterback in the NFL this season. He had a league-best 5,250 pass yards and 41 passing touchdowns. He also posted four rushing touchdowns, a career-high. Jalen Hurts from the Philadelphia Eagles got the other All-Pro quarterback vote.