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This ranking is great news for the Chiefs in 2018 and beyond

The Chiefs were the only NFL team to have two under-25 players to be first-team All-Pros last season in Tyreek Hill and Marcus Peters. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- In Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones and Marcus Peters, the Kansas City Chiefs have three excellent young players -- with young defined in this case as under 25.

That’s enough to put the Chiefs 10th in under-25 talent, according to this ESPN ranking.

It speaks well for the Chiefs and their chances to avoid a drop-off in 2018 and beyond. They’ll need the talent infusion in the coming years to replace players now toward the end of their Chiefs’ careers, including linebacker Derrick Johnson and quarterback Alex Smith.

As the post notes, the Chiefs were the only NFL team to have two under-25 players to be first-team All-Pros last season in Hill and Peters.

Imagine how bright the future would be if quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, 21, develops as the Chiefs hope he will. The under-25 ranking discounted Mahomes because he won’t be starting this season.

But if he plays well when he gets into the starting lineup, perhaps in 2018, he’ll be in the lineup with Travis Kelce in his prime and Hill early in his career. The Chiefs by then will have a new wave of defensive stars, Jones and Peters among them.

The Chiefs would be in good shape, indeed.