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The Hall of Fame inducts 12 current players, including Matthew Stafford and Tyreek Hill

Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce, the two mainstays of the current Kansas City Chiefs dynasty, will undoubtedly be immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when their careers are over. Several other current NFL players are also shoo-ins, but what about the dozens of current players whose future candidacy for the Hall of Fame isn’t so certain?

To find that answer, my CBS Sports NFL colleagues Tyler Sullivan, Jared Dubin, Garrett Podell, Jeff Kerr, Cody Benjamin, Jordan Dajani, Shanna McCarriston and Kyle Stackpole helped me call twelve current players who have compelling cases , but they are not. t currently considered Hall of Fame locks. To be eligible, a player must be currently on a roster and have played at least eight seasons.

Now that all the votes have been tallied, here’s a look at each player and whether we think their career is currently good enough for induction into Canton, Ohio. I kept track of how many votes each player received, out of a total of nine. A player had to receive a majority of votes (five is the minimum) to receive the title of future Hall of Famer.

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Hall of Fame? Yes

Adams’ six Pro Bowls and three All-Pros give him a good chance for future induction. It also helps to lead the NFL in touchdown grabs multiple times.

Adams’ career numbers, while extremely good, may not be enough. He currently ranks 29th all-time in receptions (872) and 44th in receiving yards (10,781). However, he is 12th all-time in career touchdown receptions and is five touchdown catches shy of the 100 mark.

Adams’ career numbers may have been somewhat lacking, but he nonetheless received more than enough votes to be considered a future Hall of Fame player.

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Hall of fame? No

Allen has put together an impressive career with six Pro Bowl nods since 2017. But zero All-Pro nods and good but not great career numbers (he’s 26th all-time in career receptions, 47th in receiving yards and 99th in touchdown- catches) would likely This would result in Allen being left out of Canton if his career were to end today.

What Allen does in Chicago will likely determine his future fate in the Hall of Fame.

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Hall of Fame? Yes

Like Allen, Evans’ career does not include an All-Pro nod. However, Evans has the distinction of being the first player in NFL history to start his career with 10 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, a feat that should significantly help his future Hall of Fame case.

Evans is also one of only four players in NFL history to have at least 750 catches, 10,000 receiving yards and 90 touchdown catches in his first 10 seasons (Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Randy Moss are the other three) and has a Super Bowl ring to boot.

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Hall of Fame? Yes

King Henry’s stats still leave something to be desired (he enters the 2024 season with fewer than 500 career rushing yards of 10,000), but his single-season performance likely more than makes up for it.

Henry is a two-time rushing champion who has also led the NFL in touchdown runs multiple times. He is also just one of eight players in league history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. In 2018, Henry tied Tony Dorsett’s long-standing record for the longest run in NFL history, a 99-yard jaunt against the Jaguars in prime time that, in retrospect, seemed to jump-start his career.

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Hall of Fame? No

It’s a shame that the league didn’t recognize Heyward as a defensive tackle earlier in his career. Heyward was listed as a defensive end for his first seven seasons and didn’t receive his first All-Pro and Pro Bowl nod until 2017, a year before he was officially designated as a defensive tackle.

Since then, Heyward has added five more Pro Bowl and two more All-Pro selections to his accolades. He has been named All-Pro at both DE and DT, a fact that should help his future HOF case.

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Hall of Fame? Yes

At this point, Hill has done everything he can to guarantee a future spot in Canton. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first eight seasons (he was an All-Pro returner as a rookie), has five All-Pro nods to his name, and also leads the NFL in touchdown receptions and touchdown catches (both of which came in 2023).

Hill was also on the receiving end of the momentum-changing play in Super Bowl LIV that paved the way for the Chiefs’ first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. It was part of a nine-catch, 105-yard performance on pro football’s biggest stage.

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Hall of Fame? No

Hopkins would likely be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame if not for injuries and a suspension during the 2021 and ’22 seasons. Right now, Hopkins’ career stats look a lot like those of former Steelers great Hines Ward, who is still waiting for his call to Canton.

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Hall of Fame? Yes

Compelling is the best word to describe Jordan’s Hall of Fame case. He is an eight-time Pro Bowler and has amassed a whopping 117.5 career sacks. Jordan is also a member of the 2010 All-Decade Team, an award that should further his cause.

Based on our voting results, it doesn’t appear that Jordan’s lone All-Pro selection will hurt his future chances in the Hall of Fame.

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Hall of Fame? No

Juszczyk has the bona fides as an eight-time Pro Bowler, earning his first All-Pro in 2023. But no fullback has ever made the Hall of Fame without putting up numbers, something Juszczyk doesn’t have.

Juszczyk’s career is similar to that of Matthew Slater, a recently retired 10-time Pro Bowl special teams standout. While it is acknowledged that both players may be the best at their position, neither is likely to sniff Canton unless Hall voters change their minds.

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Hall of Fame? No

Ramsey has a lot to offer as a seven-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro and Super Bowl champion. But 22 career picks would hurt his case significantly if his career ended today.

The only cornerback currently in the Hall of Fame who does not have 30 career interceptions is Darrelle Revis, who was inducted in his first year of eligibility. But Revis’ career included a Defensive Player of the Year award, something Ramsey currently doesn’t have.

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Hall of Fame? No

Stafford’s two Pro Bowl and zero All-Pro nods prevent him from being a Hall of Fame lock in the future. However, his Super Bowl win and his place in several career statistical rankings give him a compelling argument. He currently ranks 11th all-time in both career passing yards (56,047) and touchdown passes (357).

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Hall of fame? No

To vote: 2

An unsuccessful two-year stint with the Broncos has put the future of Wilson’s Hall of Fame in doubt. But unlike Stafford, Wilson has a slew of Pro Bowl nods (nine) to his name, along with one Super Bowl win and two trips to the big game.

Wilson could make himself a future Hall of Fame lock if he can find success in Pittsburgh.