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Ranking A-Dub

Posted by Darren Urban on May 3, 2011 – 1:16 pm

He was a Pro Bowler despite an off-year while injured, and now, Adrian Wilson continues to garner props. He is somewhere in the current NFL Network’s list of 100 greatest current NFL players (we just won’t know exactly where until his group is revealed; at this point all we have seen is 91-100 and Wilson isn’t in there). I did find it interesting that 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is the one giving Wilson compliments. Those two go at it pretty hard when the Cards and Niners play, and I find it hard to believe A-Dub would be all that willing to return the favor if someone asked him about Davis.

Wilson was also ranked fourth in the NFL among the best safeties in the league in a current ESPN analysis/vote, behind Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed and Nick Collins.  From the story:

“Adrian Wilson of the Arizona Cardinals finished fourth, but he drew the widest range of votes among safeties in the top 10. ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton and Bill Williamson ranked Wilson No. 3, and NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert ranked Wilson No. 10.”

Knowing Wilson, he’ll nod his head at the good parts of these things and take parts of disrespect from others and use it for motivation.


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35 Responses to “Ranking A-Dub”

  1. By VictorL87 on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    He should be No.1 he is the best strong safety in the NFL.

  2. By Mike Ellingboe on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Looking foward to seeing what Horton can do with what appears to be as talented of a secondary as there is in the league. Davis managed to make all our defensive superstars look really bad, far more than any OC/opposing player I can ever recall.

  3. By Phoenixraven1 on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    24 is my favorite number!

  4. By BMH on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    a man with lots of talent…i hope Horton can bring him to another level! Congrats on the ranking #24

  5. By VoiceofReason on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    If Wilson can improve his coverage skills so that he can seal off a tight end (and he certainly has the athleticism to do it), he’d be at the top in the league.

    Something tells me that Horton has some blitz packages for him… :-)

  6. By Brandon on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Until he is more consistent at covering TE one on one, Ed and Troy deservedly rank higher than him. Hopefully he is healthy this whole year cause I can’t wait to see what DC Horton is gonna do with him.

  7. By Chris on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Adrian Wilson.. BEAST…

    That is all!…

  8. By concerned citizen on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    He looks like he’s going to eat what comes out of the backfield

  9. By Mack on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Why is rolle on that list?

  10. By Mack on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Darren- do you think L 11 and D 90 are the only other cards on that list

  11. By Darren Urban on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Mack —

    RE: Dockett/Fitz

    I would hope both qualify as two of the top current 100.

  12. By cahongisto on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Darren:

    Lockout fallout… Are you noticing anything as far as fallout from the lockout? Are Cardinals fans in Phoenix angry over this or do they not really pay attention since we ended last year on a low note not making the playoffs? And when the lockout is ended do you think which veteran QB we pursue will have the biggest impact on how many fans return to watch us or are they going to have to actually play and win before fans come back strong to the Cardinals fan base?

  13. By Marcus on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    no way this man should be ranked in the top 100. that is if you base it off the 2010 season. the thing that makes this confusing is the criteria for being ranked. it says “Top 100 Players of 2011″ yet reasons for mcnabb being on the list as well as others is CAREER work. but if its based off 2010 NO WAY a-dub should be ranked. matter of fact, NOBODY in that secondary should be ranked. our secondary was trash last season. remember the bucs game? remember the chargers game? remember the last drive against the vikings? and i know a-dub is good for his run support but uhh remember the monday night game against the 49ners? remember the bucs game… again? so no. love him but no.

    now larry fitzgerald who in my unbiased opinion is the best WR in the league should be ranked in the top 7. if the top 10 isnt flooded with QB’s, fitz’s should be up there. thats the only cardinals player that realistically should be on the list based off the 2010 season

  14. By Scott H on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Being a Cards fan for several decades, I’ve seen my share of top level players who never received the recognition they deserved because, well….because they played for the Cardinals. I think one of the great side-effects of the success the team has had recently is the exposure that has resulted in players like Wilson being recognized for what they are while STILL playing in a cardinals uniform. Very cool. Good for Adrian. If NOT for the playoff runs in 2008 & 2009 and a SB appearance, Wilson would be one of the greatest players most people have never heard of. And that would be a shame.

  15. By AndyStandsUp on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    A definite Ring of Honor prospective when he retires.
    Possible that Peterson could take his place, but unsure if he has the vicious tackling Adrian has.
    If any newcomers haven’t seen his YouTube video doing his one step jump; check it out. The guy has more hops than a 30 pack of beer.

  16. By LUKE on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    adub is not only one of the best safeties in the game but one of the most humble and professional men in the game . a true model football player.

  17. By Chuck 1 on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    ADub is a fine human being………….but Davis ate him alive.

  18. By steve on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    cardz ownzzzzzz

  19. By georgiebird on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    A-dub is a stand-up guy and has been a good Cardinal team player. A-dub also has the sack/interception stats that will probably get him in the HOF.
    However, A-dub has proven to be an easy mark for offensive coordinators because he’s not a smart football player and his cover skills are poor.
    I call them like I see them- in the same way my comments that Roy Green was a better WR than Larry. This isn’t to say that Larry isn’t great but Green was better-he was Jerry Rice good. I wonder where the ESPN guys would rank Green or if they ever heard of him. It’s funny because OCs would put 2-3 guys on Green every play. Roy Green relatively short career and wrong place at the wrong time.

  20. By D ryans on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Mr. Horton

    RE: Mr. Wilson

    Might as well blitz him, cause he can’t cover a tight end to save his ars. Sending QB’s to the locker room early for x-rays is more his thing.

  21. By Chuck 1 on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, Marcua.
    Saying that ADub shouldn’t be ranked in the Top 100 is heretical!!!
    ALL fans should support whatever is Cards!!!
    Does anyone note a tone of sarcasm here???

  22. By Eazy E on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    That’s called respect darren. Vernon Davis is a great player and a-wil is a great player. He should be one of the top safeties voted on. Top 5 for sure, they voted him 4, he’s right there with polamalu in SS and overall, top 4 or 5.

  23. By bluepitt on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    Marcus,
    The top 100 is voted on by the players so who they pick is who “They” pick.

    You say….
    “now larry fitzgerald who in my unbiased opinion is the best WR in the league should be ranked in the top 7. if the top 10 isnt flooded with QB’s, fitz’s should be up there. that’s the only cardinals player that realistically should be on the list based off the 2010 season”

    Unbiast? hahahahaha Larry had one of his poorest seasons. he had the most drops in his career, you have to go back to 06-07 when he missed 3 games and was hurt, to compare his 2010-11 stats. Are you kidding me? look up his stats in the last 2 years he has dropped off sharply. Look it up! Unbiast!!!!!! hahahaha

    BTW look up Andre Johnson’s last 3 years, just keep on going up… I think Larry is at best, and this is reaching, top 5. Not even close to #1 these last couple of years. And going by the # top 10….. It is what it is! Larry is a great WR, But look at the last year with Warner his #’s are not top 10!!!!
    Heck Q killed Larry in every stat last year but Recp’s and Yards. And he has 4 other studs to contend with in Balt! Give Me A BREAK!
    Larry just has breaston to contend with here in AZ, Put TJ Housh, Derric Mason & Todd Heap on the Cards roster and see what Larry has at the end of the year. Like I said TOP 10 at best.. A-Dub is a baller year in and year out and the players top 10 is based on who they dont want to face!

  24. By bluepitt on May 3, 2011 | Reply

    oops I meant top 15 not top 5 and top 19 not 10 my key bord got wet, ill get a new one 2morrow. sorry Darren.

  25. By SteveDCO on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    In looking at our defense in 2011 it hard to think they would be as bad as last year.

    Cambell, Williams, Dockett along the line are very good.

    Schofield, Washington, Lenon, Davis project fair to poor. The hope here is a FA or rookie is able to step in and add to this group.

    Peterson, DRC, Rhodes and Wilson project to be one of the best DBs in the NFL. They have to show up and preform but with a DB as new DCord it is safe to assume thus group will see big improvements.

    I also wonder with a renewed commitment to the running game and a real QB under center if you will see a more focused defense. Add in a group of coaches who should all be on the same page, unlike last year and a healthy Wilson and a see a much improved defense in 2011.

  26. By Staff Sergeant Tim Roberts on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    Why shouldn’t A-Dub be in the Top 100? He hits like a brick when thrown and is quick. It says something about a player when another teams Tight End is impressed with his abilities. Some people worry over a bad years stats and say he’s not that good, but I see him as being (arguablly) one of the best to play. C’mon folks, just let him play his game and stop worrying about last year. Those years have been around for us for a LONG time and now we can take some pride in knowing we’re starting to go down the right path

  27. By jocards on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    He was playing injured last season and it showed….he was at times awful but he still made the Pro Bowl which should tell you something about the Pro Bowl. Don’t get me wrong Wilson is a player and when he is right he can play with anybody….Last season he was not right and he had a bad season in my view. I expect him to bounce back in a big way.

  28. By DRC #1 FAN on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    I bought an ADUB jersey this year. I dont blame Wilson for how long our D ws on the field. Olson sure showed Wilson up but he made plays still… all year. I think he was just worried about other posotions to much which he should of been since they were lacking. now that the team has had time to gel we will see big results. Lenon and Washington are great ILB’s and Schoefield/porter will be a great combo. now we just need someone to help Haggans on his side and maybe another brute to push the middle… maybe Watson/ Willliams take over this year.

  29. By Adam on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren-

    Did Patrick Peterson receive a playbook on Friday?

  30. By CZarr on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Have you read the article about McNabb attending one of Fitz’s practices? Were you the one member of the media they let in?

    I’m assuming we shouldn’t read into this too much considering the guy lives here and is probably just happy to be playing football…?

  31. By Darren Urban on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    Adam —

    RE: PP playbook

    I don’t know.

  32. By Darren Urban on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    CZarr —

    RE: Fitz practices

    To begin with, I cannot have contact with NFL players right now.

    Second, following that logic, the Cards also are going to get Heap, Suggs, and Flacco too.

    No, you shouldn’t read anything into it. McNabb isn’t coming here. I believe I have mentioned that before.

  33. By CZarr on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    Just making sure. I didn’t process the fact that you can’t talk to players…

  34. By bluepitt on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    Our D sucked fore one reason and one reason alone, Time of possesion!!!!! They were Gassed, finished by half time. Just look at the time they were on the field, by season’s end they spent 2 full seasons out there, time wise. No help from the O, just look at the Games when our O played better and sustained drives, our D was lights out! Think about it, When frustration sets in fatigue and doubt you are bound to loose, heck all that happened by the half in most games last year…The key is QB and Whiz’s commitment to run 40 to 50% of the time.

  35. By lets talk cardinals on May 9, 2011 | Reply

    @bluepit

    Yes, people tend to forget our Offense had 3 & outs on mostly every possesion. Our defense won us the game against the Saints(who I hate with a passion), with that being said, if we get a QB that can get us constent 1st downs our Defense will surely win us games(was I the only onw watching us take INT to our Endzone?)

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