While the NFL Network continues to count down it’s top 100 current players in the NFL based on interviews with players — no Cards on the list from 61-100, which is all that has been unveiled at this point — CBSsports.com’s Pete Prisco put out his own annual top 100 list today, which has four Cards on it. It just so happens to be the last four Cards to receive significant contract extensions, so at least one person agrees with the organization’s line of thinking.
Prisco bases his list in part on talks with scouts but a lot of his findings are based on his own eyes and what he has seen on tape after covering the NFL for many, many years. His rankings and notes on the Cards on his list:
— No. 9 WR Larry Fitzgerald “He once again put up big numbers, despite little help on the other side and so-so quarterback play.” Fitz was ranked 18th by Prisco last year.
— No. 58 DE Calais Campbell “The Cardinals rewarded him with a big contract last week for a reason. He was their best defensive player last season.” Campbell wasn’t ranked last season.
— No. 70 S Adrian Wilson “He’s been one of my favorites for a long time and bounced back from a subpar 2010 season to play at his usual high level. The amazing thing is he did it with a torn biceps tendon. Wow.” Ranked 44th last season.
— No. 92 DE Darnell Dockett “He wasn’t as good as Campbell last season, but he’s still one of the better down lineman in the league. Dockett plays with a nasty streak.” Ranked 73rd last season.
Of course, these are all just opinion. But that’s what we all do this time of year when it comes to the NFL.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Larry Fitzgerald, Pete Prisco
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