For those who have NFL Network (and/or are following this at NFL.com), you know that of their now annual top 100 list of current players (determined by a vote of the current players in the league) has now named players 61-100 with nary a mention of a Cardinal. That’s changing this week.
This week’s group of 10 will include a Cardinal (the show will air for the first time Wednesday at 5 p.m. Arizona time, 8 p.m. in the East.) Who it is I don’t know yet. I do know it is a player from the defense, although I would have bet my life savings it wouldn’t have been Larry Fitzgerald anyway — too low. (Fitz was 14th last year.) I know the Card wasn’t on the inaugural top 100 list last year, which would rule out safety Adrian Wilson (who was No. 89 last year.)
That would seem to leave three legitimate candidates. Darnell Dockett is one, but since he didn’t even make the list last year when he had been more statistically productive, I’m not sure he’s jumping in the top 60. To me, defensive end Calais Campbell makes the most sense, with his impact both on defense and special teams and his arrow pointing up — but I’m not sure how much overall respect Campbell is getting yet around the league with his peers.
That leaves Patrick Peterson, and I can see it. He grabbed headlines — spectacularly — with his four punt returns for touchdowns last year, will get better as a cornerback and still made a few plays. Other players seem to like guys with the right pedigree, and Peterson qualifies there. He’s already high-profile.
We’ll see Wednesday afternoon.
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