Campbell first Cardinal on NFLN top 100

Posted by Darren Urban on May 18, 2016 – 6:42 pm

It’s that time of year when the NFL Network has begun their countdown of the top 100 players of the league, based on voting from players (I’m not sure how many vote; that’s always been a little bit of a mystery.) The first Cardinal showed up Wednesday at No. 71, when Calais Campbell — listed by the Cardinals as a defensive tackle, listed in the video as a defensive end — was named. It was a nice jump for Campbell, who was No. 99 on the same list this time last year.

Campbell should be the first of a handful of Cardinals on the list, based on what the team did last season. Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald will repeat on the list, Tyrann Mathieu should be on there and it’s hard to think Carson Palmer wouldn’t make an appearance. Ten more players are unveiled every Wednesday.

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  1. By Daniel Thompson on May 18, 2016 | Reply


  2. By Hank on May 18, 2016 | Reply

    CP3, Fitz, Honey Badger, P2 and Chandler Jones (need nickname) at least.

  3. By Eric G on May 19, 2016 | Reply

    Congrats Calais,
    5 DEs taken ahead of him, only one of them made the pro-bowl, Chris Long, the #2 pick. Count DTs and you have 9 defensive linemen drafted before him, with Long still being the only other pro-bowler, however, even then all I’m seeing is that Long was a pro bowl alternate, not a true pro-bowler. Thus, Campbell is the only true pro-bowl defensive lineman taken in the 2008 draft.

    Source: Wikipedia (so it must be true).

  4. By faster on May 19, 2016 | Reply

    add chis johnson? and maybe freeney? both played a good season.

  5. By Scott H on May 19, 2016 | Reply

    Nice to see the big man on the list again and moving up. But I will never forgive the idiots who do this list for not even including him at all before last year. His not getting on the list until last year AND only then at #99 was like a double slap in the face. Just goes to show how “off” this process is. They often seem to be a year BEHIND where the player SHOULD be. Others make these quantum leaps in one direction or another after one great or horrible season. Whatever.

    Yes, there should be several more Cardinals players to come. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the Johnson’s make it. And after placing him at 68 last year, perhaps they will get Fitz back to where he should be.

    And, really, after the season that Luck had last year, how is he even on this list at all?? Is he a great player? Yes, until proven otherwise, he is. But if the list is based primarily on their performance the year before….Luck shouldn’t be there at all. He missed at least half the season and was pretty horrible when he DID play.

  6. By Scott H on May 19, 2016 | Reply

    I think it says a lot about this team that they are destined to place several players on this list and the first one didn’t even appear until they 30 players in. They are a lock for at least 5 players, could have as many as 7 or 8. But ALL of these will be in the upper two thirds of the list.

    I think BOTH Johnson’s are solid candidates, as is Michael Floyd. And Veldheer, perhaps? Why not?

    Fitz, Palmer, PP, Mathieu are all locks and Campbell is already in.

    While Freeney was in-valuable to us, he was a situational player who only played about half the season. That’s not gonna get him on.

  7. By Irv on May 19, 2016 | Reply

    Don’t forget David Johnson !

  8. By Dr. G. on May 19, 2016 | Reply

    #93 has always been one of my favs…and such a gentleman, even at the poker table..! Yes, he is pretty good…!

    Oh yeah, Fitz…? ITEM…for you. You said everyone played like ((expletive)) in Carolina. Wrong, my man… David Johnson ignored all the BS play and was outstanding that day. You need to tell him you appreciate that he did not give up even though our team laid a giant egg.

    Now, on to making the playoffs…one game at a time…let’s not get cocky with all the talent we have…still gotta play at least 64 quarters to get there…. Later, CARDS FANS…!

  9. By CreditCard on May 19, 2016 | Reply

    Non-related and different subject than the Campbell article:

    Saddened to see any public safety officer passing in the line of duty. My thoughts and prayers to David Glasser’s family and friends.

    Refreshing to witness a professional organization give tribute to their fans, via Arians public discussion and through your website giving insight to this man and his close friendships.

    Football is only a game. All sporting events are a community within themselves in a make-believe world of heroes and villains. The sporting world is filled with artificial drama and temporary outcomes.

    The community at large and the citizens that exist within it have the real day to day drama of struggling for a living, and good role model / citizen. The outcomes are permanent in the real world, and unfortunately in this case a painful one. From my perspective, officer David Glasser is a real hero.

    Again, my thoughts and prayers to David Glasser’s family and friends.

  10. By Scott H on May 20, 2016 | Reply

    CreditCard –

    Appreciate your thoughts on David Glasser and his passing. Yes, that is real life. But let’s not under-estimate what sports mean to people. I think it goes beyond artificial drama and it definitely goes beyond what happens on the field / ice / court / track, etc. Looking at just the Cardinals….look at all the great individual stories that take places in the lives of the individual players. They mean a lot to me, too.

    Look at the stories of Kurt Warner ( going from stocking shelves to SB MV )….the Honey Badger ( troubled kid in college to a transformed young man in the NFL)….Fitz losing his mom to breast cancer and making good on his promise to graduate from college ….and, of course, let’s not forget Pat Tillman and his heroism and tragic death in the line of service to his country. THESE aspects of these players become very much part of what I’m rooting for when I’m watching the games on Sunday. So….it’s not all so artificial.

    My own wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. Fortunately for us, her recovery has gone well and we’ve been blessed. Yeah, THAT takes a higher place in our lives than football games. But in reality, football games are a very real way that I escape the horrors of the world and the stressors that are there every day. She’s a football fan, too, and we love our Sundays together in Nov and Dec. And THAT is real.

    During breast cancer awareness month in Oct, I find myself tearing up sometimes when I see how dedicated players like Fitz and DeAngelo Williams are to the cause because of how it touched their lives. It touched my life, too, so I feel very connected to them as they play their hearts out in memory of family members lost to breast cancer.

    So….it’s quite often more than just a game when I’m watching the Cardinals. And not so artificial! 🙂

  11. By tucsontim on May 20, 2016 | Reply

    Heard 93 say he should be in the top 20. YES for what you’re paid 93, you should be a top 20 player.

  12. By Kevin S Mesa on May 23, 2016 | Reply

    Re: David Johnson

    He’s a good candidate for next year’s list, but wasn’t even the featured back until both Ellington and CJ were out. Up until then, he was playing sparingly. He had 35 rushing attempts prior to December.

    A couple good games doesn’t get you in the top 100.

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