NFL Top 100: Kyler Murray, Budda Baker make 1st appearances on list
In 2019, safety Budda Baker was named to the Pro Bowl. Quarterback Kyler Murray was an alternate for the game and the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
This offseason, both were recognized by the NFL Network’s “Top 100” list voted upon by current NFL players.
It was the first time appearing in the rankings for either Baker or Murray.
Baker was listed as the No. 97 player in the league and Murray was the No. 90 player.
In his third year as a pro, Baker one of the dynamic bright spots of the Cardinals’ defense, racking up 147 total tackles, six passes defended and a forced fumble.
Murray led the charge on offense in 2019, helping turn it from the league-worst into a unit that has intrigue moving forward. He became the second rookie quarterback with 3,500 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in a season, joining Cam Newton as the only two to do ever so.
The NFL Network revealed No. 100 through 71 Sunday night. It will list No. 70 to 41 on Monday, No. 40 to 11 on Tuesday and the top 10 on Wednesday.
These two won’t be the lone Cardinals on the list.
After Chandler Jones was inexplicably omitted last offseason, he was a Defensive Player of the Year candidate in 2019. He already knows he proved the league wrong and is waiting to see how the players who voted ate their words.
Jones definitely has a vote from Myles Garrett, if the Cleveland Browns defensive end filled out the list.
DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best wide receivers in the league and will be high on the list as well. Last year, he just barely missed out on the top 10, coming in at No. 11. The two receivers above him were Julio Jones at No. 9 and Antonio Brown at No. 7.
Larry Fitzgerald may also be included, though his inclusion is less certain than that of Jones and Hopkins. Last year, Fitzgerald made the list at No. 60.
Patrick Peterson is also a possibility. He had a shortened season due to suspension and struggled when he returned, but he was No. 46 last year.
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