After being snubbed by their fellow NFL peers for the Top 100, Calais Campbell and Adrian Wilson have both made the Pro Football Focus Top 101 list. Both of these players had outstanding years for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 and many of you believed they deserved to be on the NFL list in the first place.
But one Cardinal remains noticeably absent from the new PFF list. Let's take a look at why Campbell and A-Dub made this one and see who the missing player might be.
Campbell, as I stated in my last post, led the team in sacks last season and was the most productive defensive player on the roster. For his hard work, he was rewarded with a new five-year deal. Numerous people believe he is one of the better defensive ends in the NFC, so to see him exalted as such is a sight for sore eyes. Campbell came in at #57 on the list.
Adrian Wilson, despite his torn biceps muscle, had a bounce back year after a roller coaster 2010 season. He not only looked refreshed and ready to return to form after being called 'old', but he seemingly improved some of his weaker areas. His 70th ranking seems justified after improving his coverage abilities and still being a constant threat near the line of scrimmage.
The player that didn't make this list, but did make the NFL Top 100 one was Patrick Peterson. Although his cornerback skills still have room to improve, his ability to win games solely through his punting returning talent is what warranted him a spot in the first Top 100 list. Apparently, PFF did not agree. With some improved play at the corner spot during his sophomore year, the chances he makes it next year will increase dramatically.
What do you think about the rankings for Campbell and Wilson? Are they justified? What about Peterson being left off the list? Is that fair? Tell us what you think in the comments section.