As we all try to give the insatiable NFL fan some sort of relevant content in the slowest part of the offseason, we now have a pair of top 100 player lists from CBS Sports. Both Pat Kirwan and Pete Prisco ranked their top 100 players and a few Arizona Cardinals showed up on those lists.
Patrick Peterson is near the top in both, ranking in the top 10 in each. What is fun about it is that he is ahead of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. In fact, Sherman isn't even the highest ranked Seahawk on both lists -- that honor belongs to safety Earl Thomas.
Prisco puts Peterson as the league's eighth best player (Sherman is 11th).
He is a physical corner who plays a lot of man coverage. And he does it well.
Offensive coordinator on Peterson: "Peterson lines up on the top receiver all over the place. That gives him an edge over (Richard) Sherman. They're both really good."
The most talented defensive back in the NFL.
After that, the lists vary a bit.
Notably absent is Daryl Washington, but that could simply be because he will not play in 2014.
Kirwan keeps Fitzgerald quite high, ranking him 24th overall.
He may be slowing down a little, but he runs great routes and has super hands.
Prisco, on the other hand, has him further down the list at number 45.
He didn't have a monster season in 2013 by his standards, but he still commands a ton of attention from a defense.
NFL GM No. 3 on Fitzgerald: "I think he's slowing down a little bit. He's still a big-time threat, but does he scare deep like he used to?"
Calais Campbell, who is absent yearly on NFL Network's Top 100 players, as voted on by the players, is 43rd on Prisco's list.
He is a player that many people overlook because he doesn't put up huge sack numbers. But he is so important to the success of the Arizona defense.
NFL GM No. 2 on Campbell: "He's still a force to block each week with his size, length and athletic ability."
Kirwan, meanwhile, has him down at number 67.
The Cardinals play good defense and the 6-foot-7 Campbell is a big reason.
He is actually 6-8.
Kirwan, though, adds John Abraham to his list. Prisco does not. Kirwan puts Abraham at number 76.
Some said he was done two years ago. He is still a double-digit sack guy.
Michael Floyd did not crack the list, nor did Tyrann Mathieu, but both those players are very likely to do so in future years. We might even see Jared Veldheer or Jonathan Cooper showing up on such lists, too.
Is there anyone that should have made the list that didn't for the Cardinals? Are they ranked correctly?
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