When Pro Football Focus releases their yearly Top 25 Players Under the Age of 25 list every year, before you even read the list, you scroll through to see if the name of your favorite team is going to make an appearance.
In a not so shocking fashion the Arizona Cardinals were left out in the cold, but what about 2019?
While we can hope that both Josh Rosen and Christian Kirk will be among the names listed in 2019, that’s much more speculative than the guys on the roster who we have seen play a little bit.
Let’s go through and look at three potential Arizona Cardinals that could crack the Pro Football Focus 25 under 25 in 2019.
Budda Baker - If the Cardinals were going to have a player on the list, Baker was the only option. However, only two safeties, Landon Collins and Kevin Byard, found their way on the list, so Baker has a little work to do.
He graded out well according to Pro Football Focus, but was more than four points behind either Collins or Byard.
He has some ground to make up, but his brief work in 2017 should give us confidence he can handle it.
Haason Reddick - Reddick’s grade was bad in 2017, but much of that came when he was forced to play in a position he wasn’t ready to play in at inside linebacker, then was once again moved to a different position at outside linebacker.
Now, with an offseason working in Steve Wilks and Al Holcomb’s defense, Reddick will have a chance to shine as an everydown linebacker. Only one linebacker, Deion Jones, was even on the list and he scored 42 points higher than Reddick, but Reddick has all the tools to make the jump, now if he can figure out how to use them.
Robert Nkemdiche - Despite being the most senior player of this group, Nkemdiche is just three days older than Reddick.
Nkemdiche graded out well, at 73.8, and now is in a defense that will be better suited to his skills.
He’ll have a year to not only prove he belongs on a list like this, but that the Cardinals should pick up his fifth year option heading into the 2019 season.
Who are your picks?