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Kyler Murray is the first drafted Cardinal QB to earn Pro Bowl nod since 1987

Murray is the first Cardinal quarterback to secure a Pro Bowl since Carson Palmer in 2015.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 Pro Bowl selections have been announced and the Arizona Cardinals are well represented.

Quarterback Kyler Murray, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and safety Budda Baker earn those accolades for their efforts this season.

This is Budda Baker’s third selection to the Pro Bowl after earning trips to Hawaii in 2017 (special teams) and 2019. Baker, who is only 24 years old, signed an extension this past offseason that made him the league’s highest paid safety.

DeAndre Hopkins will make his fifth trip to the Pro Bowl (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) adding to what is surely a strong Hall of Fame resume. Hopkins was, of course, acquired this past offseason by the Cardinals in exchange for RB David Johnson, a 2020 second round pick and a 2021 fourth round pick.

Hopkins has been everything and more for a Cardinal team that was desperate for a number one receiver.

As for Kyler Murray, his first selection may very well be the most historic for Arizona. He is the first Cardinal signal caller to make the Pro Bowl since Carson Palmer was selected in 2015. He is also the first home grown Cardinal QB to earn a spot on the Pro Bowl since Neil Lomax in 1987.

Murray has the Cardinals positioned to reach the post season for the first time since 2015, on pace for over 40 total touchdowns.

As for notable Cardinal Pro Bowl “snubs”, only OT D.J. Humphries stands out as the former first round pick has been playing at a top five level for his position in 2020. OLB Haason Reddick, who currently has 11 sacks on the season, is another notable who could have warranted consideration.