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Cardinals in Jon Ledyard’s Top 120

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Cardinals in Jon Ledyard’s (of the NFL Draft Wire) Top 120:

Chandler Jones—-#4 Edge

DeAndre Hopkins—-#5 WR

Jon Ledyard’s First 20 Out:

Carson Wentz

Matt Stafford

Matt Ryan

Ben Roethlisberger

Dalvin Cook

Kenny Golladay

TY Hilton

Laremy Tunsil

Bryan Bulaga

Trent Brown

Joe Thuney

DJ Reader

Yannick Ngakoue

Shaq Barrett

Melvin Ingram

Deion Jones

Byron Jones

Marcus Peters

Anthony Harris

Marcus Williams

So there you have it.

Notable omissions for Cardinals:

QB Kyler Murray—-only in his 2nd year, so this is understandable.

RB Kenyan Drake—-not one of the top 6 RBs mentioned, yet #6 highest paid RB in 2020. KD aims to prove he belongs in the upper echelon as for the first time in his 5 year career he enters camp as the sure-fire bell cow RB..

WR Larry Fitzgerald—-17 WRs in Ledyard’s top 120, but no Fitz. Fitz is the #17 highest paid WR in 2020. However, because the Cardinals play Fitz as a ‘Y”, like the Chiefs and Eagles often do with Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz (2 of the 4 TEs to make the top 120—-plus Rob Gronkowski is frequently used in that role as well), a good argument can be made for Fitz as deserving a spot as a top 3-5 “Y” in the league..

LT D.J. Humphries—-not mentioned as one of 12 tackles in top 120, yet Humphries is 7th highest paid tackle in 2020. D.J. believes he is going to dominate going forward.

G Justin Pugh—-not one of 13 interior OL, and is 16th highest paid G in 2020. That's solid value for the Cardinals in light of Pugh’s laudable 2019 play and his emerging leadership. PFF just lauded Pugh and being the 2nd team LG in “clutch situations” last season.

LB Jordan Hicks—-not one of 6 LBs on the list, yet Hicks was 3rd in NFL in tackles, and he’s the #14th highest paid ILB in the NFL, which is tremendous value for the Cardinals.

CB Patrick Peterson—-not included in the top 120 here, finding himself behind 11 CBs, while being the #5 highest paid CB in the NFL in 2020. Peterson, now in a key contract year at the age of 30, should be highly motivated to prove he still belongs in the Pro Bowl conversation, and that he can play at the highest level without the assistance of PEDS.

S Budda Baker—-it’s rather surprising that Ledyard does not rank Budda Baker in the top 12 of safeties, or in the league’s best 120 players given that Baker made the Pro Bowl last year while amassing 147 tackles, the most of any safety in the league and 4th most of any defensive player in the NFL. If Baker stacks back to back Pro Bowl seasons, he could be in line for a lucrative payday.

In my opinion, LB Jordan Hicks and S Budda Baker belong in the top 100. But with big seasons, all of the omitted players mentioned here could find themselves on the top 100 NFL player rankings in 2021, plus any breakout players the Cardinals have this season.