Ranking Arizona Cardinals top draft picks since 2016

(Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Kyler Murray
(Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) Kyler Murray /
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Budda Baker

Next to Murray’s presence at #2, no one came close to Budda Baker. The guy had a phenomenal 2020 season in which he earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro Honors. Baker logged 118 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions, one of which would’ve been a pick-six had it not been for D.K. Metcalf channeling his inner-Usain Bolt in one of the NFL’s most memorable plays.

Since his rookie season in 2017, Baker has been named to 3 Pro Bowls, made the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2017, and is a 2x First-Team All-Pro. Baker, who possesses a build similar to Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu, is the only player on today’s list who may wind up in Canton.

He has remained a fixture on an Arizona Cardinals team that has seen a lot of turnover, headaches, and collapses since his rookie season. But if Keim can draft a few more Baker-like players at positions of need for 2021 and beyond, expect the Cardinals to turn the corner and finally take control of the NFC West.