Cardinals safety Budda Baker given exceptional praise by NFL players

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Budda Baker
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Budda Baker /

In this year’s NFL Top 100 list, Budda Baker of the Arizona Cardinals was ranked as the top safety in the entire league.

Typically, if a player ends a season with a First-Team All-Pro selection, it means they’re regarded as one of the best at their position. However, with Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker, this hasn’t seemed to be the case during the last few months.

Despite Baker‘s First-Team All-Pro selection in 2020, he still hasn’t earned the amount of respect he deserves from those who cover the sport.

In fact, he’s actually experienced more disrespect than praise during the last few months, especially from Pro Football Focus who ranked the Baker as the 16th-best safety in the NFL back in June.

NFL players give Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker the ranking he deserves

On Sunday, more of the NFL Top 100 list of 2021 was revealed, and not only did it feature Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 39, but Baker popped up on the list at No. 19.

The Arizona safety made quite the jump on this year’s list after being given the No. 97 spot in 2020. At No. 19, Baker is also the highest-ranked safety on his year’s NFL Top 100 list with Jamal Adams of the Seattle Seahawks being the safety with the second-highest ranking at No. 31.

The NFL Top 100 list is voted on by players around the league. So do we think the guys out on the field every week with Baker have a better idea about how good he is or should we just stick to what PFF thinks about the Cardinals safety?

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Baker won’t have to wait much longer to back on the field and continue his efforts to prove his doubters wrong as there are now less than three weeks until Arizona will open up the 2021 regular season on the road against the Tennessee Titans.