While no one from the Arizona Cardinals hit PFF"s Top 101, they saw two former players earn a spot on the list.
The Arizona Cardinals had a 2022 season to forget. Not only did Kyler Murray's play tank, but injuries and dysfunction sunk this team, and it was something foreshadowed in July. Once the tidal wave hit in Week 1's blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, this season was over before it began.
So it shouldn't surprise you that PFF did not list a single Cardinal in their Top 101 rankings, snubbing even Budda Baker. But two former Redbirds got some recognition. One name you might like, and the other name you may have thought was washed up...until he proved the entire NFL Universe wrong.
Two former Arizona Cardinals made it on PFF's Top 101
Let's start with the bad guy, Patrick Peterson, who ranked 78th. We all know Peterson's relationship with the Cardinals grew sour and it ultimately led to a divorce. But this past season, P2 proved he was still one of the NFL's most dominant corners.
In 17 games this season, the 32-year-old logged five interceptions, 91 return yards, and 15 pass deflections. He also allowed a completion percentage of just 59.6%, and a 79.6 quarterback rating. Ironically enough, most of his numbers were not as good as they were in 2021, during his first season in Minneapolis, but they were solid nonetheless.
And of course, former Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick also got the honor. Reddick also played in all 17 games this season and logged an incredible 16.0 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 26 quarterback hits. He finished fourth in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, earned a Pro Bowl nod, and Second-Team All-Pro honors.
Reddick ranked 38th this past season, and at just 28 years old, you can expect him to climb a few more slots in the future. He's going to be an exciting player to watch, though we all would've preferred it if former general manager Steve Keim did the sensible thing and retained him following the 2020 season.
Source: The PFF 101: Highlighting the top 101 players from the 2022 NFL season by Sam Monson
(Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference)