The Cardinals' Pro Bowl defensive back will be much more pleased with his spot in ESPN’s hierarchy.
Baker was ranked as the third-best safety in the NFL heading into 2021, trailing only Pittsburgh's Minkah Fitzpatrick and Denver's Justin Simmons. The order was determined based off input from more than 50 coaches, front office members, scouts and players.
Baker, who was ranked No. 16 in the NFL by PFF, earned rave reviews from the anonymous analysts quoted in the ESPN piece.
"Everyone loves this guy," an unnamed AFC defensive coach told ESPN. "You won't find anyone in the league who doesn't admire his game."
Baker was named a Pro Bowl safety for the second consecutive year in 2020 and added All-Pro honors. He finished the season with 118 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and the first two interceptions of his career.
Seattle's Jamal Adams finished one spot behind Baker, while former Cardinals star Tyrann Mathieu was sixth. Baker, who was listed as the No. 9 safety in the league last year, garnered at least one vote as the NFL's best at the position.