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ESPN: Cardinals Top-3 In Under-25 NFL Talent

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019.
S Budda Baker is among the Cardinals' top talents under the age of 25.

There is a lot of volatility in the NFL, as teams overperform and underperform all the time.

The best way to remain consistently competitive is to field young, cost-controlled stars, and the Cardinals are seemingly in a good place.

ESPN and Football Outsiders published an article on Monday ranking the collections of under-25 talent on each team and placed the Cardinals No. 3, behind only the Ravens and Giants.

The team's headliner, of course, is quarterback Kyler Murray, the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year who turned 23 last week.

"His neutral rookie efficiency of -3.1% DVOA and 55.7 QBR in 2019 puts him on a star trajectory," said the article's author, Scott Spratt, "and his four remaining years of inexpensive team control put him on the short list of most valuable assets in football."

Wide receiver Christian Kirk, 23, is another prominent offensive piece on the list, as he has been close to an average receiver early in his career, while Spratt still likes the potential of second-year wide receivers Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler.

Safety Budda Baker leads the under-25 defensive talent, as the 24-year-old made the Pro Bowl in 2019. While Isaiah Simmons, 22, has yet to play a down in the NFL, the No. 8 overall pick has enough talent to already help the Cardinals' ranking.

The Cardinals have transitioned from an older team to a younger one the past couple of years and have started to stockpile under-25 talent.

"No team has made as dramatic a rise up the under-25 rankings as the Cardinals in recent seasons," Spratt said.

Images of the Cardinals quarterback from his media shoot before the 2020 season. Murray turned 23 on Friday.

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