Packers’ De’Vondre Campbell voted 49th on NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2022 list
The NFL released some of the The 100 best players of 2022 – the league’s annual poll is voted on only by current NFL players.
Only one member of the Green Bay Packers was named to the roster on Sunday.
The poll is conducted by the NFL off-season and players rank their peers based on their performance during the most recent season.
At No. 49 is linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, named to the list for the first time in his career. A fourth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2016 from the University of Minnesota, Campbell played four seasons with Atlanta and one with the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Packers in 2021.
“A lot of guys that size, that build, not really good at cover. But I feel like he’s a really good cover guy and I feel like that’s what he prosper the most,” Super Bowl champion and Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David said in a video announcing Campbell to the roster.
Campbell had two interceptions and five passes defended in 2021. He also led the team with 145 total tackles, which ranked seventh in the NFL, and added two sacks, six tackles for loss, six hits from the quarterback, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
“Having a guy like that in the middle of the pitch, controlling everything. Someone… making sure everyone is where they need to be. … He got a big paycheck,” David said. Campbell signed a 5-year, $50 million contract in March.
Campbell earned Associated Press first-team All-Pro honors last season. He is the first inside linebacker for Green Bay since Ray Nitschke in 1966 to be named to the first team, although linebacker Nick Barnett was selected to the second team in 2007.
A few other players with Wisconsin connections were named to the Top 100 list. Former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilsonmember of the Denver Broncos, was elected in 61st place.
Although a member of the Los Angeles Chargers last season, the former Green Bay Packers center Corey Linley was voted No. 60. He was also voted No. 60 last season, the year his game was recognized as a member of the Packers.
Last year, six Green Bay Packers were on the list: Za’Darius Smith, Jaire Alexander, David Bakhtiari, Aaron Jones, Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers. Injuries and departures will likely only result in two Packers on the roster this year.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be in contention for the No. 1 spot after being voted MVP again.
Last year, Rodgers placed third. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was voted No. 1 and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was voted No. 2.
The NFL was scheduled to reveal numbers 21 through 30 later Sunday on the NFL Network. The top 20 will be revealed at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 28.
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