Budda Baker
Budda Baker
23-Year-Old SafetyS
Arizona Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Baker might not be as big a name as some defensive backs, but that will change in 2019. His per-snap tackle rate through two years is exceptional - even his 74-tackle rookie season is remarkable considering he played only 517 defensive snaps - and he only turned 23 in January. Furthermore, his playing context could not be better this season. Whether the Kliff Kingsbury offense succeeds is immaterial to Baker - the offense will either score quickly, or turn the ball over quickly, and Baker will be incredibly busy in either case. His listed tackle projection is conservative. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $6.83 million contract with the Cardinals in May of 2017.
Supplies just four tackles Sunday
SArizona Cardinals
October 7, 2019
Baker racked up four tackles (two solo) during Sunday's 26-23 victory at Cincinnati.
Baker opened the season with back-to-back strong efforts en route to 19 total tackles, but he's managed just 14 (nine solo) over the last three games. Perhaps the presence of offseason addition Jordan Hicks (54 tackles, third in the NFL) is hurting Baker's prospects. Still, Baker is on pace for 100-plus stops and should pick up the occasional sack or turnover, making him a useful IDP out of the Cardinals' secondary.
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Measurables Review
How do Budda Baker's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
195 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.45 sec
Shuttle Time
4.08 sec
Cone Drill
6.76 sec
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
Broad Jump
115 in
Bench Press
15 reps
Hand Length
9.00 in
Arm Length
30.75 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Despite earning no more than eight defensive snaps in a given game until Week 10, the 2017 second-round pick concluded his rookie season with an eye-popping 74 tackles on 48.7 percent of those reps. The impetus for Baker's increased workload was two-fold. First and foremost, the Cardinals lost safety Tyvon Branch for the season in the aforementioned week, but Baker's performance on special teams to that point in the campaign likely gave the coaching staff confidence in his ability to transfer that success to the defensive side of the ball. With the starting strong safety spot secure and Tyrann Mathieu out of the picture, Baker seems to be a near-lock for 100-plus tackles in 2018.
Hardly the playmaker Tyrann Mathieu was coming out of college, Baker was nonetheless plucked in the second round of this year's draft to work as his understudy. Barring an injury to Mathieu, Antoine Bethea or Tyvon Branch, Baker won't earn many defensive snaps in 2017, leaving special teams as the platform in which he's most likely to do work.
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Practices fully Thursday
SArizona Cardinals
October 3, 2019
Baker (thigh) put in a full practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
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Pops up on injury report
SArizona Cardinals
October 2, 2019
Baker (thigh) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
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Accrues five tackles in Week 4
SArizona Cardinals
October 1, 2019
Baker recorded five tackles (four solo) during Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Seahawks.
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Another solid performance Sunday
SArizona Cardinals
September 16, 2019
Baker recorded 11 tackles (eight solo) to go along with a forced fumble across 77 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
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Makes eight stops
SArizona Cardinals
September 11, 2019
Baker posted eight tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 27-27 tie versus the Lions.
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