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Cards in the NFL: Power Rankings through Week 4

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Four weeks of the NFL season are in the books, so let's look at how former Louisville players are doing and power rank all of them!

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In recent years, former Louisville stars have flooded into the NFL. It can be hard to keep up with all of them, which is why we decided to check in on them in a fun, totally arbitrary manner. Behold, the first-ever Cards in the NFL Power Rankings.

Note: Feel free to disagree in the comments section. Your suggestions will be taken into consideration when we do this again. Also, the fact that a Cleveland Browns tight end is ranked No. 2 in anything does not reflect the views of Card Chronicle or Mike Rutherford. Mike just told me to write about Cards in the NFL and this is what happened.

1. Preston Brown, LB, Bills

As we know, Brown is a tackling machine, and that hasn't changed this year. He's tied for 8th in the NFL with 36 combined tackles and picked off a pair of passes in Week 3 against Miami, one of which he returned for a touchdown. For good measure, he's added a forced fumble and fumble recovery on the young season.

2. Gary Barnidge, TE, Browns

Quickly becoming a scorching hot fantasy commodity (Read: He may be worth picking up, but not this week against the Ravens) due to the Browns' lack of offensive weapons, Barnidge's sure hands and toughness have been on display as of late. In the past two weeks, he's caught 12 passes on 16 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

3. Eric Wood, C, Bills

The rock-solid Bills center returned as the starter in Buffalo this season, and he's been the man in the middle for all four games so far. He hasn't missed a start since 2012.

4. Breno Giacomini, OT, Jets

After starting in all 16 games for New York last season, Giacomini has picked up right where he left off. He's occupied the right tackle spot in all four of the 3-1 Jets' games so far this year. Longevity has to get some respect here.

5. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings

The numbers haven't been prolific for Bridgewater, who has completed 67 percent of his passes for 774 yards and two touchdowns. While the touchdown numbers aren't exciting, Teddy's only thrown two picks through four games. The Vikings are 2-2, and while Bridgewater ranks near the bottom in yards and touchdowns, that Adrian Peterson guy is near the top amongst running backs.

6. Calvin Pryor, S, Jets

Pryor continues to lay the hammer down across the NFL, and has 23 combined tackles on the season as a starting safety for 3-1 New York. He also picked off Andrew Luck in Week 2 and forced a fumble against the Browns in Week 1.

7. Elvis Dumervil, LB, Ravens

Now in his 10th NFL season (time flies) Dumervil is still humming along. The tackle numbers aren't huge (12 combined on the season), but he's posted a pair of sacks and forced a fumble already. He had a season-high 6 combined tackles in Baltimore's first win of the season in Week 4.

8. William Gay, DB, Steelers

Like Dumervil, Gay is now a long-time NFL veteran in his ninth season. He's posted 14 combined tackles this season for 2-2 Pittsburgh.

9. Jamon Brown, OT, Rams

It was clear that Brown would have no problem making the Rams roster given where he was drafted and St. Louis' needs on the offensive line, but he earned a starting spot during camp and has started in all four of the Rams' games this season.

10. John Miller, OG, Bills

Recently sidelined with a groin injury, Miller was off to a good start to his NFL career, starting his first three games in Weeks 1-3 next to fellow Cardinal Eric Wood.

11. James Sample, Jaguars

Sample has worked his way onto the field right away in Jacksonville, starting in two games and playing in all four of the Jags' early-season games. He's racked up 15 combined tackles.

12. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets

Currently battling a groin injury, Powell has received 34 carries as a backup to Chris Ivory, racking up 131 yards. He's also caught 14 passes for 88 yards. While he's not a featured part of the Jets offense, he's found a good spot in what is now his fifth NFL season.

13. Harry Douglas, WR, Titans

Tennessee has already had its bye week, but in the Titans' three games so far, Douglas has registered six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. The weirdest thing here? He's been targeted 16 times. We'll just chalk that up to rookie inconsistency from Marcus Mariota.

14. Lorenzo Mauldin, LB, Jets

Clear from a recent injury scare, Mauldin has found his way into the rotation for a stout Jets defense. He only has three combined tackles in three games, but did force a fumble against Cleveland in Week 1.

15. DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins

Despite the high draft choice, Parker's struggled to become a big part of the Dolphins offense early, catching four passes on eight targets for 49 yards. Look for those numbers to improve for him as the season goes on and he gets more comfortable.

16. Deiontrez Mount, LB, Titans

Mount has appeared in all three of Tennessee's games this season, and while he hasn't recorded a tackle yet, he did pick off Jameis Winston in Week 1.

17. Josh Bellamy, WR, Bears

He's only been targeted twice this season, but hey, he caught one of them for a 48-yard touchdown. That has to count for something.

18. Marcus Smith, Eagles

Smith's puzzling tenure in Philadelphia continues, as he's only played in one game this season and is yet to register a tackle in his NFL career. Given Smith's status as a former first-round pick, this is fairly bizarre.

The following players are currently on injured reserve lists:

Damian Copeland, WR, Jaguars

Charles Gaines, DB, Browns

Senorise Perry, RB, Bears

Eli Rogers, Steelers

Gerald Christian, TE, Cardinals