I’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about the options the Arizona Cardinals have in the 2012 NFL Draft on the offensive side of things, but how about the defensive side of things? One of the need positions for the Cards is at defensive back. They were thin at the position in 2011 thanks to both injuries and experience. After losing Antrel Rolle and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie over the past couple of off-seasons and seeing the Cards lose Greg Toler in the 2011 preseason, they were left with rookie Patrick Peterson being the star. He was a star in punt returns, but is still rising in the defensive backfield.
Granted, Peterson will get better. Toler is going to return. Adrian Wilson will return at safety, but he is getting older. The Cards need to address the position in the draft and possibly in free agency, although free agency hasn’t worked out too great back there recently.
Sure, the defensive backfield will be young again if they build mainly through the draft, however it sets up quite a future if they do. I think the Cards may be done with stop gap players to get by. It has clearly burned them at times.
I still think the Cards make the offensive needs the number one concern, but would not be surprised to see a couple of new fresh defensive faces once the draft is completed.