Arizona Cardinals: The greatest need


The Arizona Cardinals have a number of needs going into the offseason

There is no arguing the Arizona Cardinals have a number of areas to address in the offseason going into the 2017 season.  The big question is what is the most important position to address?

Some may tell you it’s special teams.  Some may tell you it’s at receiver.  Some may even try to convince you it is the offensive line.  Let’s also not ignore the linebackers either.

The biggest area is cornerback.  Yes, you read that correct.  While each area aforementioned does need to be addressed, the Cardinals need to address the secondary first.

The Cardinals could not find a consistent player to play opposite cornerback Patrick Peterson this past season.  A few players tried.

Brandon Williams, a converted cornerback, was not successful.  He started the season opposite Peterson but it didn’t last long.

The most successful was Marcus Cooper.  He was inconsistent however.  He also had difficulty staying healthy at the end of the season.  He could be given another shot at starting going into training camp.

Justin Bethel was deemed a “failure in progress” back in December by head coach Bruce Arians. Bethel did play decent in the season finale at the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Cardinals need to address the corner in the draft or free agency.  Either one will work but they need to continue their search for that second starter.

The Cardinals will address the receivers but right now if they did nothing they could probably get away with what they have, especially if Larry Fitzgerald decides to return for another season.

The Cardinals will have Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson, John Brown (assuming he’s healthy enough to play) as their top three.  They will bring someone else in via draft or free agency.

They have already brought in Aaron Dobson but they aren’t done.  There were as many as 11 receivers in camp last August.

The focus should be on shoring up the corner though.  Do that and they are on their way back to success in 2017.