Five Names Arizona Cardinals Fans Need to Know in 2017

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Harlan Miller was almost an afterthought, but showed a lot at the end of the season

The Cardinals addressed the secondary in round three of the 2016 NFL Draft, by taking Brandon Williams in round three, and Marqui Christian in round five. However, sixth round pick Harlan Miller made people take notice late in the season.

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Miller found himself on the practice squad after the preseason, and it seemed he’d have to try again next season. Late in the season, however, he was called on to start, as injuries at safety piled up. Drafted as a cornerback, it was not a natural spot for him, but he held up well, recording five tackles and an interception that he returned 52 yards.

His length and ability to tackle means he has a lot of upside, and Miller might wind up as the best defensive back they drafted last year. He’s aggressive, and his ball skills are excellent, and though he isn’t a speedster, he plays quick enough.

The Cardinals have free agency issues at safety, along with several other spots. Miller’s versatility may help him stick with the team. He can clearly play safety, but could backup cornerback as well, making him a potentially valuable player on defense.