Bryce Callahan, CB
Frankly, I’m surprised Bryce Callahan is still available. As one of the best nickel cornerbacks in 2018, Callahan was expected to get a large contract despite his status as a limited player.
The Arizona Cardinals don’t necessarily have a team need at cornerback as Patrick Peterson and Robert Alford are expected to be the boundary cornerbacks. But, the team doesn’t have a true slot cornerback on the roster, a position that is growing in importance in the current NFL landscape.
Despite having his 2018 season cut short due to injuries, Callahan was able to make a huge impact for the Chicago Bears. In his 13 games played, he tallied 45 tackles, six pass deflections, and two interceptions. Per Pro Football Focus, Callahan allowed an impressive .69 yards per coverage snap and allowed a passer rating of 78.9.
Not only is Callahan an exceptional slot cornerback, but he is also a hard-nosed blitzer (4.0 career sacks), and isn’t afraid to defend the run despite his 5-9 frame. If Steve Keim can fit the talented cornerback into their cap space, he should do so. Callahan has the ability to add another dynamic to the Vance Joseph defense.
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