Is the team content with the offensive line?
After allowing yet another 50+ sack allowed season in 2019, Steve Keim was expected to add to the offensive line in the off-season. In free agency, he did just that.
The veteran acquisitions of Marcus Gilbert, Max Garcia, J.R. Sweezy have totaled a combined 206 career regular season starts. And with the return of D.J. Humphries and a hopefully healthy Justin Pugh, the line projects to be better than last years, but, it’s far from a complete rebuild of the group.
Although Gilbert and Humphries come with solid play in the past, both former Florida Gators have an extensive injury history. The guard additions of Garcia and Sweezy are solid, but they wouldn’t start for top-ten offensive lines. So will Keim continue to build the lineup in the draft?
I’ve stated in the past that Keim should choose from his big-board rather than need at pick No. 33 overall. With that being said, if a presumed first-round offensive talent falls to No. 33, the Cardinals should take him. If they decide to take N’Keal Harry there (they will if he falls), then they should attack line often in the draft hoping to add solid depth.
Either way, three veteran additions aren’t enough. No matter who the quarterback is, they will need to be protected. Although the Cardinals 2019 line already looks better than last year’s unit on paper, Keim shouldn’t hesitate to continue reshaping the unit.