University of Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie could become the latest Huskie to infiltrate the Arizona Cardinals secondary.
Heading into the 2022 NFL campaign, 50 percent of the Arizona Cardinals starting defensive backfield is made up of former University of Washington players. That number could potentially jump to an eye-popping 75 percent if a certain prospect is still available when the Cards make their first-round selection during the upcoming NFL Draft.
Trent McDuffie is a talented young cornerback who is projected to be taken in the opening round on April 28th. At the moment, the Cardinals are in dire need of a top-notch cover guy. Could McDuffie ultimately join the two other former Huskies in the Redbirds secondary?
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim seems to have a soft spot for defensive backs who honed their skills at the Seattle-based university. Safety Budda Baker is a four-time Pro Bowler who was a star with the Huskies. Starting corner Byron Murphy Jr. was also an outstanding performer for the school before being drafted by Keim back in 2019.
Trent McDuffie could fill a major hole at cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals
McDuffie was a true freshman when he made 11 starts for the University of Washington back in 2019. In his 27 total appearances for the college, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder totaled 94 tackles, two interceptions, eight pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, and a sack for the squad.
Last fall, McDuffie was voted First-team All-Pac 12 and Third-team All-American following his final campaign with the Huskies. The California native also received Second-team All-Pac 12 honors following the 2020 season.
Arizona has done very little thus far to address the club’s deficiencies at the cornerback position. Keim did ink former Minnesota Vikings draft choice Jeff Gladney to a two-year deal. The 25-year-old cover guy sat out the 2021 campaign due to some legal troubles that are no longer an issue.
Robert Alford paid a visit to the Cardinals back on March 24th, but the corner left the desert without signing a contract. Five-time Pro Bowler Stephon Gilmore is still searching for work, but the organization appears to have very little interest in acquiring the 31-year-old veteran.
Keim and company would be applauded if they could land a top-notch youngster like McDuffie with the 23rd-overall choice. If that happens, those who follow the University of Washington could become even bigger fans of the Cards secondary than they more than likely already are.