Antonio Hamilton, CB
The Arizona Cardinals are thin at corner. Perhaps thinner now than they have been over the past two seasons, with Byron Murphy slated in as the only proven corner on the roster. Therefore, the Cardinals need someone to step up, and that someone may be second-year corner Marco Wilson, who noticeably struggled.
But if Wilson struggles again, someone else may need to step up. And don’t be surprised if the hidden gem is corner, Antonio Hamilton. So what makes Hamilton an underrated but likely candidate to be a major contributor in the secondary? Just look at his sample size, small as it is.
Last season, his first as a Cardinal, Hamilton allowed just 6.1 yards per target on 36 targets. He also allowed just 9.5 yards per completion and a 63.9 completion percentage. The combined quarterback rating of those 36 targets and 23 completions sat at just 89.9.
So again, it is a small sample size. But it does show that Hamilton can potentially transform into a solid CB2 if given a chance. Of course, he will need to earn it, but the production was definitely there last season. Now bodes the question: Can he do this for an entire season?