Along the defensive line, Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell could emerge as one of the most productive tandems in the NFL. Dockett's abilities are already well known but Campbell's legend is just beginning. Campbell had a relatively quiet rookie season in 2008 but began to breakout a year ago. On the season, Campbell totaled 48 tackles and seven sacks. Look for those numbers to grow even more as opposing defenses continue to key on Dockett in the trenches.
In the secondary, both Adrian Wilson and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie return on a defense that accumulated 21 interceptions last year. Wilson's ability to be utilized in a variety of ways makes him one of the most valuable assets in the NFL. Meanwhile after a banner rookie season, Rodgers-Cromartie had signs of a sophomore slump throughout 2009. Despite his struggles, the Cardinals are confident in Rodgers-Cromartie's skill-set and expect him to continue developing into a shut-down corner on the perimeter.
Looking ahead to late April and the NFL Draft, Arizona will have plenty of options at pick No. 26. GM Rod Graves has instilled a best player available mentality and the Cardinals have stuck to that motto in recent drafts. In 2008, Arizona managed to nab Rodgers-Cromartie with the 16th pick and RB Beanie Wells fell into the team's lap at pick No. 31 a year ago. Graves and the Cardinals' front office are expected to use this year's first-round pick on an offensive lineman or another playmaker on defense.
Questions or comments? Contact Brad Wilbricht at email@example.com
or click here to access the AZRedReport.com message boards.