2006 starting left tackle Leonard Davis has been lost to free agency, and the offensive line as a whole has not played anywhere near impressively in recent seasons. The line is rather young, and while the Cardinals may wait for some of their talent up front to round into form, there is a decent chance that the team will be looking to upgrade on the line, if at all possible. The Cardinals may spend an early draft choice on a left tackle that can come in and start right away.
On defense, the end position needs to be addressed. The Cards will try to find a pass rushing end that can consistently apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks, something that the defense has lacked lately. Veterans Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor are penciled in to start as of now, but after the draft, a player could be chosen to challenge for one of those player’s starting roles.
There is youth at the cornerback position that includes Antrel Rolle and Eric Green but the position lacks quality depth. Opponents racked up solid yardage totals against the team, and the aerial game was regularly a favored means of attack for opposing squads. A shutdown corner would go a long way in improving the defense.
Gerald Hayes will hold down the middle linebacker spot for seasons to come after signing a long extension, and while Karlos Dansby continues to develop at an outside linebacker position, the weak-side can use a talent upgrade. Arizona could look to add a complimentary player alongside the talent of Hayes, and the defensive unit would do well to find a linebacker who can help in coverage. This is another position that will likely be benefited by a first day draft selection.
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