Cardinals' defensive backs ranked only 3rd in NFC West, per PFF




 

Pro Football Focus believes the Cardinals have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. Despite having two Pro-Bowl caliber safeties, one of them being arguably the best in the league, they are ranked very low.

Despite the low ranking, they are still not the worst NFC West secondary according to PFF. Take a look at how the rest of the division stacks up with the Cardinals.

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No. 9 - "Minor question marks": Los Angeles Rams

 

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Projected Starters:

  • CB Jalen Ramsey

  • CB  David Long

  • CB Troy Hill

  • S Jordan Fuller

  • S Taylor Rapp

The defending Super Bowl champions' secondary is headlined by All-Pro corner Jalen Ramsey, but PFF believes the team has some minor question marks.

The Rams lost reliable starter Darious Williams in free agency to the Jaguars. Outside of Ramsey, the team is moving forward with a very young secondary. Here's what PFF had to say about the Rams:

Ramsey is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, which takes a ton of pressure off his teammates and defensive playcallers. As long as he is in the lineup, it'll be hard to take the Rams out of the top ten.

 

No. 16 - "Ascending unit": San Francisco 49ers

 

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Projected Starters:

  • CB Charvarious Ward

  • CB Emmanuel Mosley

  • CB Jason Verrett

  • S Jimmie Ward

  • S Talanoa Hufanga

The San Francisco 49ers made an incredible recovery late last season. They went from barely sneaking into the postseason to nearly defeating the Rams in the NFC Championship.

Part of that turnaround was the secondary finding a way to stabilize after a shaky start. PFF put them at right in the middle of the league, which seems fair given their vastly different performances last season.

Here's what they had to say:

 

No. 27 - "Serious flaws": Arizona Cardinals

 

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Projected starters:

  • CB Byron Murphy

  • CB Marco Wilson

  • CB Antonio Hamilton

  • S Budda Baker

  • S Jalen Thompson

The Cardinals find themselves at the bottom end of the NFL in this ranking. PFF criticized the front office for their lack of addressing the cornerback position this offseason, as their only addition was seventh-round rookie Christian Matthew.

The team was not linked to any of the premier free agents in the secondary, so it appears as if they are content with their young cornerback room, although they did sign former Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Jeff Gladney in the offseason, only to have him die tragically in a car accident. Byron Murphy and Marco Wilson are drawing a ton of trust from the front office.

The Cardinals have an argument for the best safety duo in the league with Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson. PFF still believes they are one of the worst overall units in the league, which seems a bit harsh given the talent of the back end alone.

 

No. 30 - "Too much uncertainty": Seattle Seahawks

 

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Projected Starters:

  • CB Tre Brown

  • CB Sidney Jones IV

  • CB Justin Coleman

  • S Jamal Adams

  • S Quandre Diggs

PFF was not kind to the Seattle Seahawks, who similar to the Cardinals, have a Pro-Bowl caliber safety room. Despite his flaws, Jamal Adams was once one of the better coverage safeties in the league and Quandre Diggs is a two-time Pro Bowler.

The cornerback room is very questionable, however. Justin Coleman has been a solid nickel corner before but there are question marks surrounding the other two starters. Here's what PFF had to say:

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