The Arizona Cardinals have been hard at work this offseason. That hard work has paid off but the team still has work to do in the upcoming draft and the late stages of free agency.
The main area of concern remains at running back after an inauspicious run game plagued the team throughout the 2014 season. At one point, it looked as if RB Andre Ellington might be the long-term answer but durability and injury concerns might be too much for Ellington to overcome.
The Cardinals will have an opportunity to address this weakness in the draft with prospects such as Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley being available with the team’s first-round pick. That said, it wouldn’t be surprising to see GM Steve Keim pass on a running back that early in the draft.
Arizona could also luck out and win the Adrian Peterson sweepstakes as the All-Pro running back’s future is still up in the air. Peterson has been linked with the Cardinals for some time now and would bring instant credibility to Arizona’s ground game.
While the Cardinals shored up a lackluster offensive line already, they’ll still be looking to add depth and youth in the trenches. Keim and coach Bruce Arians will be on the hunt for diamonds in the rough during the draft and still may have their eyes on a veteran free agent or two.
Arguably as important as improving the run game will be boosting Arizona’s pass-rushing unit. The Cardinals need a disruptive edge pass rusher to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks as the team failed to do so on a consistent basis a year ago.
Prospects such as Vic Beasley and Bud Dupree and will be watched closely in the draft and, again, Arizona could also bring in a veteran to fill the void here.
Cardinals still have holes to plug
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