Cards Bolster Defense With DE Calais Campbell

GM Rod Graves continues to add new toys for defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast to play with. The team added some size to its front seven by selecting massive defensive end Calais Campbell in round two. Campbell has the size to hold up in a 3-4 scheme and provides the team with leverage in case Darnell Dockett continues to hold out.

Ken Whisenhunt is an offensive coach, but the Cardinals clearly subscribe to the theory that defense wins championships. After filling out the secondary with the addition of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in round one, Arizona fortified its defensive line by drafting Miami's Calais Campbell in round two.

The Cardinals hope that their first two picks help make each other better. Cambell will be asked to rush quarterbacks into tossing hurried throws in the direction of Rodgers-Cromartie.

Campbell is the kind of hybrid defensive lineman known to thrive in the 3-4 defense. He has the size (6'7", 290 pounds) and power to command double-teams, which will free up the linebackers behind him to flow to the ball. He also has the speed to get to the quarterback, netting 16.5 sacks over the last two seasons.

Campbell will be part of a deep platoon of defensive ends in Arizona's defense. He will play behind Pro Bowler Darnell Dockett and up-and-comer Antonio Smith. Veteran Bryan Robinson also joined the group earlier this month.

Campell's role in the rotation will depend on Dockett's situation. Dockett is currently holding out in pursuit of a new contract. Campell gives the Cardinals insurance in case Dockett fails to report. And if Dockett does show up, the Cardinals will rival the Seattle Seahawks for the best defensive line in the NFC West.

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