With several free-agent veterans acquired this offseason, the Cardinals linebacking corps is loaded with experience and talent. Rookie OLB Chris Harrington has the best chance of the first-year players to lock-up a spot, leaving fellow rookie Ali Highsmith with an uphill battle during training camp. However, due to Highsmith's impressive minicamp performance, the Cardinals may be forced to find room for him.
Also in the mix at linebacker is second-year player David Holloway. Holloway is an excellent fit in the 3-4 defense and already has a year of experience in the Cardinals scheme. His ability to rush the passer off the edge could be well utilized by defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
The Cardinals secondary features outstanding playmakers but is very thin on depth. Incumbent starters at cornerback, Roderick Hood and Eric Green, should prove to be an adequate combination. Questions arise after Hood and Green as rookie Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is the only solidified backup.
CB Ralph Brown
With the return of SS Adrian Wilson and former cornerback Antrel Rolle moving to free safety, the team is set at the safety position. Further solidifying the Cardinals last line of defense is up-and-coming SS Aaron Francisco. Francisco was excellent in relief of Wilson last season and will continue to provide outstanding depth.
Veteran Oliver Celestin will back-up Rolle at free safety, leaving Matt Ware and rookie Dennis Keyes scrambling for a potential spot on the practice squad. Ware is a four-year NFL veteran that the Cardinals are comfortable with while Keyes displays excellent potential in the secondary.