Arizona must continue to progress in all aspects on defense but upgrading the pass rush could benefit multiple areas simultaneously. Less time in the pocket for opposing quarterbacks will translate to better play in the secondary. Furthermore, as both of those areas get better, the Cardinals will be able to devote more resources towards stopping the run.
Of the potential candidates to break out as a pass-rushing specialist, rookie Cody Brown could be considered the most logical choice. Given the Cardinals' depth and experience, Brown will be able to focus exclusively on rushing the passer. Of the veterans, Okeafor is due to increase his sack total as is Clark Haggans and Berry is still in the mix.
Collaboratively, Arizona has a sufficient group of pass rushers, but at least one player must step forward as a constant threat. Dansby and Dockett have already developed into leaders but are all-around performers that uphold multiple duties on defense. That leaves and handful of veterans and an incoming rookie as the best possibilities for the Cardinals.
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