The Arizona Cardinals play in the most competitive division in the NFL with arguably the two best teams in the entire NFC.
With that being said, the Cardinals roster is much more talented from top to bottom heading into the 2013 campaign than it was at any juncture of 2012.
Carson Palmer was a major upgrade at the quarterback position, and his strong arm should be accentuated in Bruce Arians' vertical passing offense.
When healthy, Rashard Mendenhall brings quite the size and speed combination to the running back position, while rookies Stepfan Taylor and the speedy Andre Ellington should bring further stability to the backfield.
First-round pick Jonathan Cooper possesses All-Pro potential at the guard spot. Lorenzo Alexander and Jasper Brinkley should help the linebacking corps. Rookie Kevin Minter has the makings of being a tackling machine in the NFL, too.
Meanwhile, Tyrann Mathieu could become a menace in the turnover department.
Combine the newcomers with Patrick Peterson, Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell and Larry Fitzgerald, and it's easy to see why the Cardinals have a legitimate chance to be vastly improved in 2013.
While they'd still be considered a long shot to make the playoffs, they've made plenty of shrewd offseason moves that could keep them in the postseason discussion into December.