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Arizona Cardinals' Most Under and Overrated Offseason Additions

Andrew NordmeierContributor IIIJuly 1, 2013

Arizona Cardinals' Most Under and Overrated Offseason Additions

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    The Arizona Cardinals have made a plethora of moves in the offseason. Some of them can work out well, while others have the chance to be complete flops. 

    We'll look at both the NFL draft as well as free-agent signings and coaching changes for this article. 

    Start the slide show below to see who could be considered overrated and underrated in the additions that Arizona made. 

Underrated: Javier Arenas

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    Javier Arenas came to Arizona in the trade that sent fullback Anthony Sherman to Kansas City

    Arenas, while undersized, should be a solid addition in nickel and dime packages. He also posted a career-best 60 tackles and forced two fumbles. 

    Arenas should be able to give the Cardinals a boost in pass coverage when they take on teams like New Orleans and Indianapolis this season. 

Overrated: Todd Bowles

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    Bruce Arians' decision to bring in Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator gave Arizona an overrated coach with limited experience in that role. 

    His last team also didn't have much success on defense. The Eagles went 1-8 when he replaced Juan Castillo in the middle of last season and allowed at least 28 points in each of those losses. 

    Not only did Arizona bring on an overrated defensive coordinator; they also lost the underrated Ray Horton when he took that same position in Cleveland

Underrated: Rashard Mendenhall

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    Rashard Mendenhall signed with Arizona as a free agent and is an underrated acquisition. 

    Mendenhall missed several games at the start of last season as he continued to recover from a knee injury suffered in the regular season finale of the 2011-12 season. 

    With Bruce Arians' coaching philosophy, Mendenhall has a chance to thrive as the lead back for Arizona and recapture the form of past seasons, when he was one of the best young backs in football. 

Overrated: Chilo Rachal

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    Arizona signed former Chicago guard Chilo Rachal to boost the offensive line's depth, but Rachal is overrated. 

    Rachal has difficulty run blocking and could have a hard time with the Arizona's opposition in 2013. He had a rough game with the Bears against San Francisco last season, and now the chance is there that it could happen twice more this season. 

Underrated: William Powell

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    Arizona re-signed William Powell and kept an underrated back on the roster. 

    Powell ran for 217 yards on 60 carries and caught 19 passes for 132 yards last season for Arizona. He gives the team a proven back who can stay healthy, produce when called on and be a threat in both the run and pass games. 

    He'll have a fight on his hands to get playing time, but Powell could be an effective weapon if he were on the field more often. 

Overrated: Ryan Swope

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    Ryan Swope has the feel of an overrated wide receiver. He's missed most of OTAs with lingering effects of concussions suffered at Texas A&M. 

    The concussions knocked down his draft stock as well as impacted his position on the depth chart. 

    He's got the speed to succeed but needs to get healthy enough to prove that he can make it at the NFL level. 

Underrated: Tyrann Mathieu

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    Tyrann Mathieu became a member of the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the NFL draft and is an underrated player. 

    He's been able to show that he's more than a kick return specialist. He's shown he can fit in as a nickel back as he's had that role at times in minicamp. Mathieu has been able to keep himself on the straight and narrow so far. 

    When you put it all together, he's underrated and should have a sizeable impact in 2013. 

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