Arizona Cardinals: Biggest Weakness and Strength

Josh BroudyCorrespondent IJune 25, 2010

DETROIT - DECEMBER 20:  Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after making a fourth down stop to take over on downs while playing the Detroit Lions on December 20, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Arizona won the game 31-24.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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For the next 32 days I will be releasing the biggest strength and weakness for every NFL team heading into the season, and training camp specifically. 

I will be doing this alphabetically. To begin the series is the Arizona Cardinals.

Biggest Strength: Defensive Line

Even if Anquan Boldin had stayed with Arizona, I would put the defensive line as Arizona's strongest spot.

Darnell Dockett, who played great last year at defensive end in the 3-4 scheme, is a versatile player that could also play the three technique in a 4-3 scheme.

NT Dan Williams is an incoming rookie, and was considered to be a Top 15 prospect the Cardinals got at No. 26 in the draft.

Williams is a true force against the run, and weighs at around 330 pounds. Williams can possibly play the one technique off the ball, but he excels in the 3-4 scheme.

Calais Campbell is probably a better version of Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson. Campbell had a solid seven sacks a year ago, and is looking to improve on that number. He has unbelievable athletic ability, and covers a lot of ground.

I wouldn't be shocked at all if Campbell puts it all together this season, and becomes a pro bowler.

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The depth is also solid. Alan Branch is a reliable backup to Dockett. 

Other Strengths: WR, S, KR, PR

Biggest Weakness: Cornerback

Contrary to what most people believe, quarterback is not the most pressing issue on this team. It's close, but the cornerback position has a chance to be disastrous in 2010.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a proven commodity at cornerback when healthy. However he does have knee issues and toe issues, although it's likely they won't affect him this season.

The second cornerback spot is where they have potentially major issues. With the trade of Bryant McFadden back to Pittsburgh, it leaves a sizeable hole.

The leading player to win the job is Greg Toler. He was average against the Saints in the playoffs. He has prototypical size, but certainly not even close to the level of skill as Cromartie.

Toler has pretty mediocre speed, and doesn't play much press coverage.

Trumaine McBride played in only one game in 2009. He's a smaller guy, and really has to work at being more physical at the snap of the ball.

Another contender for that second cornerback spot is Michael Adams. He saw extensive work last season. He's more like McBride, but doesn't have as much speed.

There are some training camp bodies worth mentioning like rookies Calvin Jorrick, Marshay Green, AJ Jefferson, and veteran returner Justin Miller.

For as big of a weakness the second starter is, the Cardinals have a pretty easy schedule in terms of WRs. The only teams with proven options are the Falcons, Saints, Vikings, and Cowboys

Other Weaknesses: Quarterback, ILB, OLB, K

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