After a dreadful 2012 and an offseason of changes for the Arizona Cardinals, early prognostications very from terrible to average. Neil Hornsby from Pro Football Focus has taken a look at each player that starts for each NFL and has given them a grade, labeling them anywhere from "poor" to "elite."
In his evaluation of the Arizona Cardinals, you might be surprised at the labels.
In the breakdown of the 22 offensive and defensive starters, it looks like an average group. There are two elite players -- receiver Larry Fitzgerald and defensive end Calais Campbell. That would be completely fair.
Hornsby graded one player as "poor" -- receiver Andre Roberts. PFF credits him with 10 drops on the season and one of the lowest yards per route run in the league. Whether that is fair or not is to be discussed.
What you might find the most interesting is how he graded the offensive line. Considering how poor they played last season, you would expect low grades. That was not the case. While rookie Jonathan Cooper was only graded with the "rookie" label (he hasn't actually done anything), Bobby Massie was called above average and Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlein and Daryn Colledge all were graded as average. Should we expect at least average play in 2013? That would be great.
Here is how the grades went overall:
Elite: Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell
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