Comparing the Arizona Cardinals RBs with the rest of the NFC West

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We last looked at quarterbacks, now it's time we look at the running backs on the NFC West rosters.

Let me first start by saying, my voting comes with as little as possible bias. So it will come as no surprise here that I don't rank the Cardinals number one in the deepest RB core. Let's take a look....

Arizona Cardinals:

Name Age Year
Rashard Mendenhall 26 6
Ryan Williams 23 3
Stepfan Taylor 22 R
Andre Ellington 24 R
William Powell 25 2
Alfonso Smith 26 4

The top is headlined with two guys with injury concerns and rookies who will make their fair share of mistakes. It's hard to say this is not a talented unit, but there are just to many questions surround the top two guys. Powell and Smith, barring injury ahead of them, will find a tough road to the final roster.

Seattle Seahawks:

Name Age Year
Marshawn Lynch 27 7
Robert Turbin 23 2
Derrick Coleman 22 2
Christine Michael 22 R

Probably the top two guys in the NFC West. Turbin last year showed that once Lynch cannot carry the load anymore, he can fill in easily. Lynch to me is scarier than Frank Gore, because he isn't a one trick pony. He can break tackles, he can elude you, he can punch you in the gut, and he can outrun you. This isn't to say Gore isn't a monster. If he gets in the open field you cannot bring the man down. (i.e., the Cardinals)

St. Louis Rams:

Name Age Year
Isaiah Pead 23 2
Terrance Ganaway 24 2
Chase Reynolds 25 1
Eric Stevens 23 R
Zac Stacy 22 R
Daryl Richardson 23 2
Benny Cunningham 22 R

This unit is filled with potential. Pead, who split time with Jackson a lot last year, is a solid back. Will he replace the great Steven Jackson? No. But he can be a really good starter in the NFL. The rest of the guys on the roster have potential, no doubt, that's why they're in the NFL. Some won't make it, but Stevens, and Richardson are guys I would keep and eye on.

San Francisco 49ers:

Name Age Year
Frank Gore 30 9
LaMichael James 23 2
Kendall Hunter 24 3
Anthony Dixon 25 4
Jewel Hampton 23 2
D.J. Harper 23 R
Marcus Lattimore 21 R

Gore is still a premier back in the NFL, James is a monster, Hunter and Dixon are solid backs. Those guys will be on the roster this season. Lattimore will find his way to the IR, which is expected, and Hampton and Harper can either be put on the PS or be cut. To me the Niners have the best RB unit in the NFC West, let alone the NFL.

So, the Cardinals were number one in quarterback depth, and I will rank them as third in running back depth, due only to the fact that Mendenhall has more experience than the guys on the St. Louis roster.

QB: #1

RB: #3

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