Pete Prisco, a former Sun Devil and a columnist for CBS Sports, published an article on Tuesday discussing the most overrated and underrated players for each team in the NFL. He described Ndamukong Suh as the most overrated player in the league, stating that all too often he is getting pushed back by offensive linemen that do not have nearly the strength and talent that he does.
For the Arizona Cardinals specifically, Prisco had two players in mind that each had a significant impact on the team last season. He says that Beanie Wells is entirely overrated, while defensive end Calais Campbell is the guy that the Cardinals should be glad they were able to extend.
Beanie has had his struggles with injuries throughout his career so far, but there is no doubting that last season was his best as a pro so far. He finally broke the 1,000 yard barrier and he set the record for most rushing yards in a single game as a Cardinal.
Here is Prisco's reasoning for calling Wells overrated:
I know he's a big back and they've waited for big things, but I just don't see it. And he offers nothing in the passing game. I expect Ryan Williams to steal more carries this season.
As for Calais Campbell, Prisco was much more kind, and for good reason. Campbell led the team in sacks in 2011 and was a constant force both against the run and pass along the defensive line.
He was one of the best 3-4 ends in 2011. He played better than the more heralded Darnell Dockett, which is why the Cardinals signed him to a long-term deal.
With continued dominance by Campbell, who is to say that Dockett will always be the more heralded player? Pretty soon, we might just be thinking of Campbell before any other defensive player when it comes to pass rushing talent.
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