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Arizona Cardinals not looking to add veteran CB, but seek 'long, fast one' in NFL Draft

Bruce Arians content with the guys he has right now.

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With the moves in free agency the Arizona Cardinals have done, there is one position where the team is not really looking to add -- cornerback. Head coach Bruce Arians is apparently pleased with the players he has overall.

Patrick Peterson will start. Jerraud Powers and Justin Bethel will battle for the other starting job. Either Powers or Tyrann Mathieu will play in the slot, one would imagine. After that, the Cardinals have a number of young corners on the roster.

Would Arians like to add a veteran corner in free agency? "No, not at all," he told reporters at breakfast.

How about drafting a cornerback? That's another story.

"I'd really like to have a young one," he continued. "A young, long, fast one because I think we have enough depth with the guys we have. But we'd like to get another young one."

Arians looks for speed and length is important, at least for his outside corners.

Perhaps this could signal the Cardinals taking a guy like LSU's Jalen Collins in the first round. He is long and fast, and he has a very high ceiling. He is considered raw, so he would need a little development, but Arians already said he is good with the players he has right now.

Collins wouldn't have to step in immediately and start.

That isn't to say the Cardinals won't add another veteran player to the mix. They just don't see it as necessary, which is interesting.

They really don't have a lot of experienced depth. They have Peterson and Powers who have experience starting. Mathieu played significant time in the slot in 2013. After that, there isn't much pro cornerback experience.

Is Arians to be believed here?