Did you think that offseason grades were done? Sorry. ESPN's Bill Barnwell just finished up giving grades and breaking down each division. His piece on the NFC West grades each of the team and focuses on what went well and what went wrong. He gives the Arizona Cardinals a B+ for their offseason, but notes the mixed bag the offseason has brought.
What went well? He cites the trade for Chandler Jones, an obvious positive. He cites the value the Cardinals got in the trade, calling Jones a "world-class pass rusher." The addition of guard Evan Mathis and first round pick Robert Nkemdiche are also viewed as positives.
Not all went well, according to Barnwell. The offensive line is still thin.
Jared Veldheer and Mike Iupati are locked in on the left side, but Arizona will start new contributors at the remaining three spots along the O-line. Mathis is in at right guard, and the winner of a battle between Boehm and 2015 backup A.Q. Shipley will take over at center, but the most interesting change is at right tackle, where 2015 first-rounder D.J. Humphries will take over for Bobby Massie after having not taken a single snap in anger as a rookie. It's certainly defensible to trot out those options for starting jobs, but there's precious little behind that trio.
The secondary is also an area of concern. He called the cornerback pocition "an issue" and is surprised the Cardinals have not brought in Antonio Cromartie again.
He views Justin Bethel as many fans do -- with little confidence.
He is on point with his analysis, but leaves out the fact the Cardinals are very confident in what Bethel can do at corner. And people should not be as worried about right tackle as people are. Humphries is supposed to be a great talent and Bobby Massie was not the best anyway. He was reliable, but he was up and down in his play.
Do you agree with Barnwell's assessment of the Arizona offseason?