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Number Fire talks Arizona Cardinals 2017 NFL Draft needs

The analytics site has some interesting takes on the Arizona Cardinals draft needs.

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With the NFL offseason here, every site is getting into the opinion business of what every teams needs are heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.

One such site is Number Fire, which has a vast array of information available, whether you are looking in season, offseason or especially for fantasy football.

Well, they are diving into the pool of NFL Draft information as well, and they gave their opinions on the Arizona Cardinals biggest needs for the 2017 NFL Draft.

To read the whole article on why the Cardinals biggest needs are QB, WR, interior offensive line and cornerback, check it out here.

One line from the story especially caught my eye:

One year after utter dominance, the Arizona Cardinals’ offense completely fell apart... Quarterback Carson Palmer nearly retired this offseason and led just the 16th-best passing offense in the league last year. The Cardinals need to assess the future of their signal-caller position sooner rather than later.

We heard the excuses all season about the Cardinals offense.

I hypothesized after their loss to Carolina in the NFC Championship Game that without a move towards a more David Johnson focused offense, the Cardinals would struggle, that came to fruition in 2016.

It is the same for 2017. The Arizona Cardinals need to gear their offense more towards the skills of running back David Johnson, but to blame Carson Palmer for the offensive failure is a lazy narrative, and everyone knows that I am no Palmer apologist.

He can only do what the Cardinals ask him to do, but it was evident last year that the Cardinals can win football games with Carson Palmer still. Do they need a new quarterback? Sure, 85% of the teams in the NFL, including the Steelers, Saints and Chargers do, but I maintain that no quarterback outside of Ben Roethlisger or Andrew Luck would be better for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 than Carson Palmer...

Now, 2018 and beyond, that is a different story.