With the 2018 season right around the corner, Pro Football Focus continues their trek through the positional group rankings.
Now, they are on the secondaries.
The Arizona Cardinals have a nice group, but with the way Pro Football Focus grades and coming off what they considered a down year for Patrick Peterson, they find themselves in the second half of teams in the league.
19. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Projected starting lineup:
Starting cornerback: Patrick Peterson, 79.6 grade
Safety: Antoine Bethea, 86.7
Safety: Budda Baker, 84.5
Starting cornerback: Jamar Taylor, 74.0
Nickel cornerback: Bene Benwikere, 76.7
Luckily for the Cardinals, the starting spot across from Peterson is one of the easiest jobs in the NFL. Unluckily for them, they lost Tramon Williams this offseason and have little hope of replacing his production from a season ago. They traded for Taylor this offseason from Cleveland, but there was a reason why the talent-needy Browns were willing to part ways with the former second-round pick. Taylor allowed 69.3 percent of his targets to be completed a season ago and has allowed a passer rating of 111.4 in his coverage for his career.
The Cardinals are banking on a turn up for Taylor and Benwikere, with Budda Baker taking his part time play and filling it in a full-time capacity. Does Bethea continue to turn back the clock? Finally, does Patrick Peterson, in the eyes of PFF, get back to being among the top corners in the game.
Meanwhile, the rest of the NFC West ranks as follows:
21. Seattle Seahawks