Here is a list by position of the Cardinals’ 1st and 2nd year players and how they were acquired:
LT 79-Cunningham, Korey 18/7
LG 66-Miles, Joshua 19/7
RG 70-Gossett, Colby P/Min
Positions Given Recent Priority in the Draft: QB, WR, DE, CB, S
Depth Addressed in Later Rounds and with UCFAs with the hope of finding gems:
QB—-Could Chad Kanoff or Drew Anderson emerge as a QB2 in 2020?
TE—-Is Caleb Wilson a keeper?
LB—-Are Dennis Gardeck and/or Zeke Turner keepers?
CB—-Are Chris Jones and/or Deatrich Nichols keepers or will the Cardinals search the waiver wire?
Depth Most in Question: OL, DT, OLB/Rush, ILB, CB
With regard to projecting success and growth over the next three years, ESPN ranked the Cardinals as the #30 team in the NFL.
Right now, it is difficult for any pundit to predict what kind of success the Cardinals can have this year, next year and beyond. After the Cardinals pulled their unprecedented reset after the abysmal 2018 season, it would be hard to imagine any pundit sticking his neck out at this point in favor of what the Cardinals are doing.
But—-I can tell you this—-there are a number of pundits who have a sneaking suspicion that the Cardinals are now on a fast track (literally and figuratively) for getting back into contention.
Because they recognize the young talent on the roster.
Practically half of the Cardinals current roster is comprised of 1st and 2nd year players.
By my count, I believe very strongly that 20+ have a great chance to make the 53 Man Roster:
QB (1): Murray
WR (4): Kirk, Isabella, Butler, Johnson
TE (1): Wilson
OL (5): Cunningham, Cole, Gossett, Gaillard, Myles
DT (1): Dogbe
DE (1): Allen
Rush (1): Malveaux
LB (2): Gardeck, Turner
CB (2): Murphy, Jones
S (2): D. Thompson, J. Thompson
Plus—-in terms of special teams, don’t count out WR Trent Sherfield, LB Dante Booker, CB Deatrich Nichols and S Tyler Sigler.
On paper, there is potential star power here.
What’s encouraging is the added focus and attention that Kliff Kingsbury and his staff are giving the young players. The staff appears to be very excited about the youth movement.
As Cardinals’ fans have learned, talent on paper is one thing—-developing the talent is another.
The great challenge for any coaching staff is turning potential into impressive production.
Have you ever been more excited to see young Cardinals in action?
Just admit it!