With the Arizona Cardinals offseason moves basically wrapped up the roster is looking locked in for the most part.
That brings to question, what is the biggest hole still remaining on the roster?
According to Football Outsiders, it is an easy one to identify.
Arizona Cardinals: Cornerback
We have been preaching all offseason that cornerback is Arizona’s biggest need, and it remains their biggest need even after the draft and with most free agents off the market. Yes, the Cardinals signed Malcolm Butler away from Tennessee, but he is 31 and has been steadily declining for years. From 2017 to 2019, he failed to make the top 40 cornerbacks in either success rate or yards allowed per target in coverage, per Sports Info Solutions. Last year, he gave up 829 yards on 111 targets, both the highest totals in the league. Robert Alford, the other penciled-in starter, missed all of 2020 with a torn pec after missing all of 2019 with a broken leg. His last healthy season was 2018, when he ranked next to last in both success rate and yards per target. He also turns 33 on Halloween.
Nickelback Byron Murphy has failed to make the top 60 corners in success rate in either of his two pro seasons. No other corner on the roster has meaningful experience; the only depth to speak of consists of a handful of special-teamers and a trio of late-round or undrafted rookies.
I think 99% of fans will agree as well.
It is not that the Cardinals have not addressed the position, it is that there are no known commodities in their prime on the roster, meaning the Cardinals are going in with just a lot of questions for the 2021 NFL season.
If one of Marco Wilson or Tay Gowan can emerge, then things will be better, but for now the question remains.