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Bleacher Report ranks Arizona Cardinals as 14th best defense in NFL

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After the offseason the Arizona Cardinals have had in 2021 it is obvious they felt the need to address the defense.

They did so not only in free agency, but also in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Bleacher Report did a power rankings of each defense after the offseason, and they have the Arizona Cardinals ranked 14th, and the second best in the NFC West.

From B/R:

2020 Points-Allowed Rank: No. 12

2020 Yards-Allowed Rank: No. 13

The Arizona Cardinals’ offseason moves made it abundantly clear that they are done rebuilding and ready to seriously contend in 2021.

After narrowly missing the playoffs, the Cardinals paid several key veterans to push them over the edge this coming season. The team now features one of the most proven and experienced pass-rushing combinations the league has to offer in Chandler Jones and J.J. Watt, who elected to sign in Arizona following his release by the Texans.

The Cardinals secured one of the most intriguing rookie prospects in this class when they selected Zaven Collins at No. 16 overall. The Tulsa product is listed as a linebacker, but he’s an incredible athlete who can line up all over the field and make plays in every facet of the game.

Arizona still needs a quality corner to get to the next level after losing a pair of starters in Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick. The squad inked Malcolm Butler after he was cut by Tennessee, but must bolster a position that doesn’t have much talent outside of Robert Alford—who hasn’t played a snap since 2018 due to injuries—and 2019 second-round pick Byron Murphy.

The Cardinals have made it a priority to surround Isaiah Simmons and newly drafted Collins with veteran talent.

Now the question is can the veterans stay healthy and can Simmons and Collins get up to speed quick enough?

What do you think?