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NFL.com predicts Arizona Cardinals starting defense in 2021

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The Arizona Cardinals offensive starters was predicted by NFL.com as was their defensive starter.

The Cardinals offense had a couple of surprise starters on it from Gregg Rosenthal, now what does he see on the defense?

Any surprises?

Let’s take a look.

DE - J.J. Watt
DE - Zach Allen
OLB - Chandler Jones
ILB - Isaiah Simmons
ILB - Zaven Collins
OLB - Markus Golden
CB - Malcolm Butler
CB - Robert Alford
CB - Byron Murphy
S - Budda Baker
S - Jalen Thompson

That is a lean group up front. Not saying you have to have a bunch of 300+ lbs guys in there, but you wonder how much they’ll be able to stop the run with this unit against an NFC West that loves to run the football.

The corner unit stands out as well, because the assumption of Robert Alford starting seems like a stretch at this point, but maybe he gives them one year.

What are your thoughts?