NFC West: Rashad Barksdale

Closer look at NFC West need areas

June, 16, 2010
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Insider subscribers can check out Mel Kiper's look Insider at where NFC West teams have helped themselves, where they still need help and which player could help them in the 2011 NFL draft.

I'll focus on Kiper's thoughts regarding the Cardinals. He thinks first-round choice Dan Williams will help Darnell Dockett become even better, but Kiper wonders whether the Cardinals should have done more at cornerback. The team is showing faith in second-year pro Greg Toler after his strong showing in relief against New Orleans in the playoffs. Michael Adams is also a factor at the position.

The Cardinals' track record in developing younger players such as Calais Campbell has earned them the benefit of the doubt in some cases. I see Kiper's point and question whether the Cardinals have enough quality depth at the position. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is coming off a Pro Bowl season and knee surgery. He's the only cornerback on the team to start a regular-season game last season. An injury to Rodgers-Cromartie, Toler or Adams would seemingly put Arizona in a tough spot.

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