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State of the Franchise: Arizona Cardinals

Breaking down the Arizona Cardinals depth chart heading into the 2022 season by looking at PFF grades and contract situations. Where the team is now, and what they still need to do.
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ARIZONA CARDINALS COACHING STAFF

HC: Kliff KINGSBURY
OC: Sean KUGLER
DC: Vance JOSEPH
ST: Jeff RODGERS

ARIZONA CARDINALS OFFENSIVE DEPTH CHART

QB, Kyler MURRAY

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 84.0
  • Contract – Kyler Murray signed a 4 year [2019-2023*], $35,658,014 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
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RB, James CONNER

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 82.9
  • Contract – James Conner signed a 3 year [2022-2024], $21,000,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals
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WR, DeAndre HOPKINS

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 79.8
  • Contract – DeAndre Hopkins signed a 2 year [2023-2024], $54,500,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
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WR, A.J. GREEN

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 69.2
  • Contract – A.J. Green signed a 1 year [2022], – contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
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WR, Mondale MOORE

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 71.2
  • Contract – Rondale Moore signed a 4 year [2021-2024], $6,924,241 contract with the Arizona Cardinal.

TE, Zach ERTZ

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 66.9
  • Contract – Zach Ertz signed a 3 year [2022-2024], $31,650,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

LT, D.J. HUMPHRIES

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 67.8
  • Contract – D.J. Humphries signed a 3 year [2020-2022], $43,750,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

LG, Justin PUGH

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 66.4
  • Contract – Justin Pugh signed a 5 year [2018-2022], $44,775,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

C, Rodney HUDSON

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 60.9
  • Contract – Rodney Hudson signed a 3 year [2021-2023], $30,000,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

RG, Will HERNANDEZ

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 55.9
  • Contract – Will Hernandez signed a 1 year [2022], $1,187,500 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

RT, Kelvin BEACHUM

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 63.4
  • Contract – Kelvin Beachum signed a 2 year [2021-2022], $4,000,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bench Depth

QB: Colt McCoy, Trace McSorley
RB: Eno Benjamin, Jonathan Ward, Jaylen Samuels
WR: Antoine Wesley, Greg Dortch, Andy Isabella, Andre Baccellia
TE: Maxx Williams, Stephen Anderson, David Wells
LT: Joshua Miles, Koda Martin
LG: Sean Harlow, Danny Isidora
C: Marcus Henry
RG: Justin Murray
RT: Josh Jones

ARIZONA CARDINALS DEFENSIVE DEPTH CHART

LDE, J.J. WATT

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 79.0
  • Contract – J.J. Watt signed a 2 year [2021-2022], $28,000,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

NT, Rashard LAWRENCE

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 62.7
  • Contract – Rashard Lawrence signed a 4 year [2020-2023], $3,979,084 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

RDE, Zach ALLEN

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 58.7
  • Contract – Zach Allen signed a 4 year [2019-2022], $4,293,762 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

WLB, Dennis GARDECK

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 67.9
  • Contract – Dennis Gardeck signed a 3 year [2022-2024], $10,000,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

LILB, Zaven COLLINS

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 69.3
  • Contract – Zaven Collins signed a 4 year [2021-2025*], $14,690,257 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

RILB, Isaiah SIMMONS

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 51.0
  • Contract – Isaiah Simmons signed a 4 year [2020-2024*], $20,664,055 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

SLB, Markus GOLDEN

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 73.5
  • Contract – Markus Golden signed a 2 year [2021-2022], $5,000,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

LCB, Byron MURPHY

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 59.7
  • Contract – Byron Murphy signed a 4 year [2019-2022], $7,989,498 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

SS, Jalen THOMPSON

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 68.2
  • Contract – Jalen Thompson signed a 4 year [2019-2022], $2,862,920 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

FS, Budda BAKER

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 65.0
  • Contract – Budda Baker signed a 4 year [2021-2024], $59,000,000 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

RCB, Marco WILSON

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 52.9
  • Contract – Marco Wilson signed a 4 year [2021-2024], $4,130,380 contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bench Depth

DE: Michael Dogbe, Leki Fotu, Matt Dickerson, Jonathan Ledbetter
NT: —
LB: Nick Vigil, Tanner Vallejo, Devon kennard, Ezekiel Turner, Joe Walker, Victor Dimukeje
CB: Jeff Gladney, Breon Borders, Jace Whittaker, Nate Brooks
S: Deionte Thompson, James Wiggins, Javon Hagan

Team Needs 2022

OFFENSE

Average PFF Grade: 69.9

Expiring contracts: A.J. Green (WR), D.J. Humphries (LT), Justin Pugh (LG), Will Hernandez (RG), Kelvin Beachum (RT)

Below average PFF grades: A.J. Green (69.2), Zach Ertz (66.9), D.J. Humphries (67.8), Justin Pugh (66.4), Rodney Hudson (60.9), Will Hernandez (55.9), Kelvin Beachum (63.4)


DEFENSE

Average PFF Grade: 64.4

Expiring contracts: J.J. Watt (LDE), Zach Allen (RDE), Markus Golden (SLB), Byron Murphy (LCB), Jalen Thompson (SS)

Below average PFF grades: Rashard Lawrence (62.7), Zach Allen (58.7), Isaiah Simmons (51.0), Byron Murphy Jr. (59.7), Marco Wilson (52.9)

Draft Picks 2022

1st round: No. 23
2nd round: No. 55
3rd round: No. 87
6th round: No. 201 
6th round: No. 215
7th round: No. 242
7th round: No. 256
7th round: No. 257

Cap Space 2022

Draft Strategy 2022

Low PFF grades: RILB (51.0), RCB (52.9), RG (55.9), RDE (58.7), LCB (59.7)

Expiring contracts: WR (69.2), LT (67.8), LG (66.4), RG (55.9), RT (63.4), LDE (79.0), RDE (58.7), SLB (73.5), LCB (59.7), SS (68.2)

2022 NFL Draft Top Prospects: DEFENSIVE PLAYERSWRS, OL, TES, QBS, RBS

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