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Projected 2014 starters: Arizona Cardinals

Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series breakdown.

Arizona Cardinals Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
DT
WR1
DE
WR2
OLB
WR3
ILB
TE
ILB
LT
OLB
LG
CB1
C
CB2
RG
SS
RT
FS

» The Cardinals look more like the Seattle Seahawks every year. First-round draft pick Deone Bucannon should be an immediate starter. General manager Steve Keim indicated to NFL Media's Adam Schein on "Mad Dog Sports Radio" that Bucannon was Arizona's answer to Kam Chancellor, the enforcer roaming Seattle's secondary. Bucannon will be paired with coverage safety Tyrann Mathieu. We like Bucannon's style; he could be a dark horse for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

» Second-round pick tight end Troy Niklas could be a huge asset as a blocking tight end. He could "start" sooner than later if the Cardinals open games in run-heavy packages. The drafting of Niklas is another sign that coach Bruce Arians isn't looking for his tight ends to catch many passes. That's why wideout Ted Ginn is essentially a starter. Speedy third-round pick John Brown could replace Ginn in the slot in 2015.

» Linebacker Kevin Minter was last year's second-round pick. He has big shoes to fill stepping into the starting lineup for Karlos Dansby, who departed the Cardinals via free agency.

» The Cardinals have one of the best defensive backfields in the league. Their defensive line is fierce. But the outside linebacker position is a weakness. They can't expect John Abraham to be as productive this season, and Matt Shaughnessy would be better off as a reserve.

» The left side of the offensive line goes from a huge position of weakness last season to a strength with the addition of Jared Veldheer and the healthy return of last year's top-10 pick, Jonathan Cooper.

» Top to bottom, this is an extremely talented starting lineup. It would be a Super Bowl-contending squad if it received better quarterback play.

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