Training Camp Preview: Cardinals

Biggest Question Mark: Matt Leinart
Leinart has all the talent to be an elite quarterback. Since DraftAce launched in 2004, he remains the highest-rated quarterback I’ve scouted and I stand by everything I said about him at the time. But what I, nor anyone else, expected was his lack of work ethic. In hindsight it makes sense, he partied it up at USC and continued in Arizona. With Kurt Warner gone, it’s time for Leinart to grow up and finally live up to his potential.

TEMPE, AZ - MAY 2 :  Cody Brown #52 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in a drill during a team minicamp at the team training facility on May 2, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan Willey/Getty Images)

Cody Brown could crack the Cards' starting lineup

Position Battle to Watch: Outside Linebacker
With Chike Okeafor and Bertrand Berry gone, the Cardinals defense will have a different look. Joey Porter and Clark Haggans enter training camp as the favorites, but 2009 2nd-round pick Cody Brown will be fighting for a job. He suffered a broken wrist in training camp last season and missed the entire year. If he can stay healthy, he’ll push Haggans for the starting role.

Impact Rookie: Dan Williams
Williams won’t win rookie of the year because nose tackles don’t generate much attention, but he may prove to be the most valuable rookie this season. He’ll be expected to start from day one. If he lives up to expectations, the Cardinals will have one of the most dominant defensive lines in the game with Williams, Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell.

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Ryan launched DraftAce in 2004. His Top 100 board is currently ranked 1st out of 20 publications in The Huddle Report's five-year averages. His mock draft is ranked 10th out of 32 competitors.You can also find Ryan's weekly Heisman Predictor series on ESPN Insider every fall.