That said, they may look to add some talent in the linebacker corps, another strong area for the Cardinals (not this year so much, but the inside linebackers — Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington — made up the identity of that defense in 2013). Having a solid middle of the field there is huge for Bowles, so that could end up being priority number one.
Additionally, as with any team, they’ll look to add some pass rushing help on the outside. This could start a run on outside linebackers — Dante Fowler, Vic Beasley, Bud Dupree, among others — and have effects on the later part of the round.
I’d expect the Jets to look hard at cornerbacks in both free agency and the draft.
One exciting thing for the Jets going into this year is their talent on the defensive line, and Bowles will have some fun working with Muhammed Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and a few others in implementing his scheme, but I wouldn’t rule out another investment at defensive end. Strength on strength on strength.
As for the offense, scheme and philosophical changes under new coordinator Chan Gailey could have huge reverberations on the rest of the draft because New York may feel they need to select a quarterback early in the draft. Regime changes haven’t always been easy on young quarterbacks that were selected by the previous group. This would obviously be an interesting bombshell.
At the core of Arizona’s elite defense last year was an excellent front that featured Calais Campbell, but their secondary consisted of a deep stable of playmakers. With Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, Tyrann Mathieu, Deone Buchannon, Justin Bethel, and more ranging about, Bowles was able to effectively institute what he wanted. Execution is big, after all.