Cardinals excited about versatility in rookie CB Marco Wilson

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The Arizona Cardinals used two of their Day 3 selections in the 2021 draft on cornerbacks Marco Wilson and Tay Gowan. While both are exciting players, they see them being used differently.

One reason why the Cardinals are very excited about Wilson, the player they feel is the steal of their draft, is the potential to play well either at cornerback or in the slot.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury elaborated when he spoke to reporters after Friday’s rookie minicamp.

“Marco has played both (outside and inside),” he said. “Marco, we like either/or, which is exciting. That gives you Byron Murphy, who we feel like can play at a high level inside or outside, and Marco as well.”

General manager Steve Keim said earlier in the offseason that finding defensive backs who can excel in the slot is more difficult. This would explain why they are so high on Wilson.

Gowan, drafted in the sixth round, is viewed as “definitely an outside guy.” Kingsbury described him as “long” and “really fast,” noting that Gowan played outside in college.

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