3. Damarious Randall
2017 Base Salary: $1,154,612.00 Cap Hit: $2,158,836.00
Randall’s legendary regression in Year 2 went beyond your garden-variety sophomore slump with opposing quarterbacks completing 63.6-percent of their passes and 10 touchdowns against the 2015 first-round pick, as per PFF, who totaled 10 starts.
No. 23 was terribly miscast in the role of the defense’s No. 1 cornerback following Sam Shield’s season-ending injury with receivers regularly eating up yards against Randall’s excessive cushion he conceded in man coverage.
The young cover man’s lack of physicality was also evident in run support where he would often take on the role of pile inspector by shying away from making tackles and letting his teammates take care of the heavy lifting.
To boot, Randall often seemed unprepared, as he would routinely fall into the trap of getting caught inside on big runs to the perimeter.
By season’s end, you could tell the one-time Arizona State Sun Devil was playing with zero confidence.
The coaching staff will have their hands full in resurrecting the career of this reclamation project that has youth and his first-round pedigree working in his favor.