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Arizona Cardinals Open Draft Thread

Bad, Disappointing, Disgusting loss = Don't want to talk about it

I know I'm not the only one out there who'd rather just sweep yesterday's patchetic showing by the Cardinals under the rug and move on. With that in mind (and since we haven't had a draft thread in a while), I thought we could talk a little NFL draft......

(And no this doesn't mean that I'm giving up on the season or don't think we're playoff bound, I'd just rather focus on something else right now (call it a rebound-topic)).

Needs (IMO, in no particular order):

Offensive Tackle: First, Mike Gandy will be a free agent after this season so they'll have to decide if he's worth resigning and there's always the talk of Levi Brown (hopefully) moving to guard. Either way you look at this an upgrade is needed at the tackle position very soon.

Inside Linebacker: The big question here is Karlos Dansby. If he stays then there's no need and we move on. If he leaves (as expected) this might just be the biggest need heading into the draft.

Outside Linebacker: Chike Okeafor is a free agent after this season and Clark Haggans isn't exactly a force as a pass rusher. Hopefully Cody Brown can step into one starting spot next year but we need another bona-fide pass rusher to groom on the other side, if not a guy who can start immediately. 

Nose Tackle: The big question here is Gabe Watson. If he's a future starter at nose tackle then the need is dimished a great deal but so far the big man hasn't wrestled the starting job away from veteran Bryan Robinson and he's registered a grand total of nine tackles in seven games.

Offensive Guard: While I won't pretend to make you guys think that I'm breaking down game tape of the offensive line, especially the interior line, I think it's fairly obvious to most that the offensive line is one of the weak spots of this team. It might take an incredible value for them to use an early round pick on a guard but I think it's possible.

Guys who interest me (again in no particular order):

  • Jerry Hughes (6-3, 257): You know that one guy every year that you fall in love with and desperately hope your team drafts....meet my man crush of 2090-2010. Hughes, a defensive end from TCU, was among the nation's leaders in sacks (15), tackles for loss (19.5) and forced fumbles (6) last season and he's wreaking havoc again this year (nine sacks through eight games). The former running back is a quick off the ball and can obviously move in space. The best news is that he's only been on the defensive side of the ball for four years so he's still getting better. Projected Round: Late 1st - Mid 2nd
  • Brandon Spikes or Rolando McClain (6-3, 256 & 6-4, 248): If you're looking for Karlos Dansby's replacement in the first round, look no further than either of these two guys. Spikes might have been the first ILB drafted last season if he'd have come out but he chose to return to Florida and despite an injury that's caused him to miss 2 1/2 games he's doing solid work again this year. McClain already plays in a 3-4 at Alabama so he might be a better fit for Arizona and he's more athletic than Spikes. Both are very productive and could be day one starters.
  • Phil Taylor (6-4, 355): If he choose's to come out, Taylor could be a mid-round option with the potential to grow into a future starting nose tackle. The big man transferred from Penn State to Baylor and has had a decent season even though some expected quite a bit more from him. He still leads the Baylor defense in QB hurries and has blocked two kicks which is impressive considering he's basically a space eater.

Ok your turn......what are the Cardinals biggest draft needs? What players have caught your eye so far?

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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