If we think about positions where a potential starter will be needed this year or next, it may give a clue as to where the Cards may spend some of thier early drafts. Obviously RB, and likely OLB, will be needed this and next year. I am starting to think that NT might be one of those positions as well. With the Cards wanting to be more true to "3-4 principles" as Whiz said it, they need a presence in the middle. Branch is a well documented disappointment, and Watson's knee still isn't right. He may need to go in for surgury again in order to be ready for training camp. A solid NT would provide flexibility elsewhere along the DL as well. Looking at the draft there are some options at this position but not a lot. Raji will be long gone by 31. Brace could be a good 63 pick but he may also be gone. Here are 3 other options that may be attractive. They all come from small schools.
Chris Baker (Hampton. 6'2" 326.) Ran a 5.02 and had a 35.5 verticle at the combine! That is a lot of weight getting off the ground.
Sammie Lee Hill (Stillman. 6'4" 329.) Ran 5.11. Great summary of him on the home page.
Terrance Knighton (Temple. 6'3" 317.) 4.93 at his pro day. Good talent but is right on the edge of looking like a DE/DT instead of NT.
Just some more names to throw into the mix as we try and read the tea leaves in order to predict the draft. I am ready for the draft to be over so we can quick speculating about what might be and start analyzing what is.