It's about that time for more draft talk, and by now you should know who the Cardinals will likely take and why. Most mock drafts do update daily, depending on the recent performances by players at their pro days. That brings us to another mock draft round up. We'll start with Walterfootball.com and their five round mock draft. They make an interesting point about the center position. No surprise at the 1st round pick though.
Round 1: Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia - Moreno could add an element that the Cardinals' offense really lacks. Edgerrin James is pretty much done, while Tim Hightower does too much dancing around. Moreno could be an enormous upgrade.
Round 2: Jonathan Luigs, C Arkansas - There's no reason why Lyle Sendlein should be starting again in 2009. He's a capable backup, but it seems like he's good for botching a few snaps or stepping on Kurt Warner's foot every Sunday.
Round 3: Phillip Hunt OLB/DE Houston - No one on the Cardinals had more than five sacks during the regular season. Darnell Dockett stepped up with three sacks in the playoffs, but he's a defensive tackle. Arizona needs help with its exterior pass rush.
Round 4: Shawn Nelson TE Southern Miss - You know you need an upgrade at the tight end position when your starter is a character from Star Trek.
Round 5: Jason Watkins OT Florida - Mike Gandy's contract expires after the 2009 NFL season, and the Cardinals don't really have much depth at tackle anyway.
Round 1: Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia - There are some who feel Moreno is one of the ten best players in this entire draft and in some ways he is similar to Cadillac Williams in that he doesn’t have elite size or speed but makes up for it with outstanding instincts and vision.
Round 2: Eric Wood C Louisville - Al Johnson was a huge free agent bust and Lyle Sendlein isn't the long-term answer.
Round 1: Donald Brown RB Connecticuit - Brown is vastly talented, led the nation in rushing in 2008 with 1,822 yards and 17 TDs. At the combine he ran a 4.51 forty and had the top vertical jump at 41.5.
Round 2: Andy Levitre OG Oregon State - Levitre has the size (6' 2" 308 lbs), experience and ability to play guard in the NFL and was a key cog this year in the emergence of running back Jacquizz Rodgers.
Round 1: Larry English DE Northern Illinois - The Edge has looked pretty good in the post season but he isn’t getting any younger. However, because the top 2 RB’s are off the board I think they get a DE/LB to play opposite Laboy. English could play either 3-4 LB or a 4-3 DE in the 2009 season.
Round 2: Matt Shaugnessy, DE, Wisconsin - The Cardinals get a young experienced DE to help get pressure on the opposing QB and take some pressure off of the QB.
Round 3: Alex Boone, OT, Ohio St. - The Cards get a great Big Man here for the 2009 NFL Season.
Round 4: Ryan Purvis TE Boston College
Round 5: Darryl Richard DT Georgia Tech