As you can imagine there's plenty of draft talk going on this week. The Cardinals will undoubtedly be taking a defender on Thursday night, the question is - who will it be? Another question is whether or not the Cardinals will take a player based on need or if they are the best available. Alsot tune into NFL Network today at 4:00 PM Arizona time for the release of the regular season schedule. We'll find out whether or not the Cardinals have any interesting prime time games.
Graves: Cardinals could move up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike Sando quotes Rod Graves discussing moving up in the 1st round on Thursday. It sounds like it could be a real possibility but move up to draft who? McClain?
Draft Could Be An Inside Job
Darren Urban discusses the Cardinals needs at linebacker. Clearly, inside linebacker is most important: "The Cardinals have been searching for young replacements inside for a couple of years, but draft pick Buster Davis didn’t pan out and undrafted rookie Ali Highsmith is still in a learning stage. So when Karlos Dansby left as a free agent, it created an even bigger need."
Waiting On The Offensive Line
Urban also discusses the Cardinals offensive line. Levi Brown will move to left tackle, which means Brandon Keith and Jeremy Bridges will battle for the right side. I'd prefer Keith to win and establish himself as a starter.
A Need At The Nose
Urban talks about the Cardinals needs at nose tackle. Gabe Watson is the only true nose tackle on the roster, and Urban gives his thoughts on some potential draft picks: "The draft doesn’t seem to be top-heavy with nose tackle candidates. Tennessee’s Dan Williams can play both in a 3-4 and 4-3, and seems to be the one guy who – in a perfect Cardinals’ world – might slip to the back of the first round, but that seems unlikely. A player like Alabama’s Terrence Cody is considered by many best-suited for the second or even the third round because of ongoing weight issues."
Building two draft boards
The Cardinals have two draft boards that they use on draft day. One features a list of best players while the other is based on team needs. Ken Whisenhunt would like to go off of both.
Arizona Cardinals have faith in their draft boards
Kent Somers also discusses the Cardinals draft boards.
Deadline for Deuce
Cardinals offensive guard Deuce Lutui has yet to sign his tender and the deadline is approaching: "After June 15, however, the Cardinals could replace the $1.759 million offer with a tender worth about a third of that. The Cardinals also could withdraw the qualifying offer at any time, but that would put Lutui on the free agent market. Or, the club could trade Lutui any time after he signs the offer."
KentSomers - Another mock draft
Somers provides his pick in a mock draft.
Arizona Cardinals won't disclose NFL draft needs, but they are clear
Somers also looks at the Cardinals draft needs.
The Case Against Mount Cody - Final Part
Finally, our very own toolman234 lists the final chapter of the Case Against Mount Cody.