4-12-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Draft Speculation

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As we get closer to the NFL Draft, all there really is to talk about is speculating on what will happen.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Trade-down considerations for Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The latest NFC West chat went into overtime, but there's more ground to cover. Joe from Fort Worth asked about the Arizona Cardinals' chances for acquiring a second-round choice to replace the one they sent to Philadelphia in the Kevin Kolb trade.

Chat wrap: Let NFL draft scenarios flow - NFC West Blog - ESPN
D from Valley of the Sun thinks value would compel the Arizona Cardinals to select David DeCastro in the first round, if available. The team could move Adam Snyder to tackle, then draft a tackle in the third round, a pass-rusher in the fourth (think Sam Acho last year) and a receiver after that. Emphasizing the ground game would help Kevin Kolb this season, in his view.

Word From the Birds Blog | On Haggans and Holliday
The list of the Cardinals’ own free agents is shrinking, which is what normally happens this close to the draft. Of the team’s original group of 16 unrestricted free agents (tackle Levi Brown was of course not on the original list, having been released and not technically a UFA), seven remain. Three were never going to return: linebacker Joey Porter, running back Chester Taylor and offensive lineman Pork Chop Womack. There is a still a chance safety Hamza Abdullah could come back even after the Cards signed James Sanders, and tackle Brandon Keith — given that the Cards haven’t added a tackle in free agency — is certainly still on the radar. Then there are a pair of veteran defenders who helped on the field last season and were even more valuable in the locker room: linebacker Clark Haggans and defensive end Vonnie Holliday.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Some mid-week news and notes
The Cardinals now have an outside linebackers coach. Ryan Slowik, previously the defensive quality control coach, has been promoted.

Sifting through 2012 NFL mock drafts - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With an assist from Clare Farnsworth, I've put together a chart showing 14 mock draft projections for NFC West teams. The mocks are arranged by which players the St. Louis Rams were projected to select sixth overall. A couple other mocks fell from consideration because they projected trades, throwing off the comparisons. A quick look at the player counts per team:

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Center Lyle Sendlein went from undrafted free agent to starter and captain for the Big Red. Sendlein has found success at every level of competition and draws inspiration from his father Robin, a Phoenix firefighter.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks drop first game of the season
Chris Young was talking about the home run he very nearly robbed and the scoring opportunities he and the Diamondbacks couldn't quite cash in when suddenly he stopped himself. "I think everybody's all right, though," Young said. "We didn't expect to win 162 this year, as much as we would like to." Chris Denorfia made sure of that, slamming a two-run home run off setup man David Hernandez in the eighth inning, buoying the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park and sending the Diamondbacks to their first loss in their fifth game of the season.

Phoenix Suns suffer road loss to Memphis Grizzlies
Friday night's Suns trip to Houston could have meant pulling even with Houston, thanks to Utah's victory over Rockets moments before the Suns' game ended Wednesday night. Instead, that Utah win vaulted the Jazz past the Suns, who dropped to 10th place in the West again because they faltered down the stretch again of a 104-93 loss to Memphis at FedExForum.

NFL News:

NFL Draft: 2012 QB Class Looks To Be Better Than Last Year's - SBNation.com
The 2011 NFL draft class had six quarterbacks drafted in the top 36 picks. The 2012 draft likely won't have that many picked that early but overall this year's crop of quarterbacks will end up being better pros.

Report: Rex Ryan Says No Hard Knocks For The Jets In 2012 - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
If there's one team in the history of the NFL that absolutely needs to be on HBO's Hard Knocks, it's... Well, it's training camp with Barry Switzer's out of control Dallas Cowboys in 1998. But other than that, this year's Tebow-powered Jets team would have been perfect.

(Boo!!!)

No progress between Brees, Saints | ProFootballTalk
With the Saints launching their offseason program on Monday, quarterback Drew Brees continues to have no contract. And while Brees said, twice, on Tuesday that Brees and the Saints are "continuing to work on a long-term deal," a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that no progress is being made.

(Because being offered a contract that would make you the highest paid player in the NFL just isn't enough)

Keith Rivers Traded To Giants For 5th Round Pick - SBNation.com
Keith Rivers has been traded from the Cincinnati Bengals to the New York Giants in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. The trade had been rumored throughout the day Wednesday and apparently came to fruition sometime in the afternoon. Terms of the deal have not been finalized but it appears that Rivers won't immediately be signed to a contract extension, making him an unrestricted free agent following the 2012 season.

Reggie McKenzie: No more trading of future picks | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders enter the draft without their first-round pick (traded to Cincinnati), their second-round pick (traded to New England), their third-round pick (used in the supplemental draft) or their fourth-round pick (traded to Washington). All of those moves were made before the arrival of General Manager Reggie McKenzie, and he says the trading of future picks is coming to an end.

Mike Wallace reportedly has no plans to sign his tender | ProFootballTalk
There’s no sign that another team is going to offer Mike Wallace a contract before the deadline to sign restricted free agents passes on April 20th, but that isn’t moving Wallace closer to signing his tender from the Steelers.

Fresh from ‘QB Camp,’ Jon Gruden rates and relates with the 2012 draft class | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
In the second year of his "QB Camp" on ESPN, former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden sat down with 10 different quarterbacks of the 2012 draft class, reviewed their game tapes, talked about the transition to the NFL, and watched as the quarterbacks threw on a field. Gruden, currently the star of ESPN's Monday Night Football coverage, has created quite a cottage industry of quarterback analysis through this vehicle -- the half-hour shows are much like the former coach himself -- entertaining, informative, and full of "THIS GUY" hyperbole. On a Wednesday media conference call, Gruden gave some interesting opinions of many of the quarterbacks he met with -- it was a neat window into the mind of an analyst who certainly does his share of tape-grinding in his current role of the Fired Football Coaches of America.

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