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Time for some links, mainly about the draft and the whole Need vs. BPA thing.
Also, Coyotes moving on to the next round of the Playoffs. Woo-hoo!Arizona Cardinals News:
Arizona Cardinals willing to deal during recent draft days
The iPhones and Blackberrys started buzzing and tweeting days, if not weeks, ago: NFL general managers and other personnel executives phoning, texting and e-mailing their counterparts in other cities, trying to get a feel for their willingness to trade up, or down, in the draft. "We've gotten a few (calls) already," Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves said last week.
Draft Only Way To Build
Economically, philosophically, Cards want foundation from picks
Fitz as GM: A look at recent track record - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A great wide receiver does not always make for a great general manager. Larry Fitzgerald appears to have been right last season, however, when he called Arizona Cardinals first-round draft choice Patrick Peterson a "can't-miss" prospect. Fitzgerald is now backing Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd as a first-round candidate for the Cardinals in 2012, according to a passage near the bottom of this page featuring Peter King's predraft thoughts. Sounds like a decent idea to me, and if Fitzgerald is supportive, that can only help. He can be a fabulous mentor.
Word From the Birds Blog | Sifting through smoky draft talk
I listened to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock make a point today that isn’t new nor something I hadn’t thought of, but it bears repeating right now: Any information someone from a team divulges about the draft or players in it knows what he is doing.
Cardinals say they won't draft for need, but may do so anyway - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals are saying all the right things. With the NFL Draft just a few days away, both Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt have openly talked about the strategy of drafting based on ability, not need. "What we don't want to do is draft a lineman just to draft a lineman because that's what you think you have to do," Coach Whiz has said.
Whisenhunt: Need, talent factor into draft - ArizonaSports.com
The Cardinals deviated from their usual draft plan last April when making their second-round selection. Sure, the Cardinals like to take the "best player available," but need does generally factor into the decision.
Rumor: Larry Fitzgerald wants Cardinals to take Michael Floyd - ArizonaSports.com
Last offseason it was reported that Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald wanted the team to trade for Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. The Cardinals ended up trading for Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. This offseason, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Fitz has his sights set on another player who would help the team's offense.
ESPN's Mark May compares Michael Floyd to Larry Fitzgerald - ArizonaSports.com
Michael Floyd would be an exciting pick for the Arizona Cardinals. A receiver out of Notre Dame, he would line up opposite Larry Fitzgerald and give the Cardinals a dynamic duo opposing teams would struggle to contain. "He's just like Larry Fitzgerald, has that same type of mentality," ESPN NCAA insider Mark May told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo. "He's really dedicated himself the last couple of years." Floyd tallied 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, and had a knack for finding the end zone throughout his time in South Bend, scoring 37 times.
Arizona Sports Face-Off: Arizona Cardinals draft style - ArizonaSports.com
As Arizona Cardinals fans, we love the draft. Traditionally the team's best chance to improve, the Cardinals have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years, with surprises that were both good and bad. Who was their best pick? How about their best late-round selection? What about the worst?
azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Some draft prognostications
We're in the days (daze?) of mock drafts, and I've done at least four already. The way most seem to play out is that I have to make a choice between Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff and Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd. That's a tough call. And depending upon the day, I've taken both players. I guess I have myself covered. My thinking today is that the Cardinals will take Reiff, figuring that they are good enough at receiver with Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Early Doucet and whomever emerges from the rest of the pack. They haven't taken an offensive lineman above the fifth round since 2007, so it's time.
Larry Fitzgerald wants Michael Floyd in Arizona | ProFootballTalk
Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd is all over the map in draft projections, with some people seeing him as the best receiver in the draft — better than Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon — and others having reservations. Count Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald as one who thinks very highly of Floyd. Peter King of SI.com talked to Fitzgerald over the weekend and reports that Fitzgerald badly wants the Cardinals to draft Floyd with the 13th overall pick.
"My Draft Story" Preview
We recently caught up with several current Cardinals to ask them about their draft day memories. Here is a preview.
Arizona Sports News:
Phoenix Coyotes rout Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6, advance to Western Conference semifinals
Every piece of success the Coyotes have earned this season has resulted from their blue-collar approach. Puck battles were won by hits along the boards. Scoring chances started with gritty stick work. And wins were architected by shot blocks, patient play and an underlying style of discipline. This version of hockey isn't glamorous, but it worked for the Coyotes in guiding them to a No. 3 seed and a Pacific Division title. So when they encountered their toughest test to date, a first-round meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks, it was fitting that they would have to triumph in the hard areas of the game to not only be competitive with the high-flying Hawks but to ultimately have a chance to win the series. And that's how the Coyotes played. They persevered through player injuries, a significant suspension, five overtimes and peripheral adversity that still hailed them an underdog to take the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal set in six games, sealing a 4-0 win in front of 21,636 at the United Center on Monday to eliminate the Blackhawks.
Arizona Diamondbacks offense delivers in series-opening win over Philadelphia Phillies
Justin Upton discarded his bat as if it were a used toothpick -- it had done its job -- and began his slow jog around the bases. It was a sight Diamondbacks fans had not seen in a long time. And it was something Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson very nearly predicted before his team's 9-5 drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. It was a long-awaited night of firsts for Upton, who drove in his first run of the season before swatting his first home run of the season, giving spot starter Wade Miley all the support he'd need.
New deal? Where Steven Jackson stands - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFL teams rarely hand fat, long-term contract extensions to older running backs. The San Francisco 49ers' Frank Gore felt the urgency last offseason, leading him to hold out from training camp briefly before accepting a relatively modest new deal -- the best he could do under tough circumstances. Is Steven Jackson next?
2012 NFL Mock Draft: Rise Of The Pass Rushers - SBNation.com
Pass rushers are rising up draft boards fast with the 2012 NFL Draft just days away. How does that change the outcome in the first round?
Saints GM Mickey Loomis Denies Eavesdropping Allegations - SBNation.com
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis allegedly used a listening device to eavesdrop on opposing coaches from his Superdome suite from 2002 to 2004, violating NFL rules and federal law.
Brian Dawkins Retires; Former Broncos And Eagles Safety Played For 16 Years - SBNation.com
Longtime NFL safety Brian Dawkins has decided to retire after 16 seasons in the NFL.
Packers Will Release Chad Clifton, According To Report - SBNation.com
The Packers plan to release OT Chad Clifton after he failed a physical, according to a report.
Brandon Jacobs linked to probe of New Jersey state troopers | ProFootballTalk
Brandon Jacobs was reportedly one of the drivers when dozens of luxury sports cars were escorted by police going over 100 miles an hour down the Garden State Parkway last month in an incident that has some New Jersey state troopers under investigation.
Reminder: Anonymous NFL Scouts Are Here To Make Everyone Dumber - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
My favorite part about the movie Moneyball was the way they made old-timey baseball scouts look like complete neanderthals. Their sole purpose in that movie was to make every room just a little dumber. Scouts can't possibly be that spectacularly idiotic in real life. Right?
Deion Sanders Tweets Picture Of His Children Filing Police Report - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Deion Sanders is having a bad day. According to the Hall of Fame defensive back, he was attacked by the mother of his children and another person. He informed the police before the alleged incident that he was going to be attacked by his home. He tweeted a picture of his children filling out a police report. Really.