5-2-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Draft Reflections

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Time for todays links, mostly about looking back on the draft, the new talent the team has added, and some words from Kolb about how he is looking forward to trying to prove that the Cardinals were right to trade for him.

Also, our old friend Matt Leinart is now a Raider. We will see him at some point during the Preseason.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals' Kevin Kolb aiming to prove doubters wrong
Quarterback Kevin Kolb entered the NFL five years ago, but he will forever be tied to the Cardinals' 2012 draft class. That's because the team sent its second-round pick this year to the Eagles last summer as part of the trade to acquire Kolb. So Kolb's performance will be part of any future evaluation of the team's 2012 draft class. Kolb knows that perhaps better than anyone. The Cardinals' investment in him goes far beyond the second-round pick.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Talent's in the eye of the beholder
There are many reasons to closely follow the NFC West this year. Can the 49ers repeat? Do the Seahawks and Cardinals have quarterbacks? How quickly can Jeff Fisher turn around the woeful Rams? What, if anything, will be on the line when the Cardinals face the 49ers at Candlestick in the last game of the season? There are many subplots, too, and one that will be fascinating to watch is the development of rookie receivers. As ESPN's Mike Sando noted in his division round-up this morning, teams in the division had receivers ranked differently.

Whisenhunt on developing young QB Ryan Lindley - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals stayed true to their draft board this week, and watched it pay dividends with the players afforded to them. One draft pick that was a bit of head scratcher was the selection of San Diego State quarterback Ryan Lindley 185th overall. While Lindley boasts a strong frame and was a consistent presence on the field for the Aztecs, he struggled mightily with his accuracy. Still, when Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt saw Lindley still available in the sixth round, he trusted not only the draft board but also his gut instinct on the potential of the young signal caller.

Roberts, Doucet Ready For Floyd
Veteran receivers ready to embrace new weapon in the offense

Whisenhunt: Cardinals trusted draft board, saw it pay off - ArizonaSports.com
Never will you hear a coach talk badly about his draft. So, it should come as no surprise that Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf he felt good about what the team accomplished over the weekend.

ESPN's May: Massie is fine, Cardinals could have done more - ArizonaSports.com
A lot of people were surprised to see Mississippi tackle Bobby Massie fall to the Cardinals in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Projected by some to go as high as the second round, he was the first lineman taken by a Cardinals team that could use some help at the position. And, while no one is questioning the selection's value, ESPN college football analyst Mark May says the Cardinals should have done more.

Mailbag: Expecting CB to reach Pro Bowl - NFC West Blog - ESPN
JohnBloodletter from right here asks about the Arizona Cardinals' secondary and, specifically, what to expect from Patrick Peterson in his second season. He asks about the Cardinals' third-round corner, how the safeties are holding up and how important the secondary will be to the team's overall success.

Word From the Birds Blog | Eason gets his mind right
A year ago, newcomer Nick Eason played defensive line — mostly on the inside — at around 325 pounds. And it was too much. "I thought about last year, how I played," Eason said. "I thought about my game and a lot of it had to do with me not having myself prepared in the offseason with the lockout. I mean, I worked out, but I didn’t take it to the level I needed to. And when you get to camp, pretty much if you are not in shape then you won’t be in shape to be ready for the season." So Eason decided to change. A boxing fan, he was boxing as part of his workouts (and is still doing it once a week) and the pounds started coming off. By the time he showed up to the Cards’ offseason conditioning work, he had shaved 37 pounds off his frame. At 288 pounds, Eason said he wants to play this season about 295 pounds. It was all about being smarter as a 10-year veteran.

Moss, Fitz and mentoring first-round WRs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The 49ers, like the Cardinals, used a 2012 first-round draft choice for a wide receiver. But Arizona appears in better position to provide the mentoring that can help a young player learn what it takes to become a professional. Michael Floyd, chosen 13th overall by Arizona, already has strong ties to Fitzgerald. The two are from Minnesota. They share a trainer. They have spent time together. Fitzgerald, who has welcomed young Cardinals players into his home, voiced support for Floyd even before the draft, indicating he'd be happy if the team selected the Notre Dame receiver. Floyd could not have a better mentor. The 49ers' first-round receiver, A.J. Jenkins, walks into a different situation. Moss might be terrific for him, or he might pursue his own agenda as time passes. The halftime blowup against the Dolphins comes to mind.

Full Steam Ahead
With the 2012 NFL Draft in the books, the Arizona Cardinals shift their focus from the War Room to the weight room, mini camps and organized team activities.

Arizona Sports News:

Trevor Cahill, Diamondbacks down Washington Nationals in Bryce Harper's home debut
Nationals Park was the center of the baseball universe for no other reason than Bryce Harper, Washington's 19-year-old wunderkind who happened to be making his home debut against the Diamondbacks. Though Harper showed off at least one of the five tools that has him labeled baseball's Next Big Thing, it was Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill who stole the show, turning in what his manager called his best outing of the year in a 5-1 win on Tuesday night.

Nashville Predators suspend two for Game 3
Nashville Predators forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn will not play Game 3 of the team's Western Conference semifinals series against the Coyotes as a result of violating team rules. Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile said the team has "a few simple rules" and that violating those rules is not fair to the team.

NFL News:

2012 NFL Draft: Best And Worst, From Andrew Luck To Mr. Irrelevant - SBNation.com
The 2012 NFL Draft is now complete. It's time to recap the best and worst from the NFL Draft.

Comparing The 2012 NFL Draft With A Mock Draft - SBNation.com
The NFL Draft is now officially over. So how'd we do in the SB Nation bloggers mock draft vs. the real thing?

Matt Leinart signing with Raiders today | ProFootballTalk
Matt Leinart is heading back to California, and back to backing up Carson Palmer. Leinart is signing today with the Oakland Raiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. In 2002, when Palmer won the Heisman Trophy at USC, Leinart was his backup. Leinart would go on to earn the starting job at USC, win the Heisman Trophy in 2004 and was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

Vince Young To Work Out For Buffalo Bills - SBNation.com
Free agent QB Vince Young has generated some interested from the Bills and will work out for the team on Wednesday.

Redskins Cut Jabar Gaffney After Trying To Trade Him - SBNation.com
The Washington Redskins were trying to trade WR Jabar Gaffney before the 2012 NFL Draft but with the draft over and no takers for Gaffney, the team has decided to go ahead and part ways. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports the Redskins have released Gaffney.

John Harbaugh On Asterisks - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
The draft is over, and a media vacuum is settling over the NFL world. Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh stepped up to help fill the void on Tuesday morning with comments about asterisks and the Patriots that are sure ignite an utterly meaningless debate among partisans. He was making an appearance on Baltimore radio to promote a charity event when things took a turn for the worse. The host asked Harbaugh about bending the rules to get an edge over the competition. Harbaugh bit.

Rashaan Salaam offers some advice on how not to be a bust | ProFootballTalk
Rashaan Salaam was a Heisman Trophy winner, a first-round draft pick of the Bears and a 1,000-yard rusher as a rookie. And then he was cut by the Bears by the age of 23. Looking back on his career now, Salaam has some advice for this year’s first-round draft picks: Don’t be lazy like I was.

Eric Mangini regrets turning in the Patriots over Spygate | ProFootballTalk
Eric Mangini, who as a Patriots assistant knew about the practice of taping opposing teams’ signals, and who informed the league office of the practice when he was the Jets’ head coach, said today that he regrets the way Spygate has continued to overshadow the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick.

Louisiana State Police to review eavesdropping case by end of week | ProFootballTalk
The three-day draft nudged the latest allegations against the Saints to the back burner, but the contention that G.M. Mickey Loomis had the ability to listen to communications in which opposing coaches engaged from 2002 through 2004 has yet to go away. It soon could.

Vikings stadium effort takes ugly turn | ProFootballTalk
Less than two weeks ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell helped kick-start the effort to get a clear resolution on the Vikings stadium bill. Now, one day after the Minnesota Legislature was supposed to adjourn for the year, Goodell’s next task may be to bring to the Twin Cities enough glue to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

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