My thoughts on what the Cardinals should do with their seven allotted picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Let's begin.
1.07: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
I am working under the assumption that the three elite offensive tackle prospects are selected by 7 overall. The Cardinals need some pass rush help, and an upgrade across from Sam Acho. Mingo is arguably the most explosive pass rusher in the draft. He has the size, speed and explosiveness to be a perennial 10+ sack guy. He would be an immediate upgrade over Schofield, and give the Cards a definitive presence off the edge.
2.06: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
No guard is ever worth being selected in the top ten, not even Chance Warmack. The value of Larry Warford in the second round is much better than Chance at seven. Warford fits the system in place well, and has the upper body strength to get leverage over rushers, and the necessary lateral agility to move around well enough to compensate for the rush, and would be an immediate upgrade at RG.
3.07: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Ok, this pick shakes up what I have been preaching on twitter about the Cards not drafting a QB this year. Well, in an underwhelming QB class, Bray represents the best arm talent, with the ability to make all the throws, and the strength to match, an ideal fit in Arians' vertical offense. He can sit and learn the ropes behind veteran Carson Palmer for his rookie year, and possibly step in for the '14/'15 season. Hopefully this gives time for Bray to mature and develop his game so he is ready to take to the field when the time is right, similar to Ryan Mallett learning behind Tom Brady in New England.
4.06: J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
After releasing both Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes, the Cardinals suddenly became thin at safety. Wilcox is an athletic guy capable of playing both FS & SS, his versatility is a big plus. Being a former offensive weapon, Wilcox has some serious ball skills, and can make plays on passes whether its in defense or interceptions, he would be an immediate challenger to start.
5.07: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
This offensive tackle has had a lot of buzz about him recently, his stock is on the rise. Projected as a left tackle, but can play either side, Fragel shows the necessary agility and foot movement to be a quality offensive tackle and a potential steal. With Levi & Bobbie looking set at their respective tackle positions, Fragel would be a bit of a prject who is more than capable of stepping in when asked of him, adding some much needed depth.
6.06: Michael Mauti, ILB, Penn State
Daryl Washington had a stand out season last year, and deserved his Pro Bowl recognition, however, there was no one to pair with him. The release of Paris Lenon means there needs to be an upgrade at ILB. Mauti is a serious injury risk, but when healthy, he is a very instinctive player who plays the run extremely well. His innate ability to track the ball in the backfield is great, he tries to make tackles every down, and would be a neat addition, when healthy, and by all accounts he is ahead of schedule.
7.13: Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State
Behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, there is no real outside threat, or burner in our receiving corp. Johnson is a relatively unknown name in draft circles, but blew up at his Pro Day, still projected a 7th round talent. Standing at 6' 2", and runs in the 4.3's, Johnson would be an immediate deep threat which would be a welcome addition, opening up the underneath routes for Roberts and Housler, making our receivers more rounded.
Undrafted Free Agents
Micah Hyde, DB, Iowa
Quinn Sharp, P, Oklahoma State
Matt Summers-Gavin, OG, California
Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa Pacific
Etienne Sabino, OLB, Ohio State
Marc Anthony, CB, California
Spencer Ware, RB, LSU
Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada
Ryan Griffin, QB, Tulane
Well, that's what I would do if I was Keim. What do you think?