ROTB Roundtable: Breakout player, Supplemental Draft, and Expanding the NFL

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We're a little over a month away till the NFL Pre-season begins.

Until then, the ROTB Writing Staff tackles three questions surrounding the Cardinals and the NFL.

Don't forget to answer the questions yourself in the comments below!

1) Who do you think will be the 2013 breakout player for the Cardinals?

Randy Fields: Rob Housler is poised to be a breakout player this year. I hate telling everyone because I want to pick him up in my fantasy leagues and I'm worried people will catch on to the potential that he has, his role in the offense, the buy in of the head coach, and the focus of the play caller (who also is the head coach). This is a recipe for big numbers from Housler this year.

Alex Mann:
Rob Housler and Rashad Johnson. Housler is finally coming into a scheme that fits who he is, and Arians will utilize him. Johnson got playing time last year and in 2011 and looked very good both times. Now he's got a whole season in front of him.

Jess Root:
Offensively all signs point to Rob Housler, if nothing else for the way the offense will be run. I also expect Levi Brown and Rashard Mendenhall to have solid seasons.

Robert Norman:
It's not so much breakout, but re-breakout. Darnell Dockett. Todd Bowles is looking to generate more sacks from our dominating ends this season and while Calais Campbell is the better of the two, Dockett is going to get more national recognition than in past seasons.

AndyStandsUp:
I'm going to go in another direction and say Andre Roberts. He had a better statistical year than Fitz in 2012 and is going into his last contractual season. IMO, the best vertical guy Arians has right now.

2) Is there anyone in particular you want the Cardinals to target in the Supplemental Draft?


Randy Fields:
Not really. I'd rather they save those picks for next year where there is a larger pool of candidates.

Alex Mann:
There were Nick Harwell and Victor Dean, although neither has officially entered for the Draft. However with both of their injury/off-field concerns, It is very unlikely either makes it, rather they would be picked up in Free Agency.

Jess Root:
I don't think that the Cards need to even consider the supplemental draft. They already have a big core of rookies and have already been working. Anyone new is just going to be way behind and u don't see a reason to even think about it.

Robert Norman:
If the Cardinals hasn't addressed the RB position, I worried advocate for Charles Sims. But frankly, no player in this year's supplemental draft is on the level that Josh Gordon projected. And he has been the only current success from that draft.

AndyStandsUp:
Supplemental Draft has been a crapshoot since the NFL started it. Ever since Timm Rosenbach was selected by the Cards -- been an afterthought to me.

3) What are your thoughts on placing an NFL team outside the United States?


Randy Fields:
It's a nice idea, but the travel schedule would be brutal. Perhaps they should create a minor league farm system or add enough teams to make a separate league to have a best of the continent tournament. A true World Cup!

Alex Mann:
I like Randy's idea. Maybe a team in Canada and Mexico for the NFL (Do the Bills count as a Canadian team?). There are really talented guys in the CFL, who, just because they're in a league many classify below the Arena Football league, will never get a second look. Maybe with Mark Trestman going to Chicago that will all change.

Jess Root:
Last I checked, it was called the NATIONAL Football League. While it may be inevitable, I just don't like the problems it causes...travel, time changes, everything. Football the way we call it really has been successful only in the US. Sure there are a ton of people in London, but will they really become football fans of there are eight games there? Is the success sustainable? But why go international if Los Angeles doesn't even have a team?

Robert Norman:
The NFL tried that once, it was called NFL Europe. The problem is two fold. Until spread really comes into it's own, football is just to slow for international fans.

Secondly, everyone talks of a Football World Cup, but in soccer it's made up of national players playing each other. The equivalent is having the best CFL players vs. the best NFL players. The talent level is just not on an even playing field yet.

AndyStandsUp:
I like the preseason exhibition games in London, Mexico City and Toronto but you're really putting teams at a disadvantage in their livelihood (playoffs) by forcing teams to play regular season games overseas. The NHL and NBA haven't figured out a way to incorporate "real" games on a consistent basis, so why the NFL?

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