We're a long way away from the 2014 NFL Draft, but scouts and analysts are already gearing up for an exciting year of College Football, which features several players who are NFL ready, and will make for an exciting draft come next year. Here's my list of five guys who should be on the Cardinals radar. (The list is in no particular order)
1) Cyrus Kouandjio- LT- Alabama
Yes he plays in the SEC so he may be overrated at times, but he's a monster. 6'5 320 pounds. He lacks balance at times, but he drives his guy off the line in the run game, and stops pass rushers cold. He's heading into his junior year, and his third year of starting. Whether he enters the draft is to be seen, but if he has another dominant season I see him heading in.
2) Cyril Richardson- OG- Baylor
I found our man opposite of Jonathan Cooper. 6'5 335 pounds, he's a mauler. Many people put the success of the 2011 Baylor team solely on RGIII, and while he was a big part of it, that O-Line, lead by Richardson, was essentially the reason for both the 2012 and 2011 units successes. He can play Tackle and Guard, but due to his run blocking being labeled as "NFL Ready" and being ranked the number one guard for the 2013 season, teams will take him as a guard.
3) Aaron Murray- QB- Georgia
He's one of the most NFL ready quarterbacks eligible for this draft. I questioned him after the SEC championship game, where he threw to receivers who had no chance of getting out of bounds, and not spiking it afterwards. Whether it was because the coaching staff told him to, or not, it's still his fault. But as I read up, and watch a few of his games he's got what Bruce Arians wants in his Quarterbacks, quick release, and a strong arm. Give him a season to sit behind Palmer and he'll be ready to challenge Drew Stanton for the starting role in 2015.
4) Tajh Boyd- QB- Clemson
He's bashed about his height, he struggles to maintain his weight, and his decision making. 2012 was an improvement in the decision making department, and his weight issues seem to be a thing of the past. Hopefully Clemson can show case some of his other talents, and use less Bubble screens to show what he really has.
5) Ka'Deem Carey- RB- Arizona
He has plenty of questions around him, in particular off the field. I live in Tucson so I attend UofA games on a regular basis and all that can be said about him is that he's dangerous. 5'10 196 pounds and angry. With Mendenhall on a one year deal, and Arizona being the place he gave preference to, it all comes down to how Mendenhal plays. If he plays well and Arizona extends his contract then Carey is out of the picture, but if not, I'd expect Arizona to at least give him a serious look to go with Ellington, and Taylor next season. He's a serious candidate to top 2000 yards this season, especially with a new Quarterback in the folds.