I'm no Mel Kiper or Mike Mayock but I've got worthless draft opinions just like they do so I'll waste everyone's time with my Cardinals-ONLY seven round mock draft. Just to provide some basis of how I made these picks, I used the big board from CBS Sports and the seven round mock from Draft Tek to determine which players would be available at each pick.
1 (31) - Chris Beanie Wells (RB), Ohio State: Ok so this is no surprise, we need a RB and I think Wells will be the best back on the board. Moreno seems to be consensus #1 and many pundits are starting to say that Donald Brown has leap frogged Wells. I'm sort of scared of a "Big 10" back but I think Whiz and Grimm would throw heck of party if they get a punishing down hill runner like Wells.
2 (63) - Lawrence Sidbury Jr. (OLB/DE), Richmond: That's right the Cardinals pick a Richmond Spider for the second year in a row. Sidbury turned some heads at the combine when he turned out a 4.64 forty yard dash (and his ten yard split was even more impressive at 1.53) and even though he'd be a big OLB (6'2, 266) he's got the athleticism to make the switch. He's really only had one really good season at Richmond (11.5 sacks in 2008) and will take some time to transition to OLB buthis talent can't be ignored.
3 (95) - TJ Lang (OT/OG), Eastern Michigan: Lang was a three year starter (two at LT and one at RT) but he projects to the inside at the pro level. He's got good size (6'4 312) and a nasty demeanor (former defensive lineman). He's a mauler who worked at all five line spots at the Texas vs. the Nation game and impressed scouts with his attitude and workouts. He's capable of spot starting anywhere on the line but his eventual home will probably be at guard. Regardless he's the kind of blue collar, mauler that Russ Grimm dreams about at night.
4 (131) - Anthony Hill (TE), North Carolina: Hill's a big TE (6'5 264) who's a physical blocker in both the pass and run game but he's not one dimensional either. He even lined up in the slot (264 pounds in the slot?) at times and had 45 receptions in 2006 and four TDs in 2008. He tore his ACL before the 2007 season so that hurt his stock but he's legit. One scouting report even suggested that he'd be best suited to bulk up and move to offensive tackle (talk about a guy who can block). Overall not a flashy reciever but could be the total package like Pettigrew but three rounds later.
via cdn1.libsyn.com (wow he even looks cool)
5 (167) - Brandon Underwood (CB/S), Cincinnati: Underwood might be reach here but his talent is too intriguing to pass up. He started his career at Ohio State but lost his scholorship after some missed some meetings and academic issues. His one year at Cincy was impressive though (4 picks) and even though he played mostly cornerback he projects to the safety position at the pro level. He's good size (6'1 198) got terrific ball skills and covers a ton of ground. Give him a year and we'd forget all about Francisco's inability to cover. Underwood may never become a starter but as a #3 safety and special teams guy, he's got the talent to shine.
6 (204) - Henry Melton (DE/OLB), Texas: As the 'other' Texas defensive end, Melton's been overshadowed by Orakpo but he's got some skills. He's only been on the defensive side of the ball for two seasons after starting his career as a running back (625 yards and 16 TDs between '05 & '06) and didn't become a starter until 2008. He's extremely athletic and has a great burst off the edge but as you might expect he's extremely raw. He'd be a project type of pick but the upside is there.
7 (240) - Thomas Morstead (P), SMU: Ok so it's not very sexy to draft a punter Morstead in the best punter in this years draft and he could also kick field goals and kickoffs in a pinch. His average is solid and he can place them inside the 20 with ease and he's never had one blocked.
7 (254) - Larry Beavers (WR), Wesley: So you might have gotten bored with the selection of a punter so here's your wake up call. Not only does Beavers have a great name he's also a prolific return specialist with 13 career return TDs. Of course we are talking about D-3 competition but he averaged 39.5 yards per kick return and 29 yards per punt return (that's almost unbelievable). He's tiny (5'10 167) but he ran a blistering 4.37 at his pro day. He instantly upgrades the return game and lets Breaston focus on being a receiver.
Ok so that's a seven round that I guarantee won't be perfect. I covered needs at RB, OLB, depth at safety, tight end and interior OL while also taking a flier on a punter and return specialist. Thoughts?
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