We haven't done a mock draft round up in a while, and with the draft only two weeks away, the pieces will start falling nto place more then ever. Some of the more interesting mocks had the Cardinals drafting a wide receiver within the first two rounds. I'm all for drafting a wide receiver, but in the 6th or 7th round. I guess some "experts" don't exactly know the Cardinals' needs.
After trading away Anquan Boldin, the Cardinals will be looking for the likes of Steve Breaston and Early Doucet to step up in 2010. However, with a young quarterback coming in as their starter, Arizona can't have too many weapons for him to go to. DeMaryius Thomas(right) is tall, quick and very talented and could form an excellent partnership with Larry Fitzgerald.
The Football Expert: 1st Round - Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan
The first sign the Cardinals may need help at the 3-OLB is Bertrand Berry retired and Chike Okeafor is a free agent. Graham is considered a perfect tweener for the 3-4 OLB position. Graham looks to be another former Michigan Wolverine defensive end to make the transition to OLB in the NFL.
The Football Expert: Round 2 - Damian Williams, WR, USC
The Cardinals have plenty of receiving talent even without Anquan Boldin, but there is no question Boldin will be missed and more depth would be helpful.
2010 NFL Mock Draft - Draft King - 1st Round - Taylor mays, FS, USC
Antrel Rolle has signed with the Giants and OLB Karlos Dansby has signed with the Dolphins. That's a tough one-two combo for Cardinals fans, particularly on the same day that the team traded Anquan Bolden, but that's life in the NFL. Drafting Mays would fill a hole created in the secondary by Rolle's departure, and while there are some questions about Mays as a top-tier prospect, he's an athletic, talented playmaker who can break up a pass as easily as he can separate the receiver from the ball with a perfectly-timed, bone-crushing hit.
SI.com - 1st Round - Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
Even with Joey Porter signed last month, the Cardinals are in the market for more impact off the edge. With Weatherspoon and Kindle both gone, Hughes is a player who holds solid late-first round value. A defensive tackle like Penn State's Jared Odrick is another option.
2010 NFL Mock Draft - 1st Round - Brian Price, DT, Tennessee
The Cardinals get a good DT hear with a very good motor. He doesn’t stop until the play is over and he is a very good inside playmaker. Look for him to be a lock in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
WalterFootball.com: 1st Round - Sean Weatherspoon, ILB, Missouri
Weatherspoon is a natural 4-3 weakside linebacker, but he could also be very effective in the middle of a 3-4. He'll take Dansby's spot and offer his tremendous leadership to an Arizona defense that surrendered 90 points in its final two games last year.
Great Blue North Draft Report 1st - 3rd Rounds
1st - Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland 2nd - Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona 3rd - Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida 3rd - Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
Draft Tek - 1st Round - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Surprise! The pass-rushing phenom (some say the 2nd coming of "The Freak") falls to the Redbirds at #26. Will he play DE, is he athletic enough to play OLB? Who cares - in the Cardinals hybrid alignment, he will be utilized in various positions and learn on the run.
Draft Tek - 2nd Round - Koa Misi, OLB, Utah
With Brandon Spikes off the board, the value at ILB is just not there, Joey Porter has his legal problems and you can just never have too many pass-rushers. Misi played OLB, DE and DT at Utah and continues to rise up the Big Board, improving his short shuttle time at his pro day and impressing scouts during positional drills.
Draft Tek - 3rd Round
Donald Butler, ILB, Washington
Anthony McCoy, TE, USC