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4-23-11: Bird Droppings - A.J. Green, Draft Needs, NFC West O-Lines

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Its the weekend, so you know what that means. Not a whole lot of links to post. Some decent stuff on draft needs with the number five pick, A.J. Green as a possible draft pick for the Cards and NFC West O-Lines though.

Cardinals need QB, but maybe not with No. 5 pick -
The Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback, the days of their smooth-operating offense since Kurt Warner's retirement have been ugly indeed. Whether they use the fifth overall pick in next week's NFL draft to get one is questionable, though, since they probably would prefer a veteran quarterback and they have so many needs elsewhere.

Mailbag: Whether to take Blaine Gabbert - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Brent from Phoenix was shocked to see Peter King sending receiver A.J. Green to the Arizona Cardinals in a mock draft recently. He thinks such a move would provide great insurance for losing Larry Fitzgerald, but without a good quarterback, why would it matter? Brent wonders whether King is trying to be clever or if anyone else has considered such a possibility.

NFL draft 2011: Jon Gruden evaluates quarterback prospects Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett, Blaine Gabbert and Andy Dalton - ESPN
The top five quarterback prospects in this year's NFL draft have a lot of talent, a lot of personality and a lot of potential to succeed at the next level. But how will they respond to a little bit of in-depth criticism from a former coach?

Adventures in drafting offensive linemen - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The charts break out NFC West selections by general draft position, with a column showing how many starts each has made for his original team. I am using the term "not active" loosely to describe players who haven't been on rosters during the regular season recently.

NFL Videos: NFC West draft grades
'NFL Total Access' grades the past five draft classes of the Rams, 49ers, Cardinals and Seahawks. Plus, is St. Louis the team to beat in the division?

Arizona Diamondbacks blow lead, lose to New York Mets
Diamondbacks reliever Esmerling Vasquez was one out away from escaping the inning, one out from preserving the lead, and with first base open in the seventh inning on Friday night, he had no intention of challenging Ike Davis, the New York Mets' dangerous first baseman. But a fastball that was supposed to be inside wound up being a fastball down the pipe, and Davis smashed what replays determined to be a two-run home run, sending the Diamondbacks to a 4-1 loss on a cold night at Citi Field.

ASU football hopes to stay healthy, finish strong in spring game
Arizona State's spring workouts conclude this morning with the annual Spring Game at Sun Devil Stadium. The goal: Finish strong, stay healthy.

Phoenix Coyotes confident they will stay in Glendale
Don Maloney is crunching numbers - with only make-believe money right now - and envisioning a budget for next season that will put the Coyotes on an even level with the elite teams in the league.

Miami Dolphins' Brandon Marshall in intensive care after stabbing, sources say - ESPN
Dolphins Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall was stabbed with a knife Friday in the Miami area and taken to a hospital, where he remained in intensive care after surgery Saturday morning, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Marshall's wife, Michi Nogami-Marshall, 26, was arrested Friday by the Broward Sheriff's Office on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and a league source confirmed to Schefter that the arrest was in connection with the stabbing. Nogami-Marshall remained in jail Saturday.