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4-23-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Waiting For The Draft

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Time for more links as we wait for the Draft to get here. Today, along with the normal Draft stuff we also get some interesting thoughts on Skelton's future.

Arizona Cardinals News:

The Number Two Debate
Cards could look at another receiver, but they may not have to

Offensive-line help a draft priority for Arizona Cardinals
Rod Graves has been involved in scouting professional football players for 30 years, but not once has he thought to figure out the total man hours devoted to preparing for the NFL draft. "But that would be a good intern project," said Graves, the Cardinals' general manager. Many Cardinals fans don't think it looks that hard. Judging by opinions voiced through message boards, social media and other means, the Cardinals should take the best available offensive lineman with the 13th overall pick. Graves and company can then dust off their hands and wait until they are scheduled to pick next, in the third round. If only life as a general manager or coach were so simple.

The possibilities for Cards QB John Skelton - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals went from pursuing Peyton Manning to paying Kevin Kolb this offseason. Another quarterback will have a chance to grab the Cardinals' attention this offseason. John Skelton, who owns six game-winning drives in 13 career games, will be given a chance to compete for the starting job at training camp. At least one longtime NFL talent evaluator thinks Skelton has an opportunity to become the long-term starter in Arizona. Bill Polian, the ESPN analyst and six-time NFL executive of the year, recently pointed to Skelton as a key variable in rating how well the Cardinals fared in recent drafts.

Arizona Sports News:

Gerardo Parra's grand slam helps Arizona Diamondbacks defeat Atlanta Braves
Somebody had to step up. Somebody had to deliver. Somebody had to be "the guy." Good thing for the Diamondbacks they had plenty of somebodies Sunday who were willing and able to answer the call. After being mired in a five-game funk, the Diamondbacks received contributions across the board and managed to beat back the Atlanta Braves 6-4 to avoid a four-game series sweep at Chase Field.

Arizona Rattlers deliver complete performance in win over San Antonio Talons
The Rattlers wiped out the memory of Aaron Garcia's ArenaBowl-winning, last-play touchdown pass at US Airways Center with four defensive stops that equaled their season total through the first five games. With Arkeith Brown intercepting a Garcia pass, with Tyre Glasper getting three sacks and forcing two Garcia fumbles, with Marcus Pittman returning one of the fumbles for a touchdown, the Rattlers rolled to a 68-34 victory over the San Antonio Talons in front of 6,835 on Sunday.

NFL News:

Redskins still in play for Tim Hightower | ProFootballTalk
Tim Hightower spent some time with the Patriots last week, but that doesn’t mean he’s off the radar in Washington.

Browns worst in the NFL at finding All-Pros in the draft | ProFootballTalk
When the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviewed the last 10 NFL All-Pro teams to determine which NFL teams did the best and worst job of drafting talent, it should have come as no surprise that the Browns were last on the list.