It's been an interesting week for the Cardinals and the "information" being passed around this time of year.
Here's what I will say to you, take everything you hear, file it away, and then remember it if it happens.
Bruce Arians essentially said the Cardinals won't be drafting a quarterback at 20, and they'd like to have a left tackle in the fold by the time the draft rolls around, or something to that extent, and that speed is the key thing they are looking for.
In a separate interview Steve Keim stated that he and Arians will stay in their own lanes when it comes to Keim building the team and Arians coaching the team, but it'd be fool hearty to not think that Arians has some type of input on what is going on in the draft room.
Then National Football Post's Greg Gabriel, former Bears Director of College Scouting, had this gem on Twitter.
There are a number of NFL GM's that told AJ McCarron's agents that he could be picked as high as 20 and not lower than top part of 2nd rd— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) January 22, 2014
First off, there was a similar statement made by a NFL insider last year about Matt Barkley, that he wasn't getting past seven, but everyone I talked too said that was patently off base.
The thing is, everyone has someone from each team they talk too, and a lot of those people have their own agenda's, or their own beliefs.
Unless a single man, Michael Bidwill, has said, this is what we are doing, than no one else, not even Steve Keim is to be believed until after it happened, but that doesn't mean he isn't telling some form of the truth.
When people divulged to me that the Cardinals top rated quarterback on their draft board was Brett Hundley, I just nodded my head, put it in a mock draft that had no chance of happening, and said nothing.
Why? Last year, when everyone was mocking Taylor Lewan to the Cardinals I had a conversation with someone that told me the Cardinals don't even rank underclassmen until they declared.
Those two nuggets of information clearly don't flow together, instead they fly right in the face of one another, but that doesn't matter.
The Cardinals may have had an area scout that had Hundley as the top rated underclassmen QB on their board, and in turn the Cardinals may not have had any senior quarterbacks rated as high as the grade Brett Hundley received from that area scout, so therefore Hundley was "the highest rated quarterback" on the Cardinals board.
When Mike Jurecki, Dan Bickley, hell even myself, say that the Cardinals like Johnny Manziel, it doesn't mean Arians, Keim, Bidwill or any decision maker likes Manziel, it could mean that a low level scout likes Manziel.
Let's get to the mock, quick and dirty with only Twitter comments, and see what this week brings.
No boards available, just the names, and you can let me know what you think in the comments.
Round 1: Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State
Finalizing game notes on Justin Gilbert (CB-OKState). Would have drafted him over any CB not-named Patrick Peterson in last three classes.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 24, 2014
Round 2: Dee Ford, OLB Auburn
Have liked #Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford since 1st game I saw him play in'13, and he didn't disappoint today in practice. Lightening-quick.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) January 20, 2014
Dee Ford was much better versus the run than i saw on film, very twitchy (a bit rigid) but plus first step speed and approach as edge rusher— Alex Brown (@OS_AlexBrown) January 20, 2014
Round 3: Robert Herron, WR Wyoming
Wyoming WR Robert Herron is a name to get familiar with for 2014 draft. He has caught the eye of scouts with his quicks and top-end speed.— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) January 22, 2014
NFL Draft Geek (@NFLDraftGeek) January 21, 2014
Daily summary of Robert Herron: wins at everything. That's it.— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) January 21, 2014
Round 4: Logan Thomas, QB Virginia Tech
A quote on Logan Thomas from team source: "I can teach a guy to throw. I can't teach him to be 6'5", 250 and fast."— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 22, 2014
Don't get me wrong, Logan Thomas is still a project but was accurate in today's workout. Eye discipline, transitions between reads very raw— Alex Brown (@OS_AlexBrown) January 22, 2014
Logan Thomas in nutshell: Upside/size like Cam Newton, long-term/questionable project like Terrelle Pryor, likely drafted like Brock Oswiler— Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) January 23, 2014
Round 5: Seantrel Henderson, OT Miami
Two offensive tackles impressed me at North's practice as well - Notre Dame's Zack Martin and Miami's Seantrel Henderson...— Josh Liskiewitz (@JoshLiskiewitz) January 20, 2014
I can sense Seantrel Henderson is going to make himself some money this weekend. He's IMPRESSIVE. Biggest guy, not stiff, moves people— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) January 20, 2014
Round 6: Jamea Thomas, S Georgia Tech
Cardinals six round haul: