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2015 NFL Draft: College players to watch today for Arizona Cardinals needs

Who could be targets for the Cardinals in next year's draft?

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The Cardinals are 6-1 and with that comes an eye towards the postseason, but very rarely are you able to completely ignore what the flaws of the team are, even when that team has the best record in the NFC.

Barring a collapse of epic proportions the Cardinals should be picking in the 20's again in the 2015 NFL Draft, which means they'll miss the first wave of players that fit their biggest "need": Pass rusher is really all that stands out.

There are names to know coming into week 11 of the college football season as far as pass rushers go:

Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Dante Fowler Jr, Florida
Vic Beasley, Clemson

There is a good chance none of those guys will be available when the Cardinals pick.

However, here are five more names to watch this Saturday, so you can start getting to know the pass rushers in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Kentucky Wildcats at Missouri Tigers, SEC Network, 1pm AZ Time

Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE Kentucky, Senior, 6-4 26lbs #2

Dupree is a name that is starting to pop up more and more on the national radar, and rightfully so.

He's an athletic freak, with a quick first step off the line and uses it to jolt defenders initially before getting into his pass rush. Dupree shows off strong hands, and the ability to take on blocks and shed them rushing the passer. He has a limited, but effective arsenal of pass rush moves and relies heavily on his athleticism, but has improved immensely over the last two seasons.

Shane Ray, DE Missouri, Junior 6-3 245 lbs #56

This game is a cavalcade of pass rushing talent, and Ray might be the best one in the game. Ray is another talented, quick, dynamic pass-rushing force that wins with pure speed off the side. While Ray is undersized compared to other prospects, even in this game, he has the best burst off the edge, with an ability to drop his hips, dip his shoulder and get to the quarterback.

Markus Golden, DE Missouri, Senior 6-3 260lbs #33

Golden is an interesting prospect who has the size but not the build. He looks bulky instead of long and lean, but is another one of those impactful Missouri pass rushers. Golden has the same type of burst, but plays with a more physical nature.  Golden uses his hands the best of this group, and his skillset looks the most transferable right now, but you have to wonder if he can play the edge in the NFL.

Washington Huskies at Colorado Buffaloes, Pac12 Network, 10am AZ Time

Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB Washington, Senior 6-3 250lbs #8

There's one concern that cannot be overlooked when talking about the dynamic Kikahi, which is that he has paper mache for knees. With wo ACL tears in the same leg already, Kikaha is a medical red flag from the jump, but man, is he intriguing.

Kikaha has a background in Judo and it shows in his hand usage. Kikaha is able to keep offensive lineman off his body and when a lineman can't get his hands on you, they have trouble stopping you, even if you are not an "elite" athlete. Kikaha has a plethora of pass rush moves, understands setting up moves for later in the game and has a motor that won't quit. Can teams overlook the knees? One did for Dominique Easley.

Utah Utes at Arizona State Sun Devils, Fox Sports 1, 8pm AZ Time

Nate Orchard, OLB Utah, Senior, 6-4 255 lbs #8

A name some within the Pac-12 fan base might be aware of, Orchard is starting to gain some traction within the NFL Draft community. Orchard is a freak athlete, who can bring pressure off the edge, has excellent change of direction skills and shows explosiveness in his game. He is a name to watch against ASU this weekend and a guy who can become a name to know as we get closer to the draft.