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2015 NFL mock draft: Todd McShay projects pass rusher to Arizona Cardinals in mock draft 1.0

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The Cardinals were in desperate need of a pass rusher only eight weeks ago, but have found a remedy in the second half of the season, that doesn't mean they still don't need help.

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When ESPN draft guru Todd McShay mocks, the internet goes off on it for days. Then another mock or something else more entertaining happens and everyone forgets, but for the 2015 NFL Draft the first mock draft from Todd McShay usually means the start of a lot of fans looking at the draft.

For Cardinals fans, for the second time in two seasons Cardinals fans are not looking at prospects already.

Unfortunately for you, I am and always will be, and McShay's initial mock gives the Cardinals an interesting selection.

With the 30th pick in the first round, McShay projects the Cardinals to select Kentucky outside linebacker Bud Dupree.

Arizona's quarterback situation has been complicated by Carson Palmer tearing his ACL the same week he signed a contract extension with the team, but the Cardinals aren't going to find a solution at this spot, even if they're looking for one. Dupree is a bit of a tweener but projects best as a 3-4 outside linebacker, making him a good fit for Arizona's scheme at a position of need. He is an outstanding athlete for his size, with very good speed and redirect skills.

An undersized, explosive, athletic, edge rusher who has some ability against the run already, Dupree has the ability to be exactly what the Cardinals need to add to their defense. Is that who you would have taken Cardinals fans?