Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim addressed the media Thursday morning in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Here are some of the key points he made:
He said that, because the Cardinals have to compete in the NFC West, "there's no room for error." He also said that Arizona is "at least two to three players away from being an upper-echelon team."
Looking ahead for putting together a team, Keim says you have to keep in mind the quarterbacks that there are in the division in Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. As such, "you have to have guys like Dansby and guys like Daryl Washington who can run and cover ground and play outside the box."
Keim said that, upon hearing the chatter about rumors that the Patriots wanted to trade for Larry Fitzgerald, "I was trying to find someone to fire because they never called me."
He said that offensive guard Jonathan Cooper is ahead of schedule in his recovery from his broken leg.
When asked about taking a left tackle with the 20th pick, he said it was possible, but cited the struggles of the first round tackles taken a year ago and how they all played right tackle. He said that Bradley Sowell had his struggles, but that "he did do some nice things for us."
He said that re-signing Karlos Dansby is "a big priority," but that "you have to be prepared to move on."
Bruce Arians will address the media on Friday.