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2015 NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals taking a pass rusher, center early in Cardinals mock 1.0

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What happens if the Cardinals take a pass rusher first?

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

With the 24th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have a lot of different ways they can go, so we'll start by looking at the idea of the Arizona Cardinals taking a pass rusher first.

Here is how the mock draft fell on FanSpeak.com (again it is a finicky app, but let's be honest the NFL Draft is finicky and this year has the makings of no one really knowing what is going to happen):

With the names left on the board... And for this exercise, the Arizona Cardinals select:

24. Alvin "Bud" Dupree, Edge Rusher, Kentucky

In this instance, I may take TJ Clemmings, maybe even Cameron Erving, but if the names fell like this, Dupree is my favorite edge rusher I have studied so far.

This is interesting, simply because Hauoli Kikaha is available, which makes me wonder if taking Dupree at 24 was the best pick, especially since Erving was available and you could have taken a Erving/Kikaha combo 1 and 2.

The other interesting aspect of this is the running backs that are still available.

I do not like running backs early, the names I do like. though...It is a tough decision, but I feel like, with the 55th pick:

55. Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon

Tough decision here, but upgrading at edge rusher and interior offensive line, feels like a win.

I gave it away, but I thought this was a good chance here to add the running back, even with the names still on the board. Gurley is interesting, BUT the Cardinals have gotten no production from their 2013 first round and second round picks, and nothing from the 2014 second and one of the third round picks. Can they afford to draft Gurley knowing he likely will not have a ton of impact in 2015?  That is a tough one.

With the 86th pick the Cardinals select:

86. TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama

He reminds me a little of prime Rashard Mendenhall, so he may work well in what Bruce Arians likes to do, and with my belief and theory that you draft a running back every two to three years, this would makes sense.

I am not sure if Yeldon is my favorite back, but here, I like him more than any other option outside of maybe Eric Kendricks.

That is an early look at a three round mock draft, taking a pass rusher early, how it could unfold.

With the options on the board, what way would you look to go?