There are many positions where the Arizona Cardinals could look to improve in this year's NFL Draft. They could look for a pass rusher, a cornerback, a running back or even a quarterback. However, one big need is at inside linebacker, where the Cardinals are uncertain about the future of Daryl Washington and Kevin Minter has yet to show he can be a full time player.
As such, it should be no surprise, when for the second week in a row, SB Nation's Dan Kadar projects the Cardinals will select an inside linebacker with the 24th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. This week, he has them taking UCLA inside linebacker Eric Kendricks.
There are a few directions the Cardinals can go with this pick. A pass rusher, offensive lineman or defensive lineman make some sense. Kendricks is a plug-and-play prospect who could become one of the team's leaders straight away.
The truth is Kendricks is exactly the type of player the Cardinals would take. He was awarded the Collegiate Butkus Award, given to college football's top linebacker. He is a senior. He was a team captain for UCLA and he was a playmaker.
He is the younger brother of dynamic Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks and his father was a college and CFL football player, so he has the blood line.
The only question is whether the team would use him to replace Daryl Washington or to perhaps supplant Kevin Minter, who was drafted in the second round in 2013 and has yet to show he is ready for a full-time role on the defense.
Here is his CBS Sports draft profile. He strikes me as a very Cardinals move, much like Deone Bucannon a year ago.