With the NFL offseason now in full swing with the Super Bowl over, we can turn our attention to the NFL Draft in earnest. We have had mock draft results for some time, but this week SB Nation's Dan Kadar mocked two rounds.
For the Arizona Cardinals, this resulted in a pick we have seen before and more talent for the defense.
For the second week in a row, linebacker Eric Kendricks from UCLA is the pick for Arizona in the first round.
Kendricks is an instinctual, playmaking linebacker who could slot in as a starting inside linebacker as a rookie. He's capable of making plays all over the field, and can be used in man coverage. There's little Kendricks can't do. He just might not grade out because of his size.
He is listed at 6-0, 230 pounds. He might be a little small. But his production is undeniable.
In the second round, Kadar has Arizona going with Mississippi State defensive lineman Preston Smith.
Smith is 6-4, 270 pounds and saw his stock rise at the Senior Bowl. Some even have him potentially a first round pick.
This is from SB Nation's Mississippi State team site:
His versatility to play any position on the d-line makes him a wanted man for any team out there with a 3-4 scheme.
The numbers speak for themselves: 48 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 9 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, 2 int's, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 blocked kicks
Preston might have improved his draft stock in one season more than anybody else in the country.
At 270 pounds, he seems a little small to play everywhere on a 3-4 defense, but that didn't stop the Cardinals from taking Kareem Martin. Perhaps he has room to grow in terms of build like Martin.
What do you think of these two picks?