Everyone knows the Arizona Cardinals have some work to do at the inside linebacker position, unless Daryl Washington is fully reinstated without a further suspension and Kevin Minter finally picks it up coming into season three, then inside linebacker is a need...again.
How would that look if the Cardinals addressed inside linebacker early?
Let's take a look in this four-round mock draft, using FanSpeak's On the Clock.
Rd 1: Benardrick McKinney, ILB Mississippi St
McKinney is an intriguing, long, fast twitch athlete who could be almost a Karlos Dansby like presence on the inside. He's not the most fluid athlete right now, and does not always play as fast as he will time, he has the chance to get there.
Cameron Erving, C Florida State
Todd Gurley, RB Georgia
What do the Cardinals need after they find inside linebacker help? Well, let's take a look at the board.
Rd 2: Owamagbe Odigizuwa, Edge Player UCLA
Let's put it this way, as the 2015 NFL Draft process continues, I do not believe Odigizuwa will be available for the Cardinals second round selection. Outside of his medical issues, hip surgery cost him his 2013 season.
Double O is an athlete who understands how to work in space, he was not asked to rush the passer consistently at UCLA, but he has the "tools" to do that in the NFL, but he also has the body, size 6'3" 270lbs, to hold up against the run as well.
Hroniss Grasu, C Oregon
Jay Ajayi, RB Boise State
Mike Davis, RB South Carolina
Now the Cardinals defense has two of the pieces it may be missing walking into the 2015 NFL Draft, and there are some options on offense, or continuing to build the defense for their new defensive coordinator.
Rd 3: Phillip Dorsett, WR Miami
This may seem curious and, hell, I agree it is, but Dorsett is the ideal Arians wide receiver, in the John Brown/Antonio Brown/T.Y. Hilton mold, with blazing speed and the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, so I am a glutton, and could see this being the play.
David Cobb, RB Minnesota
Reese Dismukes, C Auburn
Alex Carter, CB Stanford
Adding a round, adding a player, adding a guess, playing out the scenarios, we'll get into better, deeper scenarios as the off season rolls around, but this is interesting.
This comes down to two players really, and that is David Cobb and Andy Galik. What came first, the running back or offensive line?
Rd 4: Andy Galik, C Boston College
Galik is a lot like young Lyle Sendlein, maybe a bit stronger at the point of attack, but he has the ability to anchor in the passing game against nose tackles, with the ability to move in a zone scheme, or work well within a power run game.
I like Cobb quite a bit, but Galik, he could be a possible answer...maybe.
That's my four round mock, what would yours look like?