6 Players the Arizona Cardinals Should Target on Day 3
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The Arizona Cardinals have completed their second day at the NFL draft and picked a pair of LSU Tigers to add to the roster. Arizona picked linebacker Kevin Minter in the second round and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu in the third.
Arizona executed a trade with the San Diego Chargers that allowed San Diego to move up seven spots in the second round. The Chargers gave Arizona their fourth-round pick in the deal, so Arizona has two selections in the fourth round in addition to its fifth, sixth and seventh-round choices.
Start the slideshow below and take a look at who Arizona should target on the draft's final day.
Matt Barkley QB USC
Barkley lets a pass go against UCLA.
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Arizona should target USC quarterback Matt Barkley during Saturday's late rounds of the NFL draft. He impressed Arizona at the combine and worked out privately for the Cardinals, according to NFL.com.
There's clearly interest there, so Barkley is definitely a player for the Cardinals to target on Saturday.
Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse
Nassib has tumbled to the fourth round...or worse.
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Ryan Nassib is another quarterback for Arizona to target, mainly because he's still on the board at this point. Arizona was listed as a possible fit for Nassib, according to Syracuse.com.
He's already come in for a visit with the Cardinals, according to Pro Football Talk, so the interest is there.
Nassib is big enough to survive the pounding that comes with playing quarterback in the NFL and has a quick release. He's an intriguing prospect and could be additional depth at the position for Arizona.
Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina
Lattimore worked out at Pro Day despite a catastrophic knee injury.
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Lattimore would be a player who any team would have to wait on, but the results would be worth the wait. He's recovering from severe knee damage suffered against Tennessee and should be on Arizona's radar.
With a relatively shaky running back situation, Lattimore could be the kind of explosive player Arizona could put on the roster to complement Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams.
Shamarko Thomas SS Syracuse
Shamarko Thomas is still available when the fourth round opens.
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Thomas is another defender worth targeting, since the Cardinals are overhauling their defensive backfield. He loves to hit and should be able to drop down and support the run defense if Arizona takes him.
Thomas has speed to burn with his 4.37-second 40-yard dash time at the combine, and he led Syracuse with 88 tackles last season.
The downside is his small size at 5'9", but he would otherwise be a good player for Arizona to target on the third day of the draft.
Cornelius Washington DE Georgia
Washington would be able to bring pressure for Arizona.
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Washington has the size (6'4", 265 pounds), good speed (4.53 40-yard dash at the combine) and looks the part of a defensive lineman in the NFL.
Washington also has the talent to bring pressure and excel as a pass-rusher. He could learn from Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett if Arizona took him, and that should help Washington with his technique.
Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech
Patton lines up in the Senior Bowl.
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Patton could be an answer for Arizona to bolster its depth at wide receiver.
Patton's measurables (6'0", 204 pounds, 4.48 40-yard dash and 33" vertical) make him the kind of wide receiver who has an athletic build and accelerates quickly.
He was part of the nation's highest-scoring offense at Louisiana Tech with 51.5 points per game, and Patton's stat line (79 catches, 1202 yards, 11 touchdowns) was impressive. Some will question whether it's a product of the system, but Patton's skills are definitely there and could complement Larry Fitzgerald nicely.