The Arizona Cardinals need to focus on three key areas for the upcoming NFL draft. Those areas are offensive tackle, outside linebacker and cornerback. The Cardinals don’t have much room under the salary cap, according to Spotrac, so the draft carries extra importance.
The Spotrac data doesn't include the signing of punter Dave Zastudil to a two-year contract earlier this week. Terms of Zastudil's deal were undisclosed.
The offensive tackle is an Arizona need. Right tackle Eric Winston is set to become a free agent. Bradley Sowell filled in at left tackle after Levi Brown was shipped to Pittsburgh but may not be a long-term solution.
Arizona needs additional support at outside linebacker since Pro Bowl linebacker John Abraham is aging. It would also serve to be a great complement to the inside linebackers in Arizona’s 3-4 scheme to get a strong edge-rusher.
The Cardinals have needs at cornerback with Antoine Cason, Javier Arenas and Yeremiah Bell set to be free agents. The team might be looking for a long-term player to start opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson. A rookie cornerback could be the answer.
We’ll take a look at two or three players at each of these positions and give updates. Start the slideshow below and we’ll jump right in with offensive tackles.