Round 2, Pick 52: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Love this pick. Van Noy fills another defensive need with depth and improved athleticism at outside linebacker. He is a future leader in the locker room with a good head on his shoulders and a lot of experience in the 3-4 defense.
Round 3, Pick 84: Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
Arthur Lynch hasn’t gotten much publicity this draft season, but he’s a guy who will be able to contribute early despite the recent signings and is an underrated blocker to boot. If he’s on the roster in 2014, Rob Housler is likely not.
Round 3, Pick 91 (from Saints): Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
I was on this pick early in the draft process and shied away from it to be different, but I really think the Cardinals take Mettenberger at some point this weekend. If he’s there with New Orleans’ third-round pick, watch for Keim to pull the trigger on the signal-caller.
Round 4, Pick 120: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
Sticking with LSU here, Johnson is a solid nose tackle/3-technique defensive end who could develop into a run-stuffing monster for the Cardinals. He was a nearly every-down player for the Tigers in 2013, playing defensive tackle in 4-down linemen sets and dropping down to nose tackle in the traditional 3-4 look.
His versatility is intriguing.
Round 5, Pick 160: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
I can’t remember seeing him in any mock drafts, but mark it down: Walt Aikens will be drafted at some point this weekend. It would be great if the Cardinals jumped on it and took him late on Day 3 as a developmental guy. He has great upside and could have Richard Sherman-type potential. He’s physical and long, and he excelled at press-man coverage at a small school.
He’ll need some seasoning, but the skill set is there.
Round 6, Pick 196: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
Mr. Dakota Dozier played left tackle at Furman and succeeded wildly. But most see him as a guard at the next level, and he could be a good one at that. Dozier would develop as a right guard and would be a two-year insurance policy for Earl Watford.
As in, the Cardinals give Watford two years to become what they think he can be, and if he doesn’t live up to the billing, you move on and slide Dozier into the spot.