Hard to believe the NFL Draft is only a month away.
Time flies when you're having fun in the offseason I guess.
And the Cardinals have certainly had their share of fun.
In the biggest offseason in quite some time for the Cardinals, about the only thing that hasn't changed is Larry Fitzgerald. And with all these changes, needs have been created and taken away for Arizona.
All of the sudden, with the signing of Joey Porter, a rush or outside linebacker isn't a necessity. There's a chance they'll take one later in the draft, but in Round One, probably not.
An offensive lineman isn't as desperately needed with the signing of Rex Hadnot, although I can almost guarantee they will draft one later.
A tight end will not be drafted by the Cardinals, unless a phenomenal one is dropped in their laps. Mark that down now. With their three tight ends re-signed, the Cardinals brass has made that clear.
Safety isn't as pressing with the signing of Kerry Rhodes. Although they probably could take one later.
So now that we know what they don't need as much, let's examine some current needs for our beloved Cardinals:
There have been several thoughts thrown out on various Cardinals blogs that they need a better starting corner opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
I couldn't agree more after watching McFadden in the playoffs.
2. Middle Linebacker
Paris Lenon only temporarily fills that hole. Mark it down.
3. Defensive Tackle
Very big need alongside cornerback. Bryan Robinson probably has another year in him though, so not as pressing as cornerback.
Also, Darnell Dockett can play the NT position.
4. Wide Receiver
The Cardinals have drafted some very good receivers. They should go again in that direction this year.
With that, let's mock the first two rounds for the Cards:
I truly believe now that the Cardinals will go one of two directions here: either a NT or CB.
I have seen several mock drafts giving them Dan Williams from Tennessee. But with more defenses switching to 3-4, I have a feeling he'll be gone before Arizona picks.
Therefore, the Cardinals could go with a cornerback. They did two years ago with DRC, so why not now?
Looking at the prospects however, and knowing the Cardinals like athletic freaks, they may go with someone taller, like Chris Cook of Virginia in Round Two.
I've seen a variety of picks for Arizona in multiple mock drafts, including one recently having them pick a WR. They very well could do that, but I think they believe in Early Doucet, so that could be later.
And they could also go with an inside linebacker. If Sean Weatherspoon is still available, I can't see the Cardinals passing him up. But he too could be long gone.
I'm actually going to agree with the mock draft here on B/R. Who knew?
Pick: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
Well, I already gave away who I'd like to see the Cardinals take, but let's examine a couple of other options.
They may go with a wide receiver in this round. Brandon LaFell and Damian Williams may be around.
A defensive tackle may be on the board here if they don't take one in the first round. Cam Thomas and Thomas Allualu seem like good options.
As well, if Colt McCoy falls to the Cardinals, I wouldn't be shocked to see them take him.
But I'm going with a CB.
Pick: Chris Cook, CB, Virginia