The Arizona Cardinals have found some real gems in the third rounds of previous drafts.
Guys like Adrian Wilson, Darnell Dockett, Early Doucet, and Gerald Hayes come to mind.
So chances are, armed with two third round draft picks, the Cardinals should find someone to contribute to their team.
The fourth round hasn't been nearly as fruitful for the Cards, although last year's Round Four pick Greg Toler could have an impact as early as this year.
We've seen the needs of Arizona (if not, see my previous article: "Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft: Round One and Two"). Now let's take a look at some players they could take with their two third round picks and their fourth round pick.
Round Three, Pick 88 (from Ravens) and Pick 89
The Cardinals could go several different directions with this pick. However, based on my first and second mock picks for them in my previous article, Arizona now needs a linebacker.
Whether that means an outside or inside linebacker, they could go with two linebackers back-to-back if they want to, as their two third rounders are next to each other.
Some possibilities at linebacker:
Sean Lee, Penn State, ILB
He probably won't be available, but the Cards are bringing him in for a workout, so if he's still there in Round Two, they may take him then.
He's got a solid pedigree, coming from Linebacker U.
Brandon Spikes, Florida, ILB
He may not be here either, if nothing else but on name alone. But the same could've been said for Dockett when the Cards got him in 2004.
His draft stock is falling...could he slip to the Birds? They hope so.
Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech, OLB
They may go with Worilds based on the fact that he's 254 pounds and he ran a 4.65 in the 40. Not bad, huh?
Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State, OLB
Another guy with a good pedigree, Gibson is a little stronger than Worilds. But I think Arizona would want speed over strength.
Arizona has another big option here: a wide receiver. (They could also go after a tight end like Dorin Dickerson as well if he's still there.)
Eric Decker, Minnesota, WR
I don't know what it is. I just like this guy. Any receiver who does as well as he did (he leads the school in receptions with 227 all-time) at Minnesota deserves some credit.
Go. Read his bio. He can flat-out catch the ball. Arizona could use him.
Jacoby Ford, Clemson, WR
This would fulfill two needs: another receiver and a kick returner. Ford was known for his amazing athleticism at Clemson, and in a league that requires speed, you can never go wrong with a speed guy.
He might not be around though because of his insane 40 time (4.22), but I'd love to see him in a Cardinals uniform. Wouldn't you?
Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati, WR
If you haven't heard this kid's story, go Google it. Arizona likes high morale guys (with the exception of Joey Porter, apparently), and this kid wants to be the best.
He too could be used as a returner. He's not big, but he's tough and is used to the spread system the Cardinals employ (Cincinnati passed the ball...a lot). He'd be a great fit as well.
With that, let's have 'Zona go with a receiver and then a linebacker with these back-to-back selections.
Pick 88: Mardy Gilyard, WR
Pick 89: Jason Worilds, OLB
Round Four, Pick 125 (from Ravens)
This leaves Arizona with a couple of needs to fill: inside linebacker and an offensive lineman. Some possibilities:
Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State, ILB
Any linebacker from the SEC is almost sure to be NFL-ready. His draft stock is moving up, however, so the Cardinals could gamble on him in Round Three.
Phillip Dillard, Nebraska, ILB
Dillard finished on the All-Big 12 Second Team despite missing the first two games. Of course, he had a little help in college: a dominant defensive line. But reportedly his coverage skills are pretty good.
The Cards could use that.
Kyle Calloway, Iowa, OT
He's not overly athletic. But then again, who is at 6'7", 323? He would surely help the Cardinals' run game, and he's kind of in that Herman Johnson mode: just plain big.
They could also go in the direction of a QB...as that's a big need for depth:
John Skelton, Fordam, QB
We all know how small school QB's can have success in the NFL. Some guy named Warner did pretty well.
But at the same time Skelton didn't face a lot of good defenses. He's a tall QB however (6-6) and has a strong arm, something that would interest the Cards if he's still around.
Jevan Snead, Mississippi, QB
He had some serious issues his senior season, which might ward some teams off. But he has all the tools, and had a great junior season.
Sean Canfield, Oregon St., QB
Like Snead, has some great physical tools to make a prototypical NFL QB. And since we signed another Oregon St. QB in the offseason (Anderson), why not two?
Let's not forget as well that the Cardinals don't have a fifth round pick. Not that it matters, but they may reach a little with this one.
Pick 125: Phillip Dillard, ILB
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