The Arizona Cardinals like the second and third rounds in the NFL Draft as of late.
Getting guys like Adrian Wilson, Darnell Dockett, and Anquan Boldin will do that for you.
So who will the Cardinals go out and get tonight?
Well, we know what they won't get. They arguably filled their biggest need by drafting nose tackle Dan Williams.
That leaves inside linebacker as their biggest remaining need.
And if the Cardinals hold true to form as they have in previous years, they'll draft in inside linebacker in Round Two.
But there's a good chance a highly regarded one may not fall to them.
Here are some possibilities in Round Two for the Cards:
Sean Lee, ILB, Penn St.
I've already written plenty on Lee, who I believe the Cards are high on.
The question is whether he'll fall to them.
The mock drafts that have come out today have Lee going in the top half of Round Two, which means he wouldn't get to Arizona.
What happens then? Maybe they draft...
Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
He's not as highly regarded as Lee, but neither was Tim Tebow over, say, Jimmy Clausen.
Spikes has heart and an aggressive attitude. Sounds like Darnell Dockett would like him. (I can see the tweets now...)
Donald Butler, ILB, Washington
I really think that if Butler is available, the Cards could bite. They could wait until Round Three though.
So what happens if one of these three doesn't work out? The Cards are likely to fill a need on their offensive line (I've seen Charles Brown going to them in a couple of mock drafts), or possibly going with a receiver or a tight end (highly unlikely).
I would say initially that they will invest in some sort of defensive player, so if they don't get an inside linebacker, they could go with someone who can rush the passer and maybe replace Clark Haggans eventually.
Maybe someone like Ricky Sapp or Daryl Washington, if he's still available.
And if all else fails, just take Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. Works every time.
Round Three is a bit more tricky to guess where the Cardinals will go. But as I've previously guessed, I think they'll start to address some offensive needs.
They could go with a receiver or offensive lineman. Some possibilities, as previously mentioned, are:
Eric Decker, Minnesota, WR : Nothing jumps out at you...except the fact he can catch a football. Period.
Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale, OT : Never heard of Hillsdale? Doesn't matter...Jared is big, unlike the Subway Jared.
Carlton Mitchell, S. Florida, WR : Good size and speed combo from what I'm hearing...
Eric Norwood, S. Carolina, ILB : If they haven't addressed the inside linebacker needs in Round Two.
Jacoby Ford, Clemson, WR : Heck, he'd be the fastest guy on the roster already. Plus, the Cardinals could have fun with some offensive packages, and he'd help in the return game. What's not to like?
Have fun tonight watching the draft. Hopefully the Cardinals will find some gems in these rounds!
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