Saturday, April 30, 2005

A+

Looking at this draft class I must say that the Cardinals out did themselves. They stocked up on two very solid coner backs, added J.J. Arrington, and through in what most would have thought to be a late first round choice or mid second round choice in linebacker Blackstock.

1-8 A. Rolle DB Miami (FL)
2-44 J. Arrington RB California
3-75 E. Green CB Virginia Tech
3-95 D. Blackstock LB Virginia
4-111 E. Brown G Virginia
5-168 L. Mitchell LB Oklahoma
7-226 L. McCoy WR Indiana (PA)

By far one of the best draft plans in the 2005 NFL draft. Good Job Cards!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Drafting a Plan

The club has no proven playmaker at running back, and it could easily take one of the three best backs in the draft with the No. 8 pick. It's questionable whether Auburn RBs Carnell Williams or Ronnie Brown will drop to eighth. Texas' Cedric Benson could be there, but his speed is a concern. The Cardinals already have one back, Marcel Shipp, who runs in the 4.6 range and is most effective between the tackles.

So, coach Dennis Green might opt to wait until the second round to take a back. California's J.J. Arrington should be there, and he would give the club some speed at that spot, as would Oklahoma State's Vernand Morency. Green thinks three cornerbacks will go in the top 10, although he won't say whether the Cardinals will take one of them. It's questionable whether Antrel Rolle of Miami will drop to No. 8, but West Virginia's Adam Jones and Auburn's Carlos Rogers probably will. The Cardinals had success with an Auburn product last year, OLB Karlos Dansby, and Green likes players from big-time schools.

Rogers also has the ability to return kicks, which the team desperately needs. The Cardinals haven't drafted a cornerback since 2001, and they won't go another year without taking one. As for the need at tight end, Stanford's Alex Smith could be there in the second round. If the club waits until the later rounds, Miami's Kevin Everett and California's Garrett Cross could be intriguing prospects. The team could use a guard or tackle, but neither is likely to be chosen until the later rounds. Mississippi State T David Stewart could be such a choice, as could Northwestern G Ike Ndukwe.