Five positions the Cardinals should target in the 2015 NFL Draft
This is by far the Cardinals’ biggest draft need. Most mock drafts project the Cardinals to take a RB in the first round. This could all change, of course, if they pull the trigger on an Adrian Peterson trade. Assuming that doesn’t get done, Arizona will grab a running back with its first pick. Bruce Arians loves speed and will have his choice of the best running backs in the draft with pick No. 24. Look for the Cardinals to grab either Melvin Gordon out of Wisconsin or Todd Gurley out of Georgia with their first-round selection.
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The Cardinals lost Darnell Dockett and Dan Williams early in free agency. They did sign some veteran defensive ends to help with their depth in Cory Redding, LaMarr Woodley and Corey Peters, but none of them will give provide star numbers. Some names to expect: Alvin Dupree from Kentucky and Nate Orchard from Utah.
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One of the Cardinals' biggest strengths last year was their secondary. Losing Antonio Cromartie to free agency has left them a little thin. They will need a strong corner to play alongside Patrick Peterson. Look for Arizona to target a CB in the early to middle rounds. Some players the Cards may be interested in: Jalen Collins out of LSU, Alex Carter out of Stanford and Steven Nelson out of Oregon State.
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They added some depth at the linebacker position in free agency with Sean Weatherspoon, but they can really improve the talent level on defense if they grab another linebacker early in the draft. Some names to keep an eye on include Eli Harold from Virginia, Eric Kendricks out of UCLA and Lorenzo Mauldin out of Louisville.
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Carson Palmer's there, but he is 35 years old and coming off an ACL tear. While he will be the starter heading into 2015, it's good to prepare for the future and have someone who can start learning the system. Look for the Cardinals to target a QB in the middle rounds, where some good arms will still be available. Brett Hundley from UCLA and Bryce Petty out of Baylor both have strong arms and could be steals.