Cardinals have multiple options on Day 2 of draft
TEMPE, Ariz. – Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said the first six picks of the NFL Draft went largely as expected on Thursday, leading to the team's selection of North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper with the No. 7 pick.
Rest assured, the rest of the first round’s 32 picks did not map out quite as neatly, so the Cardinals’ brain trust was likely working late to figure out its strategy when it drafts again at No. 38 and No. 69 in the second and third rounds on Friday.
With five tackles already off the board, the Cardinals clearly do not have a shot at the draft’s top talent at that position, but it is still an area they could look to address on Day 2. Players such as Florida State’s Menelik Watson, Arkansas Pine-Bluff’s Terron Armstead and Colorado’s David Bakhtiari are still available.
But the Cards also have other significant needs at pass rusher and safety, and they could target an inside linebacker or a quarterback since only Florida State’s EJ Manuel has been selected. That leaves QBs such as West Virginia’s Geno Smith, USC’s Matt Barkley and Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib still on the board.
If the Cards are looking to shore up the inside linebacker position, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and LSU’s Kevin Minter are possibilities.
Three safeties went in the first round, but Florida International’s Jonathan Cyprien, projected by many as a first-rounder, is still available, as are Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas and South Carolina’s D.J. Swearinger.
As far as pass rushers go, outside linebackers Arthur Brown (Kansas State) and Jamie Collins (Southern Mississippi) are still on the board, as are defensive ends Cornellius "Tank" Carradine (Florida State), Margus Hunt (SMU), Damontre Moore (Texas A&M) and Sam Montgomery (LSU).
Although less likely, the Cards could even go after a running back since none have been selected yet. Alabama’s Eddie Lacy, UCLA’s Jonathan Franklin and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball are the top-rated backs.
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