FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Arizona Cardinals

With The 31st Pick In The FanIQ NFL Mock Draft, The Arizona Cardinals Select...

4/24/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

With the NFL Draft coming tomorrow, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we're featuring picks from the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers. Every day until tomorrow, Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Next up, I'll be making the #31 pick for the Arizona Cardinals.

Here are the picks so far:

1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Clay Matthews, LB, USC
16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
17. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
18. Denver Broncos - Brian Cushing, LB, USC
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
20. Detroit Lions - Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
22. Minnesota Vikings - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

23. New England Patriots - Paul Kruger, LB/DE, Utah
24. Atlanta Falcons - Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia
25. Miami Dolphins - Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Cincinnati
26. Baltimore Ravens - Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
27. Indianapolis Colts - Jeria Perry, DT, Mississippi
28. Buffalo Bills - Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
29. New York Giants - Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
30. Tennessee Titans - Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

The Arizona Cardinals are up next, thanks to their Super Bowl appearance. They still need some offensive line help, and would love to see one of the top tackles fall to them. Even now, with Arizona's Eben Britton available, that could be an appealing option for them. Another need is all over the defense. Their offense was one of the best in the league last year, but they could use another outside linebacker or a CB. There really aren't any good options right now at OLB, but Darius Butler would be a tempting pick as well. Another huge need is at running back, where they have an aging Edgerrin James and an unproven Tim Hightower.

Britton and Butler are nice options, but the most talented difference-maker available could be Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie" Wells. Some people think he could be the best back in the draft, and his combination of size and speed make him a potentially excellent NFL running back.

In the end, I think the Cardinals have to take Ohio State RB Beanie Wells. They have been building a solid line for a while, and they will still have a chance to snag another solid tackle later in the draft. If they can somehow keep WR Anquan Boldin, Wells could be the last piece to make this offense unstoppable.
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4/24/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Not that it matters, but I think Harvin might fall here due to the weed issues and if so he makes a nice  pick up if they lose Boldin.

4/24/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 umm ... i doubt wells gets this far down ... so im guessing this pick will be McCoy from pitt. 

4/24/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

If he falls to them, this would be a good pick for them.  They are tight up against the cap and could finally grant and unhappy Edge his release (where he would go back to Indy) nd then the Cards offense would be as you mentioned: unstoppable.