Lot of options for Cardinals in first round
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Posted Apr 26, 2012


Without a second-round pick - sent to the Eagles in the trade for Kevin Kolb - the Cardinals likely would be open to move down from pick No. 13 to secure more draft choices.

Without a second-round pick - sent to the Eagles in the trade for Kevin Kolb - the Cardinals likely would be open to move down to pick up, say an extra third or fourth. The hunch, however, is they stay at 13 because they think they can get a very good player here.

Supposedly, Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is moving up boards into the top 10, meaning a quality player is going to slide.

If a quality offensive lineman is there, say Reiff from Iowa or guard David DeCastro from Stanford, the Cardinals probably would stay put and take one of them.

It's doubtful the team is interested in moving up in the early rounds. They already lack a second-round pick. They have two sixth-rounders but that's not enough to make any major move up the board.

As for Reiff, the Cardinals haven't drafted an offensive lineman since 2009. They haven't taken one above the fifth round since selecting Levi Brown fifth overall in 2007. While the team has added free-agent guards Daryn Colledge and Adam Snyder over the past two years, tackle is a position that still needs to be addressed. Reiff would seem to fit perfectly. He comes from Iowa, which has a reputation for turning out good offensive linemen. He's tenacious and a good pass blocker. The Cardinals have the option of using him on either side.

In the case of Floyd, fans and Arizona media seem to think the team needs a second receiver much more than Cardinals coaches and management does. Coaches like Andre Roberts as the No. 2 receiver, and think the reason he didn't get the ball enough last year was because of the quarterback. Early Doucet, the third receiver, had a breakout year, finishing second on the team in receptions. But dynamic playmakers are hard to pass up when available at No. 13, and Floyd appears to be that. Lining him up opposite of Larry Fitzgerald is awful alluring. At 6-3 and 221 pounds, Floyd is built a lot like Fitzgerald, and like Fitzgerald, he's from Minnesota. Adding him to the receiving corps could make an average quarterback look better.

The Cardinals don't have a second-round pick and would have to seriously consider David should he fall this far. He's not big, 6-0, 233 pounds, but all he did at Nebraska was made big plays. The Cardinals need more young outside linebackers, and David has speed to make up for his lack of size.

Nice fits: Tackle Riley Reiff, wide receiver Michael Floyd, linebacker Lavonte David.



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