Cards seeking answers during Pro Day circuit

Coach Ken Whisenhunt and company are hard at work on the college Pro Day circuit, determining who to target in this year's draft.


--Coach Ken Whisenhunt attended Auburn's Pro Day and watched quarterback Cam Newton intently. At the end of Newton's scheduled session, Whisenhunt asked him to throw a couple of specific routes and then shook his hand. What does all that mean? Probably nothing. Newton might not last to No. 5, and it would be a surprise if the Cardinals took him. They need immediate help at other positions.

--Receiver Larry Fitzgerald doesn't like talking about his contract, but he's spent the offseason doing it anyway. Fitzgerald has traveled a media circuit for various endorsements, and at every stop he's asked about his contract, which expires after the 2011 season. Fitzgerald's every word is analyzed for hidden meaning, but his comments have been bland. Fitzgerald has consistently said his preference is to remain in Arizona.

--GM Rod Graves attended Texas A&M's Pro Day, which featured outside linebacker Von Miller. Many mock drafts have the Cardinals taking him at No. 5.

--The Cardinals have taken a big gamble by letting three key offensive players go unsigned this offseason. Center Lyle Sendlein, guard Deuce Lutui and receiver Steve Breaston all could become free agents, depending upon the outcome of collective bargaining. The Cardinals don't have much depth at any of those three positions, and losing any one of those players would be damaging.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There are only so many things you can address through free agency, and it seems through the history of free agency there hasn't been as much impact as draft picks." -- Coach Ken Whisenhunt.



1. Outside linebacker: Last year's starters, Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, will both be 34 when the season starts. The Cardinals have failed to replenish the position and need an impact pass rusher. Von Miller makes a lot of sense.

2. Guard: Left guard Alan Faneca is considering retirement, and right guard Deuce Lutui is not under contract for 2011. The Cardinals are hopeful both will return, but there are no guarantees. The backups, Jeremy Bridges and Rex Hadnot, are solid veterans, but the club has few young players at the position.

3. Inside linebacker: The club needs a physical linebacker in the 3-4. Gerald Hayes likely will be released, and Paris Lenon and Daryl Washington are on the small side. The Cardinals' runs defense was suspect last season, partly because their linebackers could not hold up physically.

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