Round 1 (Pick No. 24)
I think the Cardinals will be tempted by a running back here, but that position has become relatively disposable in today’s NFL. That said, Arizona addresses another primary need with a pass-rushing outside linebacker.
Selection: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
Round 2 (Pick No. 55)
Another spot that GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arias could nab a running back, but the defensive line also needs some help. Dan Williams and Darnell Dockett are both gone, leaving a massive whole in the trenches.
Selection: Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
Round 3 (Pick No. 86)
This appears to be the best value spot for a running back, considering that this year’s crop of running backs is extremely deep and talented. Arizona could use an elusive runner who can also help contribute in the passing game.
Selection: Buck Allen, RB, USC
Round 4 (Pick No. 123)
The Cardinals’ offensive line has been improved dramatically over the past two seasons but depth and youth are always welcomed in the trenches. Another good value pick as getting a lineman with a chance to develop in the middle rounds is always a winning strategy.
Selection: Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma
Round 5 (Pick No. 159)
Arizona could invest in an inside linebacker sooner, but this year’s class isn’t loaded with quality interior linebackers meaning the team would likely need to reach to get its target. Waiting until the later rounds might be the best way to address this postion.
Selection: Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan St.
Round 6 (Pick No. 198)
The Cardinals take another stab at a running back late in the draft, this time a more powerful runner who could be used in goal-line and short-yardage situations. This late in the draft the team could also just instill a best player available mentality.
Selection: Karlos Williams, RB, Florida St.
Round 7 (Pick No. 241)
Even after addressing inside linebacker earlier, the team still needs depth and obtaining help on special teams is also a necessity at this point in the draft. This pick would address both areas for Arizona.
Selection: Amarlo Herrera, ILB, Georgia
Round 7 (Pick No. 256) ***Compensatory Pick***
Keim and Arians would be wise to look for versatility at tight end / fullback and this pick would fit the bill as the Cardinals snag Mr. Irrelevant for 2015.
Selection: A.J. Derby, TE, Arkansas
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