Steelers swipe Cardinals target, again

For the second straight year, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected a primary target the Arizona Cardinals had their eye on. Last year it was LB Ryan Shazier and this year it was LB Alvin "Bud" Dupree.

For the second straight year, the Pittsburgh Steelers tabbed a player the Arizona Cardinals were interested in just before going on the clock.

In the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cardinals had a strong interest in Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier and in the 2015 NFL Draft Arizona had a strong interest in Kentucky LB Alvin Dupree. Both Shazier and Dupree wound up with the Steelers.

Adding insult to injury was that Missouri LB Shane Ray was selected right after Dupree at pick No.23, leaving the Cardinals out of the running for two of the draft's best edge pass rushers.

Arizona desperately needs help in the pass-rushing department so both Dupree and Ray would have been welcomed additions in the desert. It wasn't meant to be, however, and the Cardinals still managed to get a player they coveted in Florida OT D.J. Humphries.

Arizona ranked Humphries as the 13th overall prospect on the team's big board and while they likely would have preferred Dupree or Ray, Humphries was certainly a solid value with the 24th selection.

Humphries is expected to compete for the starting right tackle position with incumbent Bobby Massie.

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