Cardinals finally get pass rusher

The Arizona Cardinals were expected to select a pass-rushing specialist in the first round of the draft but had to wait until picking Markus Golden in Round 2.

After getting the short end of the stick on LBs Alvin Dupree and Shane Ray in the first round of the NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals finally got a pass rusher in Missouri's Markus Golden at pick No. 58 in the second round.

Ironically, GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians became more and more interested in Golden after watching film of the before mentioned Ray. Golden's play stuck out on film, nearly to the magnitude of Ray.

Arians went on to compare Golden to that of former Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison and if Golden can make half the impact Harrison did, he'd probably be a successful additon to the Cardinals defense.

Golden's measurables and 40-yard dash time at the Combine weren't overwhelmingly good, but Arizona like his game tape and intangibles enough to make the pick.

Golden will be counted on to make an immediate impact as an edge pass rusher and to inject life into a Cardinals pass rush that struggled a year ago.


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