Looking Toward the '07 Draft

There is no such thing as looking at the NFL Draft too early, and with as many holes as the Cardinals have they know this all too well. Cardinals scouts were all over the country this week, find out where, why, and who they were looking at in a CardinalInsider.com exclusive. ALSO: Who will suit up this week against the Rams? CardinalInsider.com has the latest injury news.


The injuries are starting to mount, and the Cardinals are, along with every other NFL team, already looking to see who might be available in the draft next year.  News from the trainer's table, and news from the scout's clipboard as the Cardinals look to plug more than one hole, this week, and in years to come.


CB David Macklin, who went from starting the opening game to being inactive in the second contest, but an injury to Eric Green could hasten his return to the starting lineup this week. Eric Green suffered a groin pull that could keep him out.

CB Eric Green may be kept out of next week's game due to a groin pull suffered in Week 2.

LB James Darling suffered a pulled calf muscle and could miss some time.


Cardinals scouts were among those in attendance at the Missouri Tiger's practice Tuesday, and while most teams were focusing on tight end Martin Rucker, the Cardinals needs dictated more interest in safety David Overstreet, a bomber in the mold of Dallas' Roy Williams and defensive end Brian Smith who is undersized and fast (6'3"/225/4.70 40 time) or exactly the type of player Clancy Pendergast loves in his system, and since would likely fall to the the third or fourth round, and could convert to linebacker, he offers a lot of versatility for a later round pick.

From Missouri is was just a hop, skip and a jump to the West Virginia/Maryland tilt, where in the never ending search for a real offensive line the Cards might be taking a long look at West Virginia center/guard Dan Mozes.  Though they still need more help at tackle, one can't assume that anybody on the Cardinals offensive line is guaranteed a spot next season and Scout.com Draft Expert Tony Pauline says that Mozes' versatility is the key to his rising stock. 

And while cornerback Josh Wilson of Maryland is a project, his blazing speed and nice size could be attractive to Dennis Green and Pendergast, particularly after the first two weeks of the season, where Macklin and Green have, at best underperformed.  While most view Wilson as a nickle or dime back early, but his athleticism means that with work he could develop into a solid starting corner.


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