Inside the War Room: Round 4

As we close in towards Day One, the Cardinals may be able to find themselves a "diamond in the rough" in Round 4. Is there anything of value to be had at this point in the draft? We say yes.

Early Day Two picks are low risk, high reward endeavors.  Everyone has potential, but everyone has a hole.  If they didn't have holes, they would have been taken in the first round.

It's entirely possible that guys with third round grades such as Eric Weddle and Zachary DeOssie may be available at this point in the fourth round, considering that Arizona has such a high pick.  If those guys are available, they're third round guys and must be taken.  In likelihood, they'll be gone (Weddle was taken as high as 30th overall in the Scout.com Publisher's Mock Draft).

Who will be there?  Lots of good guys, including Daniel Bazuin, DE, Central Michigan.

Bazuin slips a little because he's undersized for a 4-3 end (6'2", 266), but he could add about 20 pounds and not see much of a drop in his acceleration.  He could also lose about 10 pounds and play with his hand off the ground in the 3-4 schemes that coach Whisenhunt is looking to install in the off-season.  Above all else, Bazuin gives the Cardinals options.  Small enough to be a rush linebacker in the 3-4, able to add enough weight to be a rush end in the 4-3.

Let's face facts, Chike Okeafor and Bert Berry aren't getting any younger and they most definitely aren't getting any more durable.  Back-up Antonio Smith performed as admirably as was to be expected in Okeafor's absence, but he's not a long term solution. Bazuin, aside from adding much needed depth, could be that long term solution.

Another intriguing prospect for this round is Juwan Simpson, S, Alabama.  Simpson would be miscast as a linebacker (his natural position) at the NFL level because he is too small (6'2", 228).   But, he's fast enough (4.59 in the 40), and has the coverage skills to make the transition to safety.  Division rival Seattle has already talked to him about moving to the back four, and I'm sure the Cardinals would like nothing better than to pluck someone off of Mike Holmgren's board.

They could go linebacker at this point if they don't listen to my sage advice and wait for H.B. Blades to fall to them in the sixth round.  In that case, Stanford's Michael Okwo and Florida's Brandon Siler.  Okwo is an explosive player with good instincts and Siler has big game experience to go along with his outstanding range.

If they're still in the market for a tackle, Northern Illinois prospect Doug Free could still be available.

Overall, some solid players still available at this point for Arizona.  Will they take any of them?  I guess we'll find out on Sunday.

Editor's Pick: Daniel Bazuin, DE, Central Michigan.


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