Round 2; Who to Watch For

One down, six to go. There could be a trade, there could be a dramatic move, there could be Brady Quinn! Who is likely to be there when the Cards pick in the second round, and who will be the best fit.

Who to watch now you ask?

Certainly it's early, but at CardinalInsider we'd be surprised if they took offensive linemen back to back.  There are other needs, Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves know it, and the rumors over Alan Faneca are at least solid rumors, so don't expect them to jump at another lineman in the second round. 

A list of guys who might be available, and who the Cardinals are watching closely:

Alan Branch will be there.  He might be there in the third round.  Everyone has heard about his lack of heart, lack of work ethic.  The reason Arizona should grab him in the second round is because you simply cannot teach someone to be 6'6", 324 and have the kind of natural strength Branch possesses.  Strength Coach John Lott (wearing a clown wig) will whip Branch into shape.  Watson will teach him about the rigors of an NFL camp and the regular season. 

Miami linebacker Jon Beason should be there as well.  We would have hated this pick during the Denny Green years, as Beason didn't start playing linebacker until his junior year, and thus will have a lot to learn.  Under Whisenhunt, we believe teaching can be accomplished.  Don't forget that Beason has been a target of the Steelers coming in, the Whiz may not work there anymore, but don't think he's not having dinner every now and again.  This pick is the antithesis of Branch.  Branch you're drafting for physical gifts, Beason you're drafting for leadership and intangibles.

If the cornerback rush starts soon, he'll be gone, but with the CBs sliding so far the Cardinals will be keeping their fingers crossed for cornerback Chris Houston out of Arkansas.  At 5'10" he's one of the bigger CBs in the draft this year, and his 4.36 40 time would make him the fastest guy on the team before he picked up the phone.  Still, banking on Houston isn't smart, and beyond him there is a significant drop off in CB talent, with the only real possibility being Eric Wright out of UNLV.


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