Who to Look For: Round 5

The clock has started on Day Two of the NFL Draft. The Cardinals traded their fourth round pick to Oakland in order to acquire Alan Branch yesterday, so we're looking ahead to the fifth. Who will be there? Who are they targeting? Find out here.

Having gone defense in rounds two and three, Arizona will most likely go offense in the fifth round.

Likely candidates are Virginia Tech wide receiver David Clowney.  Clowney had been projected to go in the third round, but he is still on the board.  Since a number of receivers have already been taken (and not according to the rankings we had), he could very well be there when the clock starts to roll for the Cardinals at 142 overall.

Clowney has good size (6', 184), but he's a little too skinny to play receiver for Arizona.  At least under the old regime.  Ken Whisenhunt has been able to get maximum production out of player's of Clowney's ilk in the past and does not necessarily require size and strength from his receivers.  In addition, with the loss of Troy Walters and with Sean Morey more accustomed to playing on special teams, Arizona will need a fourth receiver with the kind of speed (Clowney clocked in at 4.39 in the 40 at the Combine) to get down the filed in Whisenhunt's vertical offense.

Also, with a new emphasis on special teams play, the Cardinals could do a lot worse than taking a player that has been coached by kicking game guru Frank Beamer.  Clowney could contribute as a gunner on the punt team and could also play a key role returning kicks (as the replacement for Walters).

If they decide to look at the offensive line - which would be a very good call - center/guard Dan Mozes of West Virginia is also still on the board.  Mozes has the kind of feet and athleticism that Russ Grimm demands from his interior lineman. 

In West Virginia's motion offense, Mozes constantly needed to pivot, find the ball carrier, and adjust at a moment's notice.  He needed to pull, trap, kick out, and get downfield.  All of these things are required of Grimm's charges.

Additionally, he has a great attitude and would be a good guy to have in the locker room.  He's very jovial, naturally witty, relishes contact, and just loves to play the game of football.  He's a classic guard.

If they decide to go with a defensive end at this spot (one of the things on my wish list for this year's draft, seeing as how Bert Berry and Chike Okeafor aren't getting any younger or less injury prone), Oklahoma's Victor DeGrate could fill in well as either a rush linebacker in the 3-4, or an undersized end in the 4-3.

Cornerbacks that will be available to add depth and contribute on special teams include Georgia Tech's Kenny Scott (6'1", 4.38 in the 40) and Corey Graham of New Hampshire (6', 4.43 in the 40).

Just throwing this out there: Zak DeOssie is still currently waiting for a phone call.  While the Cardinals really should go offensive line or special teams with this pick, DeOssie can help on special teams and has prototypical size and speed for the position (both 3-4 and 4-3).  I missed on him yesterday as a third round prospect, but I'd still be happy if the Cardinals chose him in the fifth round.

All that having been said, I'll go with my pick from earlier in the week and take Mozes.


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