Arrington was the home run threat that Tim Hightower and Edgerrin James could not be. His speed and agility were two components that complemented Hightower and James nicely. As the Cardinals search for a new running back, they will no doubt be looking for someone who can provide the speed necessary to keep defenses on their toes.
Stecker would only require a short term contract and could be a nice stop gap until a later round draft pick could develop.
Another option for the Cardinals could be Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno ( Read more ). If he is still available, the Cardinals would be wise to scoop up another top tier rookie running back. Moreno may not have the top end speed, but his vision and instincts have brought comparisons to Cadillac Williams.
On the other side of the ball, Antonio Smith was a catalyst for the Cardinals defense last season and replacing him will not be an easy task. His 3.5 sacks do not show the true effect he had on the defense. As a Cardinal since 2005, it will be difficult to see Smith wearing another team's jersey. His speed rushing on the outside often forced the line to spread out, giving Adrian Wilson a seam up the middle.
A good candidate to replace Smith is DE/OLB Cody Brown from Connecticut. Brown has a high chance of still being on the board as late as the third round. If the Cardinals can grab Brown that late, he would be a steal. His flexibility to play multiple positions would be a valuable asset for the Cardinals defense. Most likely his immediate contribution would be on special teams. If Brown can adjust to the speed of the game, he may be able to replace Smith sooner than expected.