Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft, Rounds 1-7

With the NFL Draft rapidly approaching, the Arizona Cardinals will soon be on the clock with the No. 31 overall pick. The Cardinals' roster is excellent shape heading into 2009 but there are several areas the team can upgrade or bring in young talent. Brad Wilbricht reveals his first mock draft and predicts who might be headed to the desert later this April.

Round 1

Connor Barwin, DE/OLB, Cincinnati

Barwin is an extremely versatile defender who possesses the ability to play both defensive end and outside linebacker. His ability to play both positions makes him an ideal fit in the 3-4 defense. Furthermore he exhibits a tremendous work ethic and his athleticism is unmatched. He would provide the Cardinals with a pass-rushing specialist and could learn from veterans Chike Okeafor and Bertrand Berry.

Round 2

Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa

Greene is a bruising back in the mold of former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis. Bettis was a favorite of coach Ken Whisenhunt during his tenure in the Steel City and Green's similar stature would provide the Cardinals with a solid tandem at running back. Green and RB Tim Hightower would pose a similar combination as Bettis and Duce Staley, who helped lead Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl title in 2005.

Round 3

Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida

Arizona already has a logjam at the tight end position but Ingram would prove to be the most athletic option of the bunch. Leonard Pope and Ben Patrick have showed flashes over the past two seasons, but Ingram is the pass catching option the Cardinals need to help stretch the field. Thanks to Arizona's outstanding group of wide receivers, Ingram's receiving ability could wreak havoc on opposing defenses.

Round 4

Troy Kropog, OT, Tulane

While the Cardinals could target an offensive tackle as early as Round 1, Kropog would be a tremendous value at this point in the draft. This year's crop of offensive tackles is loaded with talent but the depth at the position is underrated. Kropog would be a capable performer on the perimeter of Arizona's offensive line but could also contribute inside. His versatility will give him added value on draft day.

Round 5

Brandon Hughes, CB, Oregon St

The Cardinals struck gold with small school prospect Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie a year ago and could have their eyes on another cornerback prospect this year. Although Hughes lacks ideal top-end speed he boasts adequate size and is adept in run support. His arrival in Arizona would help fill the void left by the departed Eric Green and would bring much needed youth to the Cardinals' secondary.

Round 6

Edwin Williams, C, Maryland

The Cardinals already possess young talent at center but Williams' consistency would fit well in the trenches. Lyle Sendlein and Pat Ross are developing prospects at the position, but neither are sure things at this point. Williams could play multiple positions along the offensive line and could develop into a utility offensive lineman. In addition, he exhibits a high football I.Q. and will likely adapt quickly at the NFL level.

Round 7

Josh Mauga, LB, Nevada

Mauga is another non-BCS school prospect who could surprise at the next level. He was a productive player at Nevada and has the size to hold up as a middle linebacker in the NFL. In addition, Mauga could develop into a core special teams player, making him extremely attractive in the later rounds of the draft. He would fit in nicely to the Cardinals' aggressive scheme and could contribute immediately.

Round 7 Compensatory Selection

Clinton McDonald, DT, Memphis

McDonald was a relative unknown entering the draft season but began making a name for himself after a successful Pro Day. McDonald displays the necessary strength to play defensive tackle but also is quick enough to line-up at defensive end. He has excellent athleticism and was a two-time captain at Memphis. His leadership skills and awareness would be a welcome addition to the Cardinals' locker room.

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