Draft Day Rumblings

On the initial day of the draft, anticipation is building for the Arizona Cardinals and the rest of the NFL. Thursday marks a new era for the NFL Draft, as it kicks off in primetime and will take place over a three-day stretch. Brad Wilbricht updates the recent happenings around the desert and what conversations are taking place about the draft.

Due to a lack of top-end talent at the defensive tackle position, the Arizona Cardinals are expected to address their other major area of need at linebacker with their first-round pick on Thursday night. Following the selection of a linebacker in Round 1, the Cardinals may target Alabama DT Terrence Cody in the second round.

There has been chatter of Arizona moving up or down the draft depending on the offers on the table. General manager Rod Graves has stayed put in recent drafts but won't hesitate to reposition his draft board if it makes sense. The last time the team traded up was in 2007 in order to secure DT Alan Branch.

An interesting scenario could arise given that the Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly shopping QB Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger's recent off-field issues have been well documented of late, culminating with a six-game suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. A perfect storm could be brewing if QB Jimmy Clausen is available when the Steelers go on the clock at pick No. 18.

Pittsburgh has apparently contacted teams selecting within the top ten picks of the draft but haven't found a taker at this point. Assuming nobody is willing to part with a top-10 pick, the Cardinals might make an attempt to package the 26th overall pick in order to acquire Roethlisberger. The Steelers would likely demand at least another first-round pick in 2011, something Arizona's front office may be leery of.

If Roethlisberger did join the Cardinals, he would be reunited with former offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt who held that role in Pittsburgh from 2004-2006. The two were part of the Steelers' Super Bowl XL winning squad during Roethlisberger's second year in the league. Although Arizona has Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson on the roster, the team's long-term future at quarterback is uncertain.

Stay tuned to AZRedReport.com Thursday evening and all weekend long for breaking NFL Draft news as well as pick-by-pick analysis of the Cardinals' newest additions.

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