Post-Draft Review: Arizona Cardinals

John Skelton

The Cardinals will give fifth-year QB Matt Leinart every chance to prove himself. With Kurt Warner retiring, the team has to find their starter at the position at least for the next few years. Leinart is due over $7 million in base salary for 2011. If he doesn't perform well this season, he'll likely be playing elsewhere in future seasons.

Pre-Draft Needs: ORT, ILB, CB, QB, WR
 

Players Added

Round 1-Dan Williams/DT - Williams was seen as perhaps the best available nose tackle for this year's draft. Considering how solid his Senior Bowl week performance was, it became a big surprise that he wound up dropping all the way to the Cardinals.


Round 2-Daryl Williams/LB - Williams figures to line up at ILB in Arizona's 3-4 defensive scheme. That position is thin on talent, so he'll have a chance to start as a rookie.


Round 3-Andre Roberts/WR - The small school receiver started to get notice after posting solid Senior Bowl week practice performances. Roberts punctuated that performance with a solid showing at the NFL Combine, too. He'll challenge for the No. 4 job with the Cardinals.


Round 4-O'Brien Schofield/LB - He played defensive end in college, but will transition to outside linebacker at the next level. Schofield was a high-riser for the draft before he suffered a torn ACL during Senior Bowl week practices. It's unlikely he will play this season as he comes back from his serious knee injury. Once he's able to play, he could push for serious playing time since Arizona is light on talent at outside linebacker.


Round 5-John Skelton/QB - The strong-armed passer dropped a bit further than expected. However, Skelton could be the last man standing in 2011 and beyond because veteran QBs Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson have high base salaries for that season. Skelton is a raw talent, but his upside is huge.


Round 6-Jorrick Calvin/CB - Calvin is an underrated cornerback who will have a serious chance to push for a roster spot if he has a strong preseason.


Round 7- Jim Dray/TE - Dray was known as one of the better blocking tight ends available for this year's draft.


Post-Draft Needs

Offensive Right Tackle - Because the team apparently won't be re-signing starting LT Mike Gandy, Levi Brown has moved to left tackle, so right tackle has a big opening.


Cornerback - The team traded veteran CB Bryant McFadden to the Pittsburgh Steelers and will go with second-year CB Greg Toler in his place. The nickel and dime positions are wide open with Toler moving up.

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