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