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WCG Mock Draft- Arizona Cardinals

Derrick Harvey
Defensive End
ANALYSIS: The Cardinals could use the #16 pick and find an upgrade at just about every position except Wide Receiver. The offense ranked 7th in points, 5th in passing, but only 29th in rushing last year. They have a great 1-2 punch at WR, are set at QB with Warner and Leinert, and have a mix of veterans and former high draftpicks at OL and TE. Edgerrin James is now past 30 yrs old, and had another decent year. The Cardinals will consider drafting his replacement/backup with Jonathan Stewart available, but will most likely address the defense with the first round pick.

The Arizona defense ranked 27th in points allowed, 9th against the rush, and 28th against the pass last season. They lack any real impact players on defense, with the possible exception of Antrel Rolle, who played mostly CB but is expected to start at FS this year. Finding depth and a possible starter at CB will be a top priority in this draft. Many mockdrafts have them selecting a CB like Jenkins, or Cromartie, and had they been available I would have picked them at #16. The CB most often mocked for this pick was Aqib Talib, who just seemed like a reach at this point.

By selecting 6'5" 270lb DE Derrick Harvey, the Arizona Cardinals will get a value pick, and bolster their aging Defensive Line with a pass rushing phenom, who also plays well against the run. He will help offset the loss of their 2nd leading sacker to Free Agency, on an already terrible pass rushing team. Harvey was captain of the Florida defense as a Junior last season and will have an opportunity to start right away.
Pick Team Player Drafter Analysis
1 Miami Dolphins Jake Long McRipper Details
2 St. Louis Rams Chris Long Chad Details
3 Atlanta Falcons Glenn Dorsey mas12 Details
4 Oakland Raiders Vernon Gholston Doctor Chicago Details
5 Kansas City Chiefs Sedrick Ellis whitebearsox23 Details
6 NY Jets Darren McFadden DaNate23 Details
7 New England Patriots Leodis McKelvin tyger1147 Details
8 Baltimore Ravens Matt Ryan McRipper Details
9 Cinncinati Bengals Keith Rivers tomas21 Details
10 New Orleans Saints Mike Jenkins sirus19x Details
11 Buffalo Bills Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Chad Details
12 Denver Broncos Ryan Clady Arctic Bronco Details
13 Carolina Panthers Jeff Otah DaNate23 Details
14 Chicago Bears Chris williams tyger1147 Details
15 Detroit Lions Rashard Mendenhall Doctor Chicago Details
16 Arizona Cardinals Derrick Harvey Gillrowdy Details

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