Last Thursday, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians met with the media to discuss this week’s draft and from their half-hour news conference, we were able to read into a few nuggets of information that could shine some light on what the Cards are thinking heading into the first round.
-- I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cardinals take a quarterback in the second round with their original pick at No. 52 or trade into the second to snag a slinger. Arians brought up a good point: Will a quarterback drafted in either of the third, fourth or fifth rounds really be able to beat out the second- or third-string quarterback already on the roster? Sure, it may be a smokescreen – as any of their comments could’ve been -- but think about this: How many quarterbacks, and good quarterbacks at that, will be around after the second round? Maybe none. Arians even said that the only position you draft with the idea of redshirting that player for a season is at quarterback. Makes me think they’re targeting a signal-caller in the second.
-- The Cardinals are definitely intrigued by the wide receiving crop this year. On a couple occasions, Keim talked about the depth at wide receiver. He said there are “several” receivers who may make for “intriguing prospects in the middle rounds.” If Arizona comes across a tall, fast receiver who can complement Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, I think Keim pulls the trigger. Especially with Fitzgerald’s contract expected to be a hot topic after this season, I can see Keim trying to build some depth at receiver, and also because the offense is about to take on another dimension or two in its second year so more options, the better. But don’t expect the Cards to take a receiver off the board in the first two or even three rounds.
-- When asked about which position Keim sees the most depth in this year, his first response was tackle. Since it’s a position Arizona is not yet set with, depending on how the first round pans out, the Cardinals may opt for a tackle at 20th or 52nd. However, the top tackles, like a Morgan Moses or a Cyrus Kouandjio may drop into the second but not be available by time Arizona is on the clock for a second time.
-- Another tidbit I found interesting was when Keim said his goal is to hit on three picks, meaning they’re either a starter or a major contributor, and find at least two role players. He was able to find that last season with Tyrann Mathieu, Andre Ellington and Jonathan Cooper, despite the injury. I think with the holes Arizona has this year -- safety, linebacker, tackle -- those are the three areas Keim is looking to hit on in this draft.