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Cards Mailbag: Recapping the draft

Welcome to #CardsMailbag, a weekly installment that allows you to ask me questions about the Arizona Cardinals throughout the week via Twitter @joshweinfuss. I'll answer them every weekend during the offseason. Make sure to use the hashtag #CardsMailbag.


@joshweinfuss: I gave it a B+ because while some of the players were, in my opinion, either questionable picks or guys who won't have an impact their rookie years, the Cardinals addressed some serious concerns, most notably at running back and pass-rusher. I think as a unit, the additions of Markus Golden and Shaq Riddick will help advance Arizona's edge rush. And I think punt and kick returner is J.J. Nelson's to lose.


@joshweinfuss: The problem with this question is how difficult it is to project who will come out when. The Cardinals could pick a quarterback next season depending on the class, or perhaps it will be the year after. But it's also too early to declare when Arizona will decide to risk a draft pick on a quarterback because the immediate future at the position will be decided based on how well Carson Palmer plays this season. It's also interesting to me how, last season, none of the draft pundits considered taking Logan Thomas a good option because he can sit behind Palmer and learn. Yet this year, the Green Bay Packers are lauded for taking Brett Hundley, who'll have to sit behind Aaron Rodgers for a while.


@joshweinfuss: Andre Ellington will still be the focal point of the offense, which means he'll be the starter. But recently drafted David Johnson has a good shot at being the No. 2 back, specifically on third-down and red-zone situations. Each back will have their own packages -- that means Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor will be used in certain situations, but I think Johnson was drafted to be the second option. With that being said, if he has a good camp, he could also be used as the main running option while Ellington moves into more of a receiving, in-space role.


@joshweinfuss: I feel like these questions are becoming obligatory each week. As far as I know, it's been reported Daryl Washington has applied for reinstatement and the commissioner is reviewing that application. Depending on when Roger Goodell received Washington's application and if all the necessary material was included, Goodell has 60 days to make a decision. So we sit and wait in the meantime.


@joshweinfuss: In theory, yes, Knowshon Moreno is an option, but in reality he's not. He has the size at 5-foot-11 and 216 pounds but his injury history is a concern. He tore his ACL in Week 6, and I think the risk is too great.


@joshweinfuss: It's a pretty cut-and-dry situation. If he comes into training camp healthy, the job is Dave Zastudil's to lose. And I'd doubt he will lose it.


@joshweinfuss: Not necessarily. More like Jerraud Powers' time to shine. Justin Bethel has progressed quite a bit in the past few years, but I still don't think he's ready to become an every-down corner for the Cardinals. On the other hand, Powers started in 2013 and could easily slide back outside.


@joshweinfuss: I think Johnson was the Cardinals' best pick in the draft. He has the size, strength and power Arizona needs out of a secondary back. Yes, big-back problem solved. And yes, immediate contributor. He could potentially be Arizona's top running option in some cases -- especially in between numbers -- while Ellington becomes more of a receiving option and outside threat.


@joshweinfuss: No. La'El Collins is connected with a murder investigation. That's enough to keep anyone and everyone away.