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Posted by Darren Urban on March 31, 2010 – 11:08 am

Let’s leave the headline rhetorical for now, shall we?

The Cardinals’ mock draft contest (presented by Chevron) has returned (you can go here for details) and a correct guess of the Cards’ first-round pick will win someone  a jersey of that player and the chance to attend that player’s introductory press conference (maybe I should have you take pictures for me). Deadline to enter is April 22, so prepare your ballot.

Speaking of the draft, I am thinking about having a live chat soon on the site to talk about draft and all things Cardinals. Let me know in the comments what you out there in the cyberworld think of the idea.


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60 Responses to “Can you mock me?”

  1. By pjdylan on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Great idea! I can’t wait for the draft.

  2. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    PJ —

    The mock draft is a great idea or the chat is a great idea?

  3. By dylan on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    i think both are darren do the chat

  4. By Slamdunk on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Excellent idea–the NFL draft has become bigger than MLB’s opening day.

  5. By GMoney on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    After reading some comments, you’re brave to do a live chat. But I do like the idea.

  6. By gary shaw on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    they would be awesome todo a mock draft I have been on pens and needles waiting for the draft and hoping the cardinals get some help

  7. By Mike"Pay Q" on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, I think the live chat is a GREAT idea. BTW any news on Mcnabb coming here?

    Just kidding of course…

  8. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Mike “Pay Q’ —

    I pray McNabb has been traded by the time of the chat …

  9. By Scott Cook on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    sounds goo to me. i dont participate much on the “blogging” here but do at ROTB. give me some kool-aid and lets talk football!

  10. By Chris on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think a chat is going to cause you a lot of headaches Darren.. however, I do think that it will be great for a web point-of-view and for the fans. :oP

  11. By Jim Carmody on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    I prefer a chat that’s not live.

  12. By Jess on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    The Chat is a cool idea!
    The Preseason schedule is released..

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d81740709&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

    cards play texans, redskins, titans, and bears.

  13. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Jim —

    I’ve heard that about you.

  14. By Jess on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    also…

    http://www.nfl.com/schedules/interactive#/team=ARI

    cool…….
    it seems like they have the least hardest schedule!

  15. By k. on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    i like the idea of the chat!

  16. By words of wisdom on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    Brilliant they are very good ideas, both the chat and the mock, looking forward to it. (speaking of mock)

    1) JERRY HUGHES (OLB) TCU
    2) CAM THOMAS (NT) NC
    3) BRANDON SPIKES (ILB) FLA
    3) MARDY GILYARD (WR) CIN
    4) ALTERRAUN VERNER (CB) UCLA
    6) NATHAN OVERBAY (TE) EASTERN WASHINGTON
    7) CODY GRIMM (SS) VIRGINIA TECH

    Potential priority free agents.

    KEVIN MATTHEWS (C) TEX A&M
    COREY JACKSON (FB) MARYLAND
    JEFF LINKENBACH (OT) CIN
    ANDREW AGUILA (K) C. MICH

  17. By Nick Pepe on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    I look forward to a live chat even though it is all the speculation are wishes and prayers.

  18. By Mike"thehelmet"Florio on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Great idea darren is it a live chat during the draft or pre draft? It’s not clear in the post.
    Also Terence Cody for#1pick!

  19. By alex g from PB on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    So I contacted a connection I have and had California PD drop charges for the Joey Porter Incident, cards fans can thank me now

  20. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    MikeTheHelmet —

    Well, I am thinking pre-draft, but if all goes well, we can do them semi-regularly, including post-draft.

  21. By pjdylan on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, I meant the live chat. Sorry I didn’t make it more clear. Haha.

  22. By John on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    This is a great idea. Both ideas.

    But here is a suggestion. I saw you would be posting a mock draft a day before the draft.
    How about this.
    On thursday, give us a couple of guys you believe the cards should take in the first round.
    Adjust on friday and give us a couple of guys the cards will look at in rounds 2-3.
    Then saturday, take a look at the rest of th draft and give us the guys you think the cards should draft.

    Just a thought, but it allows you to give a couple of directions and then adjust to the pick for the next day.

  23. By John on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Words of wisdom
    You started strong, then you lost me.
    I love Hughes and Thomas. But then you went for slow and slower.
    Spikes is not a ILB in a 3-4. He is a talented but slow Mike linebacker who will play tackle to tackle for 2 downs.
    Gilyard has two things against him. He is slow and thin. Why waste such a high pick on a #4 wr.
    Verner made plays in college, but his lack of speed will force him to move to safety or play for a cover 2 team.

    My couple of suggestions;
    first round, of course I love Weatherspoon, but he may be gone. If Huge Mt Cody is there, it would be hard to pass. But we ended up with Hughes, Id be happy.
    2nd round; If you can get Cody, then you could go to either OLB like Sapp or Misi or ILB like Sean Lee. Cam Thomas is a good pick if you miss on Cody.
    3rd round; two picks. Akwasi Owusu Ansah is a great punt returner who could be a solid corner. He was very productive and has big time speed at 6 ft. (4.32). Other options could be ILB Donald Butler or OLB Thadeus Gibson.You also could look QB.
    4th round; If you are set on a wr, how about Joe Webb? College QB switched to WR with size and off the charts athletic ability.Alot of scouts are buzzing about this guy. He could run some wild cat and play special teams.
    So,
    1st – Mt Cody
    2nd – Sean Lee
    3rd – Gibson
    3rd – Ansah
    4th – Webb
    6th and 7th is anyones guess.

  24. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    John —

    Interesting. To be honest, my mock draft will just be a mock first round. I don’t mess with the rounds after that. It’s impossible to pick the top 32 picks, and then to try and do it for rounds two and three? I don’t know enough about the draft pool.

  25. By Chris B on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    Live chat?? Do you really want to talk about McNabb being able to replace “Lionheart” with dozens of people all at once? Because clearly no one pays any attention to anything you say, with the exception of the few of us who actually aren’t morons. You are a brave man. Very brave man.

    It’s a good idea. Just make sure you have the options of blocking people :)

  26. By joe67 on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think they both sound good.
    Keep up the good work, Darren

  27. By strangemale on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    You are exceedingly pale and eyes are far too wide for any real chance of good looks.

    I have no idea who the cards will draft.

  28. By Jesse Robles on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    Great Idea with the live chat, but if it is with SOME people from AZCARDINALS.com you will probably get the SAME OUTRAGEOUS NO THOUGHT QUESTIONS that are on here…. I HAD TO SAY IT because I know you can’t!! Good way to interact though.

  29. By Skiptim on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Wow Chris B, you are so cool and know so much about football. I bet you have a triple digit IQ!

  30. By Robert Malicki on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Would appreciate a chat of all things Cardinals.Could the discussion include my belief that our own Coach Grimm would give us a leg-up on most teams in adjusting our play-calling to the new positioning of the umpire this season.Would Coach Grimm be more inciteful in both calling plays to take advantage of the umpire’s new perspective and to hide our O-line tendency to committ infractions?

  31. By William on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Last year, in all 4 of my mock drafts, I had Beanie Wells in AZ. I won’t have the same luck this year.

  32. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Robert —

    An interesting theory.

  33. By jpcards on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Live chat? Good idea!

  34. By fighting bird on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Its LEINART thats L E I N A R T . First name is MATT thats M A T T. The starting QB for the Arizona Cardinals. Please atleast spell his name right.

  35. By Chris B on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    @SkipTim- Single digit buddy. Single digit, pwnage!

    @Fighting- Hence the quotes.

  36. By k. on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    i would hope he has a 3 digit iq! my god if not then that spells trouble.

  37. By words of wisdom on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    John-

    consider this for a moment, we may all want the best player available – but how do you determine who the best player is? Your idea of who the best player may be, may differ from my idea. In my book, the best player would be the most dynamic, explosive play-maker on the board. According to your list, Mt. Cody would be the first pick, but in the back of my mind I’m thinking how Drew Brees carved this defense up in the playoffs and I’m just wondering how, Mt. Cody, had he been on the team could have possibly made a difference.

    If you wanted to argue a point, you could always say, well, that’s why we got Porter, but have no illusions about it, Porter is 33 years old and he may be here one or two years at the most. You still have to consider the future.
    Even if you think highly of Will Davis, that’s all good – he’ll provide good depth but there is no way he starts over Jerry Hughes. In my opinion, Hughes and Brown could easily be dominating pass rushers on this team for a long time.

    I also notice you mentioned that it got slower and slower, O.K. so that means you’re big on 40 times. Well, I’m big on play-makers. Gilyard not only will fill the void at the 4th WR spot, he can also contribute on special teams as a return specialist. Especially with Breaston being promoted to the no. 2 spot, Gilyard and LSH would be a very dangerous tandem. As for Spikes, his stock is dropping because of his speed – which means that you can potentially get a 1st round talent in the 3rd round if he slides that far, and still fill a need without spending a 1st round pick. I also think he projects perfectly as an ILB in a 3-4 defense. That way, he can be protected and would not have to run sideline to sideline.

    Concerning Verner, he would be a gift in the 4th round and probably considered an upgrade over McFadden and Adams.

  38. By kauaicardsfan on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Live Chat sounds great!! Do it Darren!!

  39. By EricY on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    I think the live chat is a cool idea. It’ll be especially good to have during the season.

  40. By Skiptim on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    More like epic h4xz0rz pwn4ge Chris B. By the way to anyone reading, the “tim” at the end of “Skiptim” isn’t my actual name. I just created the name “Skiptim”, and a few others starting with “Skip” (like Skiplet), after “Skippy” was taken on what it was I was on when I created the name “Skiptim”. I use too many quotation marks… Wow, that was off subject. How about this.

    Darren – The live chat thing seems like a good idea. I’m not sure if that means typing or on mic, but perhaps there could be a system where you guys screen people before they get on mic, and you can have some on mic questions in addition to the typing? Also, when would you guys implement this? And would two hundred dollars monthly cover my membership fee?

  41. By k. on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    @ words of wisdom

    how can you say c. brown is going to do anything he was hurt in preseason and will davis actually played in regular season games and looked good.

  42. By King Diamond on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Darren~

    Yes please on the live draft. Thank you for your frequent updates too!

  43. By John on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Alright Words;

    I really like Hughes, and again, I wouldnt be upset if he is our pick. But there are very few players like Cody. I think the passrush OLB’s are deep in this draft and you can find a possible starter-explosive player- in each of the first 3 rounds. Gibson is explosive and has potential to be very good.With the very explosive Ricky Sapp and the very quick Koa Misi there are several guys you can get.
    Porter also gives us some breathing room to see what we have in Davis and Brown.
    As for the Saints, they are not in our division. The 49ers and Seahawks along with Rams will all try to run. And with the 9ers and hawks looking at O-line, we need a presence inside.

    Gilyard is a playmaker? . This guy doesnt impress me at all. He will struggle getting over the line against bigger corner. Besides, Ansah is a better returner. His 9 returns says it all. He also had 8 picks as a junior and could be a potential shut down corner. 6′ and a 4.32 40 is nt the whole story, but it does confirm he has the speed to hang with NFL WR’s. . Corner is a bigger need and he is a better returner.
    Spikes has bust all over him. Thats why he is dropping. Forget the 40 time, he is not a sideline to sideline guy and will never be on the field for 3 downs. If he fits into a 3-4 defense and could be protected, he wouldnt be falling. He is a big hitter and a true middle linebacker. But as Gruden says, if your Mike LB is slow, your defense is slow and we already have Hayes inside.

    As I said before, Weatherspoon falls to 26 and the arguement is over. If he is not there, I could get on board with Hughes and Cam Thomas(2nd).I just dont like your mock after that. I wouldnt take Gilyard till the 6th or 7th round. And I wouldnt take Spikes at all.

    Just differing views.

  44. By Javy on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Awsome darren that sounds cooleo!!!!

  45. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Skiptim —

    Oh, it’ll be screened. Sorry, but my level of trust isn’t that high. :)

    I am planning on doing one soon. Maybe next week to kick things off. I’ll let everyone know. And yes, any money you want to funnel my way I’ll take. …

    /joking around, assuming the bosses are watching

  46. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    King —

    Live chat. Not live draft.

  47. By AndyStandsUp on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Words of wisdom- if it makes you feel ant better, my mock is pretty close to yours, especially Gilyard(YouTube). But to give you pause, I picked the Bills to win the SB 3 years in a row. (Best team Bills are going to win… Okay, no way their going to lose back-to-back SBs….Three in a row? you got to be kidding!)
    Would love to see the live chat Darren, but be prepared for offbeat questions.
    Speaking of which, is it true that Coach Whiz will refuse to draft Tebow in the latter rounds because he’s a practicing agnostic? It would explain his posture for trying to let Leinart beat out Warner in previous preseasons.

  48. By darrenurban on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    Please tell me your question is an early April Fool’s joke …

  49. By AndyStandsUp on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Got me Darren, what I meant to ask is- Is Coach Whiz really so OCD that the team is thinking about drafting the Alulua DE kid so the front 3 would be AA, Calias Campbell(CC) and Darnell Dockett(DD)? And that Bertand Berry(BB) is rethinking retirement?
    And if Morey was to let doctors have his cranium after he retires to study concussions, is that a decision that guys with half a brain would make?
    And what’s up with DRC’s beard? Won’t that thing trip him up when jumping onto tables?

  50. By Skiptim on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    Good stuff, I’m ridiculously poor and using my internet through a wireless laptop while driving by other peoples’ houses, so I have nothing to give. By the way, is there a chance you get some players in on this live chat? Not that you aren’t famous enough, because you are up to Jim Carrey standards in my house, but this seems like the type of thing Darnell Dockett would be into.

  51. By Jerrytown on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    I’m also pro Cody. Players of his size simply don’t cone around often, so if the opportunity is there it would be hard to pass up, especially for a 3-4 team in need of a true nose tackle. All the knocks on him be grossly overweight can be dismissed since he has proven he is willing to get in shape and shed some pounds, as evidenced by him cutting weight for both thr combine and his pro day. A player of his size is able to create pile ups in the running lane all by himself, not to mention he commands a constant double team. Can you imagine how that would free up Dockett and Campbell to wreak havoc? Plus, having a solid nose tackle makes the linebackers jobs a lot easier, which is crucial for us considering we have a big question mark at one of the ILB positions. Sure, he wouldn’t be a sexy pick that will put up big numbers and he would probably only be used in rotation, but it’s the contributions that don’t show up on the stat sheet that make him valuable. Think Jared Dudley on the Suns. He simply makes everyone around him better.

    I agree that if Weatherspoon is there (and I don’t think he will be) you have to take a serious look, as he is lightning quick and can play any linebacker position. However, I think Cody will still be around when we pick since most of the 3-4 teams pick towards the top, unless of course a team like San Diego trades up. I’ve made my case so let’s hear some thoughts!

  52. By Chris B on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    @ Andy-
    Two words for you: Wow….

  53. By darrenurban on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    Skip —

    I think I will give a live chat a shot on my own first. After I have maneuvered through a couple, we’ll work on getting a player.

  54. By darrenurban on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    Jerrytown —

    A quick note on the potential of Cody: There is no way you just “dismiss” knocks of being grossly overweight. I’ve seen too many big guys with the weight problem and they often talk a good game, but it’s almost always a constant battle.

  55. By Dave on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    I think the Cards will take another stab at OT in the 1st round. I can see House playing at guard a lot easier than I can at tackle. Hadnot can fill in at C or G also. Bridges is a fine backup at tackle, but is not top talent.
    I think Leinart will need a solid performer at RT.
    (his blindside)

    There is an excellent RT in the draft that could slip because the bulk of his experience IS at RT instead of LT. That would be Trent Williams. Not gonna hold my breath, but the only way I would not pull the trigger on that would be if Dan Williams were there, which he will NOT be. He is the only NT that is not a reach in the 1st round.

    Yes. Trent would be perfect for the Cards pick @ #26.

  56. By darrenurban on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    Dave —

    I do not think the Cards take an offensive lineman in the first round.

  57. By cards62 on Apr 2, 2010 | Reply

    Darren

    I think the Cardinals have responded very well to the players we have lost in the off season so that our draft can focus on best player available, and I agree with Dave that if best player available is an OT that we should draft an OT with our 1st round pick. I would not move Levi Brown from the right side to the left side either with Matt Leinart at QB. What am I missing? Keep our starting line in their same positions except for LT and hopefully upgrade C is what I would do.

    I will be happy if we draft DL, OLB, LT, CB, or TE with our 1st pick.

    Thanks Darren and Happy Easter to all Cardinal Fans.

  58. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Do you know if the Cards sent any scout’s to Brian Price’s (DT) pro day at UCLA on April 2?

    I don’t believe Bryan Robinson has resigned, has he? If he hasn’t signed by draft day, I think Price has a good shot at being the Card’s first pick. I really like Jerry Hughes too. Too bad we can’t get both.

    Regardless, I think the Cards are in the position to draft the BPA, so it will be interesting to see just who they think that guy is when they draft at #26.

    Todd

  59. By darrenurban on Apr 12, 2010 | Reply

    Ottis (or Todd, whatever you want to be called) —

    I don’t know but I’d be surprised if someone wasn’t at the UCLA pro day. Robinson has not re-signed.

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