At long last, for those out there wondering, the process has started. The scouts have arrived in Tempe, and the “war room” for the draft is now used by front office, coaches and scouts to begin the lengthy process of breaking down available players, combine thoughts and pro day reports to grade them all and build a draft board. The work will last a couple of weeks, and in addition they will eventually do some mock drafts to get a sense of who will go where.
For now, with the lockout ongoing (we will see what, if anything, changes after tomorrow’s hearing) the organization of the draft board and those plans are the only thing that can really happen. General manager Rod Graves told me yesterday that internally, the Cards continue to discuss the big picture of the offseason, but again, it can only be talk — kind of like what is going on on this blog. It’s hard to believe that, in a normal offseason, we’d be deep into free agency and roster turnover at this point — by this time last year, Rex Hadnot, Derek Anderson, Paris Lenon, Joey Porter and Jay Feely were already Cardinals.
The thought did make me think of what would happen if — and at this point, it doesn’t seem likely, but you never know — the labor situation was resolved to the point free agency/trading opened up between now and the draft. What a juggling act (messy too) that would be for teams.
In the meantime, however, the list is being put together down the hall, and at some point, the names of Newton and Gabbert and Miller and Peterson, etc., will all be put in order on the top 120 list. While that’s going on, well, we’ll have to find a different path to the bathroom.
Tags: draft, free agency, Rod Graves
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