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Time for Indy and the Combine

Posted by Darren Urban on February 22, 2012 – 4:38 pm

I, along with a handful of other Cards’ people like head coach Ken Whisenhunt and assistants Russ Grimm, Mike Miller, Freddie Kitchens, Kevin Spencer and John Lott, made it to Indianapolis today for the annual Scouting combine. I’ll be here until Sunday, bringing you the stories around the Cards. That begins tomorrow when Whiz and general manager Rod Graves address the media gathered here. Not sure anything of major consequence will come out of it; because free agency is pushed back, there is still plenty of post-combine time for things to happen before free agency starts.

But this is always the best place to start getting a flavor of how that top part of the first round will shake out. Some is obvious — I think it’s going to take a miracle for the Colts not to take QB Andrew Luck, and I think there’s a good chance the Rams trade out of No. 2 so someone can move up to take QB Robert Griffin III. Speaking of Luck, it’ll be interesting to see if the Colts make anyone available to take a turn at the media podium with all the Peyton Manning speculation going on. I did see Manning’s picture still on the side of Lucas Oil Stadium — for now.

If you are in the Valley, don’t forget you too can take in a small part of the combine yourself if you head down to Tom’s Tavern Thursday or Friday night or Saturday morning (details here) to chat with someone from the Cards who is in Indy. Skype is a wonderful thing.

And, not that it’s combine-related, but be sure to check out the teaser for our new web series. Stories about the Cards, called “Zoom,” and the boys in broadcasting definitely caught my attention with this video.

But again, these next few days are about 40 times and interviews, about “rising and falling” in the draft (even though it isn’t that, because teams haven’t set their draft boards in the first place). Let the offseason begin in earnest.

 


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15 Responses to “Time for Indy and the Combine”

  1. By carlo italy 7000 on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    darren
    could u explain something about the video chat with fans..whom from the staff will be available for fans questions?

  2. By D on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Are we going to see J. Lott yell at the kids on the bench press again?
    p.s. do you know if he trademark “get your mind right”?

  3. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Carlo –

    RE: Chat details

    They are all right here: http://blog.azcardinals.com/2012/02/14/take-part-in-some-combine-talk-with-the-cards/

  4. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    D –

    RE: Lott

    I am sure the NFL Network will show it. They always do.

    Don’t know about the phrase.

  5. By Chris on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren –

    I know you’re a professional but thought I might just throw it out there to keep an eye on OLB prospects Upshaw and Ingram as well as WR Wright from Baylor, and then ILB Kuechly, OT Adams, OT Martin, and OG DeCastro. These all seem to be the names that are popping up on mocks lately at our spot. Might be nice to hear your thoughts on them during or after the Combine.

    Thanks!

    Chris

  6. By Benjamin on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren–

    can out of townies at least watch the Live Chat (via stream)?

  7. By shannon robinson on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Here are a few predictions and we all know what they’re worth. Main target in free agency will be Adam Snyder, OT/OG from San Fran. Biggest surprise, Mr. Graves restructures the deal for Levi Brown and signs him to a multi-year contract. Second surprise, Early Doucet gets a deal. Richard Marshall comes back because he’s Ray Horton’s MVP. The shocker will be a one year contract for Brandon Keith: he gets a chance to recover from surgery and prove his worth to the rest of the league.We’ll get to keep RFAs Rashad Johnson, LSH, Reggie Walker, Greg Toler and ERs AJ Jefferson, Alfonso Smith, and Richard Bartel. Feely and Zastudil get one year contracts. That leaves the Cards to force Haggans to a one million contract from $3M and I bet we bring back Vonnie and Paris, again both for $1M each. This is all based on Coach Whiz telling the team he’ll work to keep them intact and how hard it is to learn this new defense. Hey, I’m ususally all wet so it’s only a stab in the dark.

  8. By Steve on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren: Do you think the Cards will be more inclined than previous drafts to trade down in the first round and recoup that 2nd round pick they gave to Philly?

  9. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Benjamin –

    RE: Chat stream

    Unfortunately, no. It’s not set up that way. I do hope to have transcripts available.

  10. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Steve –

    RE: Trade possibility

    More inclined? Tough to say. All depends on what the offers are. You’d have to move way, way down in the first round to get a second-round pick as well.

  11. By EricY on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Zoom is going to be awesome!

  12. By Sammy on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,

    The Cardinals are in need of a second reciever to take some pressure off Larry. I am aware there are also other needs on the team, but players like Justin Blackmon only come every so often. Fitzgerald and Blackmon and be the best wide receiver corps to play the game. IMO we should trade up to acquire Blackmon, and fill other needs later in the draft and in free agency. Larry is approaching his prime and whether we want to agree or not, his play will began to decline in the next few years. Drafting Blackmon will allow us to have dynamic reciever play for years to come. I want to hear thoughts from other fans as well as you Darren.

  13. By Darren Urban on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sammy –

    RE: Receiver

    I see where the Cards could use a receiver upgrade and if Blackmon is there at 13, OK. But I’m not trading up for a receiver.

  14. By John the draft guy on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Also Sammy and Darren;
    Who would they trade up with? I think the top 4 are set. Luck (colts), RG3 (browns), Kalih (vikes), and Blackmon (rams), in that order. The only shake up would be the Redskins jumping from 6 to 2 to get RG3. But I don’t think the Rams risk losing Blackmon, so 4 is good.

    Chris
    It is easy to mock those guys to the cards. Our needs are OLB, OT, OG, WR, and ILB. Those guys are the best available players at 13 at those positions.

    I think for the 1st round, you could erase ILB because they signed Bradley for 5 mil a year. Wr could be erased, because I think you could find good wrs later in the draft.

    As for those OLBs, that fills a need, but I think we will look at FA for this spot and bring in someone to go with Acho and Schofield. I think the easy conclusion is you OL; either guard or tackle. I wouldn’t take a guard that high, but teams have. I would think our pick will come down to OT. Martin, Reiff, or Adams.

    But, FA plays such a big part, that we may revisit this in a few weeks and I’ll think completely different.

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