Of course, it isn’t a surprise, but the press conference of general manager Rod Graves and coach Ken Whisenhunt was devoid of many specifics. The biggest thing, and again, not a surprise, was Whisenhunt’s comment about “needing” to take a tackle.
“What we don’t want to do is draft a lineman just to draft a lineman,” Whisenhunt said. “Just because you think that’s what you have to do.”
I don’t think that’s smokescreen either — the Cards aren’t going to take a tackle in the first round because of need. It’ll depend on the draft grades and who is left available. As I have mentioned in a couple of comments before, if a tackle is rated an 82, let’s say, and another position is an 88, for instance (90 is a star-to-be in the Cards’ system), the Cards are better served with the 88, right?
As for trades, Graves talked a few times about “opportunities” but really, there is no way to know what will happen, and again, that’s more about the function of where the Cards sit rather than trying to be vague. As Whisenhunt noted, last year it was pretty easy to know what one or two players the Cards would have a shot at picking fifth. This year, at 13, that’s almost impossible given the number of combinations that could come down over the first 12 picks — especially since there doesn’t seem to be a real consensus about who “deserves” to go once the picks get past No. 6 or so.
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