Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves will meet with the media in a little more than an hour to talk about the upcoming draft, although I’m not expecting a whole lot of concrete statements (I am willing to bet they will admit that they would draft Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin if either remain on the board at 13, and I am willing to go out on a limb, given their tackle situation, and say they would take
Ryan Matt Kalil if he were to slip all the way to 13 too.)
But as the draft gets closer and the smokescreens/convenient leaks increase — I’ve never heard so much chatter about what a team might do at No. 3 or how much they do/don’t like a player as I have heard with the Vikings and Kalil, all clearly to ramp up possible trade interest — there has been speculation about the Cardinals’ willingness to trade out of No. 13.
I will guess that Graves and Whiz will say they aren’t closing the door on any options. That leaves my opinion, I suppose. I don’t see any way they trade up. I guess you would be tempted if Kalil slipped — say to 10? — but the Bills pick at 10, need a tackle, and I don’t see the Cards with the firepower to be able to pull off a trade up because they don’t have a second rounder.
I think it’s moot anyway, because I don’t see a surefire player the Cards are going to want to trade up to get anyway (Kalil will be long gone). Trading down is a different story. Would they trade down? Well, most draft analysts seem to believe that once you hit players nine or 10, the talent level isn’t much different than the guys who will be available into the 20s. There are a few offensive linemen out there that should be there later than 13 if the Cards dropped. And if there was a chance to get another draft pick — maybe even a second-rounder to supplement what the Cards don’t have after last year’s Kevin Kolb trade — that would be attractive.
One thing I am sure of, however. Any trade-down scenario for the Cards wouldn’t materialize until the Cards would be on the clock, because no one is going to want to move into No. 13 unless they knew a specific player would be available. That’s how most draft-day trades happen anyway. It’s never simple, though. Trading down and acquiring an extra pick always sounds good, except that you have to have a team that wants to come up to do the deal. It seems like there’s never as many trades as people speculate there will be, especially in the first round.
Certainly, though, it will make for some intrigue in Tempe until we actually hear the pick — or something else — announced by Roger Goodell.
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