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Posted by Darren Urban on May 1, 2015 – 9:26 pm

Day Two is in the books. Some quick notes and thoughts before I call it a night:

— After the trade Friday with the Ravens, the Cardinals have six picks on Saturday. There is a chance they won’t still have six by the time they draft Mr. Irrelevant to end the whole thing. GM Steve Keim said the trades might not be done. He mentioned a trade up possibility twice, so it’s on his mind.

“There are still a lot of guys (left) that Coach and I like,” Keim said. “We’ve had some conversations about going up (in a trade.) We will be active and aggressive. If there is someone we think that can help us, we will certainly make a jump at them.”

— As I noted in my story, Keim had Markus Golden on the brain Friday morning, long before the Cards were on the clock. That doesn’t mean they would’ve taken him no matter what, but they definitely feel good about the pick. Can he turn into James Harrison, as Bruce Arians suggested in who Golden reminded him of, well, we will see.

— The addition of RB David Johnson from Northern Iowa will help, but he’s got a long way to go to battle for the title of best Cardinal to come from Northern Iowa. That happens to be a quarterback who directed the team to the Super Bowl.

— Johnson will be in the mix for kickoff returns. “Yes indeed,” Arians said. “He and anybody else who can catch it,”

— Keim acknowledged the Cards were headed toward taking another offensive lineman Friday because of how their board fell. He made the point that another pass rusher or offensive lineman could end up another pick on Saturday.

— Nice job by Adrian Wilson making the announcement of the Golden pick. “Go Birdgang.” He’s a natural.

Adrian Wilson


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19 Responses to “Friday draft aftermath”

  1. By George on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    A solid draft so far. Time will tell how these guys work out, as all draft classes are judged but solid so far.

    I like the pick up of the extra 5th. Look forward to Saturday to see how the roster will fill out.

    As with all draft classes, it may look one way on paper but the truth is always told when the pads go on.

    Always the optimist. GO BIRDGANG!!!

  2. By Coach K on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    We need to have a great Saturday draft because the Rams have just closed the gap in our division big time.

  3. By Steve . on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: After the departure of Dan Williams to the Raiders do you think a NT is a priority for the last day of the draft. Maybe Fresno St. DT Tyeler Davison, a 320 pounder that the Cards have worked out?

  4. By Darren Urban on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: NT

    Do not know, although I would not be surprised if a DL is a pick Saturday.

  5. By Kevin Wilcox on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    I finally got a pick right I knew David Johnson was the back they wanted Go Cardinals

  6. By Andy Kw on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    ILB Ramik Wilson, Georgia or NT Grady Jarrett, Clemson in the 4th?
    OL La’el Collins, LSU in the 5th? Worth a gamble and could possibly move to the Center position.
    So many names, probably a few more we never heard of.

  7. By Eric G on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Like the picks, love the trade. Picked the positions exactly as I predicted. Part of me wanted Gregory, but part of me really didn’t want someone too stupid to not smoke before a known drug test. Only a matter of time before he’s suspended for a year.

    Now time for depth.

  8. By Whitey on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Best value picks still available are
    Grady Jarrett
    Michael Bennett
    Trey flowers
    Davis tull
    Kyle Emanuel

    The top three will be gone before the cards pick unless they move up but the trade chart says they would have to give up both 5th round picks to get to the top of the round – maybe if a guy drops part way they could still move up without giving up as much – love all the picks so far –

    Markus golden was a more productive pass rusher thane Shane Ray or Gregory and great against the run – see pff, he also has great character

    David Johnson provides a bigger version of Ellington who can still be outstanding in the passing game

  9. By Whitey on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Darren I’d really like to know who Keim was upset they missed out on – any ideas?

    My guess it was Jordan Phillips – ideal replacement for dan Williams and projected 1st rounder

  10. By Darren Urban on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Whitey —

    RE: Upset at missing

    Tough to tell. Lockett? Abdullah? One of the ILBs? So many choices could make sense.

  11. By Marlin on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    solid picks so far. they’ll trade up day 3. nose tackle, cb, center, receiver

  12. By georgiebird on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    My summary of the 1st three choices: SK gets a
    1) A for bringing in “tough minded” players
    2) A for bringing in players who are team leaders
    3) C+ for picking an OT with the 1st choice
    4) A for adding an extra 5th
    5) C for reaching a bit
    6) Incomplete on David Johnson-small school and many questions
    Big Question- Did the Cards do enough to close the gap on the Seahawks?
    It doesn’t seem like they did.

  13. By Whitey on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    This is a great background video on Markus Golden. This is why the Cards made the right move to pass up a guy like Gregory.

  14. By Whitey on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Probably no way Keim would answer a question like that.

    Nate Orchard and Jordan Phillips were taken a couple picks ahead of them. I thought the trade down was already in when Abdullah was taken one pick ahead, but maybe you are right. He just seems like another small back but Jurecki said they liked him.

    Lockett was taken high in the third, so the Cards had no chance. I would have really liked to have drafted Lockett in the third if he’d been there, but from what Arians said yesterday it sounds like they had their eyes on David Johnson for a while.

  15. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Bryce Petty at 123 today…

  16. By clssylssy on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    WOW! So far a lot of surprises in players going so much earlier than projected and then some, who I felt would be gone, still there? Man the NFC West just got a whole lot harder with the Rams especially having an amazing draft and the 9ers coming back to fill any perceived weaknesses they may have suffered through retirements and team shake-up. Of course, the Seahawks just continue to build and get better. The Saints are coming back and I’m not looking forward to opening our season at home against them… winning all our home games is certainly not going to be a “gimme”, and our schedule is looking even harder with many of our opponents getting a big shot in the arm these first two days of the draft.
    Our picks, so far, have been OK (as Georgiebird pointed out, can’t be just OK, if we are ever to catch Seattle), but I thought Keim said he was going to be aggressive in this draft so can’t help but feel a little let down (hard to watch Fisher grab Gurley AND Mannion!). None of our picks were graded to go in the first three rounds and I’m with JTDG in his assessment that we got owned by Denver, as well as, leaving talent on the board, and apparently losing out to an unnamed team by being complacent. We’ve still got four rounds to go and then there is the supplemental draft, as well as. the talent that will become available when teams begin “thinning the heard”, so, while the draft is a good opportunity, it’s not all that it’s hyped, and certainly is not the final word for determining what this years roster will be when we do open our season. I want to see our FO get aggressive and show the same toughness we expect to see on the field from our players; our rate of improvement has to keep pace or exceed, at least, the other teams in our division!

  17. By Dynosoar on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Whitey,

    I owe you big for that video. With a mother like Markus has, it’s no wonder he’s where he is.

  18. By Scott H on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    EXCELLENT choice having Adrian Wilson come to the podium to announce the 2nd round selection! You da man, A-Dub!

  19. By krehbieo14 on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    So many of the Cardinals draft choices have stories of triumph over adversity. Keim did that last year with his selection of Smokey. I respect Arians and Keim for taking players who are passionate about life and want to excell and give back to their communities. It makes me proud to be a Cardinals fan!

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