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Cards could use some Super pressure

Posted by Darren Urban on February 8, 2016 – 3:24 pm

Just two weeks ago, Steve Keim was emphasizing the need to improve the Cardinals’ pass rush. This is no state secret, or hard to analyze. After watching what the Broncos did to the Panthers in the Super Bowl — and what the Cardinals could not do to Cam Newton in the NFC Championship game — that plan of action couldn’t have been made any more crystal clear.

It changes the game to be able to pressure off the edge consistently. It makes a difference in the biggest games. After the 2007 season, the Patriots, with their 18-0 record and a passing game that scored more than 50 times by itself, stalled in the Super Bowl. The Giants’ defense wasn’t even that powerful overall, necessarily — but it had a front four that could get to the quarterback (and depth up front), that made life hellish for Tom Brady and brought down the undefeated season with a crash.

This has been a constant topic around the Cardinals in recent years. Even looking back at the 2011 draft, when the Cardinals picked future All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson with the No. 5 overall choice, the team was eyeing Super Bowl 50 star Von Miller had he dropped that far (although it became clear in the days leading up to the draft he would not.) You can scheme all you want and blitz more than any other team — which the Cards have done the last couple of years — but blitzing is a risk that can burn a club. And the Cards didn’t always provide the pressure even when they did blitz. The pass rush doesn’t guarantee a title (ask the Panthers, who harassed Peyton Manning pretty well themselves) but it’s an uphill climb without it.


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41 Responses to “Cards could use some Super pressure”

  1. By Andy Kw on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    Muhammad Wilkerson (Elite 3-4 DE) and draft OLB Noah Spence. You get those two, you will go to the Super Bowl in the 2016 season

  2. By shane on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    this team needs to go hard in free agency for guys like Wilkerson & malik jackson.. in the draft if there lucky Noah Spence but i doubt he will fall to them .. if not i would go with a guy like Leonard Floyd out of Georgia whos a speed guy that needs to put on some weight but can be used as a 3rd down pass rusher until he can .. ive said this before too Steve Keim cant be shy to go after players that might not be Mr. nice guy or have some off the field troubles.. this team needs to have a attitude a killer instinct something this team lacked this year . Even more so once Ty went down .. the panthers & broncos both have thos kind of guys and they got to the biggest stage players have to have an edge to them in order for them to dominate like the broncos did week in & week out.

  3. By D on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    Andy-those 2 would help, but I doubt Mr. Keim will spend big $ in free agency and once V. Miller is franchised and Malik Jackson, 3-4 DE is paid big time, then Wilkerson is next…demanding probably more $ than AZ would want to spend.
    Now, I could see a prove it type of deal for a J. Gallette along with at least 2 players for pass rush help in the draft.

  4. By Chuck 1 on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    Now that pass rush is what Keim could have given the Cards.
    Instead, he’s given the team Minter, Cooper, Humphries, Niklas and the failed QB from Virginia Tech among others instead of trading up (if necessary) to draft a true pass rusher.
    I think that Keim deserves a C+ for his drafts.
    The coming draft will send a clear signal of how well he drafts.

  5. By Scott H on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    First, I do not fault Bettcher for the lack of a pass rush this season, especially at the end. I don’t blame him any more than I don’t blame for Bowles for the lack of a pass rush for most of last year. At some point, you need the right players to get it done. You need pass rushers. ( JTDG, this one’s for you! ) What Bowles AND Bettcher both did was orchestrate defenses that lacked any true pass rushers. And they both did a heck of a job creating defenses that were still very good. Ya gotta give them credit for that. But….

    ….that said, I really think a page needs to be taken from what the Broncos did. Two years ago, they were pasted by Seattle in the SB. They were smoked in every aspect of the game. They appeared to have the pieces for the offense in place ( despite only scoring 8 points ). Elway went hell bent for leather building the DEFENSIVE side of the ball and a mere two years later, their DEFENSE carried THEM to a SB victory. And needless to say, a relentless pass rush was central to bringing that Lombardi trophy home.

    As good as our defense was at times and in overall rankings for most of the season, they are NOT in the same league as that defense we saw yesterday. Like those Broncos, the pieces of the offense are in place here. Yesterday’s Broncos proved that defense CAN win championships. Our defense is already very good. What we lack is a pass rush. That needs to be priority ONE this off-season.

    BTW, and for what it’s worth, I DID advocate strongly for the hiring of Wade Phillips after Bowles left….just sayin. For a DC, you really couldn’t miss with him.

  6. By MT on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    D- Why not spend big on one player in FA if that is the piece you need? Keim spent big money on an LT and LG the last two years. And the piece we need is a dominant edge rusher Jets aren’t going to let of Wilkerson, and they have cap space to keep him. But the Broncos already have a ton of money tied up in Ware, Wolfe, Demaryius and soon to be a hige contract for Von Miller, so Jackson will get to test the market. and that’s a smart signing, since he’s only 26 and Calais Campbell willbe 31 when he’s up for an extension. It’s a win-win. Pay him good money but have the big salary cap hits happen in 2017 and 18 when we have amny more free agents. and, lockup a bedrock of the D-line for 4-5 years.

  7. By D on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    Offseason plan of action:
    -extend C. Campbell and M. Floyd, giving more Cap space
    -try to sign J. Powers. (R. Johnson will get better offers in free agency)
    -find a long snapper
    -release DWash
    – resign: D. Stanton
    -offer contract/sign ext to J. Brown, J. Mauro, T. Jefferson, D.J. Swearinger

    Possible Free Agent additions:
    J. Gallette OLB
    C. Fleener TE
    S. Wisniewski C
    T. Johnson CB
    D. Trevathan ILB
    A Veteran backup swing Tackle

    Draft (depending on what is still needed after Free Agency)

    Names to Know

    -Round 1
    V. Butler, DT, K. Dodd DE, S. Calhoun DE, C. Nassib DE, N. Spence OLB

    Round 2
    A. Washington DT, B. Kaufusi DE, K. Fuller CB, D. Hall CB

    Round 3
    J. Jenkins OLB, K. Drake RB, M. Tuerk C

    Round 4
    S. Davis FS, D. Lasco RB

  8. By joe holst on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    Spend the whole offseason pumping up the front 7

  9. By John on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    Darren, do you think Steve Keim would have any interest in targeting Aldon Smith to fill the our need for a pass rusher? The reality is we are unlikely to move up in the draft, especially given Steve Keim’s philosophy, and elite edge rushers are not left on the board so late in the first round.

    Despite Aldon Smith’s character issues and the fact that an additional incident would cause him to miss the entire season (maybe more), he fills a huge need, his talent is undeniable, and I think any team would be able to protect itself contract wise against the possibility of him getting into off-field trouble.

    I think we need to stick with taking the best player available in the draft and take a calculated risk on Aldon Smith because that is our only chance of landing a difference maker who can rush the passer.

  10. By Darren Urban on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    John —

    RE: Aldon Smith

    After dealing with DWash, I find it hard to believe they would rely on a guy who is one mistake away from being banned for good.

  11. By Dr. G. on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    The rush for the Broncos was indeed impressive, so much so that we saw Superman give up after an ass-woopin’ and refuse to jump on an open fumble his for the taking. His arrogant spark was all but gone, just enough to be impolite to everyone post game.

    The elephant in the room? Many sporting contests are an appropriate venue for a little in-your-face exchange; it’s the emotional nature of competition. A little teasing goes a long way — the reason for the NFL resorting to penalties for excesses.

    Cam Newton put on full display this season an inordinate degree of celebration that eventually has became his Waterloo, even prior to the Super Bowl. When criticized for his behavior, he turned to the race card. He said ((paraphrasing)) – ((No one has ever seen a black qb play like me before…)) Ugh, CAM, Doug Williams won a Super Bowl…with class. Randall Cunningham preempted any athletic prowess you have; Warren Moon and Steve McNair would like to turn you over their knee…and many, many more going back to 1921…

    For me, Cam, I can look past this once you come to the realization that you’ve been served. You are young; becoming a real adult is your next play book. Win with humility, and lose with humility. If you haven’t lost much, you don’t know how to win… Grow up…the fans are a forgiving lot. And, thank God for your talent…

  12. By georgiebird on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    Darren,
    SK has a tremendous amount of work to do. And I know the Cards defense was ranked high but that stat is not against playoff caliber teams.
    1) HB and PP are the only above average players.
    2) CC is a good player but disappears in too many games
    3) Freeney at 36 is easily the best LB and that is the biggest problem
    4) Cards’ defense should be the 4-3
    5) defensive team speed is slow- no explosive players exc PP, HB and DF
    6) Markus has to be moved inside
    7) given HB’s injury, DF’s age and PP’s mental blocks, no defensive guy is a definite keeper
    8) the Cards defense is built for the regular season where most QBs are not stars
    9) Very disappointed in LBs esp Okafer even before his “injury”
    10) 90% of SK’s attention this off season has to go to the defense
    11) Bettcher did a good job considering the talent level on defense.
    12) Wholesale changes are highly recommended if the Denver defense is being looked at as a proto-type.

  13. By Darren Urban on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: Playoff opponents

    The Cardinals play five playoff teams.

    The Broncos played six.

    The Panthers played three.

    So by your line of thinking, you would say the same about both those teams?.

  14. By Chuck 1 on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    From the Thumbs Down that I received, it’s apparent that commentators on this blog believe that Cooper, Niklas, Humphries, and the utterly failed experience with the QB from VT were wise draft picks.

    We still have to blitz 5, 6 or even seven to try to come close to sacking the QB.
    How’d that work against Newton.

    Wise up.

  15. By Steve on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    Just look no further than the Seahawks, Rams and Chiefs. Those teams are NOT afraid to take chances on guys with some off the field issues in the top 2 rounds and it has paid off in improving those teams defenses. Janoris Jenkins and Alex Ogletree of the Rams, Bruce Irwin of the Seahawks and Marcus Peters of the Chiefs, all were high picks with some issues and all are Pro Bowl caliber players. The Cards will pass on talented pass rushers with some off the field stuff like Gregory and instead take a lesser talented guy with a good work ethic like Markus Golden who won’t be a difference maker.

  16. By Darren Urban on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Gregory

    Gregory didn’t make near the impact this year as Golden. So how do you know that was the wrong choice?

  17. By Steve on Feb 8, 2016 | Reply

    I’m just simply saying that if Noah Spence falls to us at #29, Keim will probably pass on him because he isn’t a choir boy.

  18. By Garth Shot on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Denver ended up with two of the top pass rushers in the NFL with Miller and Ware. It would be great to have the # 2 pick, as long as it isn’t yours. But picking in the middle or bottom of the first round, you’re probably not going to get an elite prospect. Two options, trade your first round pick for a team’s first round pick in the following year, and hope that the team you trade with has a terrible year, and you end up with a high first round pick. In the meantime you target CB’s, and build up the back end of the defense. Of course many other teams are looking for an improved pass rush.

  19. By Big Ken on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Bring on the combine!

  20. By JohnS on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    This article is spot on. I purposely watched the Broncos defensive line from the very first snap in the SB and on every single play they had Carolinas offensive line moving backwards. I’m hoping an elite defensive line is Keim’s priority like it was for Denver after they lost the Superbowl. It’s the key to getting past Seattle and Carolina.

  21. By erik on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Chuck 1,

    I was about to write something similar. Keim has not drafted well in the early rounds. Golden looks likes he will be ok, and Bucannon is a good player, but he isn’t even playing the position he was drafted for. Time to draft for need early, I think, since the BPA strategy has failed them in the first couple of rounds so far.

  22. By All Day on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Chuck and Erik. While those players haven’t given much so far you have to remember a few things.
    1. Humphries was only a rookie this year and he can still be a good player just hasn’t had a chance.
    2. Niklas is a block first tight end and was a good player when he came out but injuries have kept him from developing
    3. Cooper is another injury prone player who hasn’t been able to develop because of it. While he was healthy this year he didn’t play much but still he can get better.
    4. Minter is solid he’s not outstanding but he’s a good tackler and is solid against
    the run. Also at the time of Minters arrival D wash was still available and so we didn’t need minter so badly
    5. Thomas was a failure I would say but I think they mostly ran out of patience with his development and Barkley was a cheap upgrade.
    We need a pass rush no question about it but that hasn’t been as much of a priority in the past because of other main needs.
    And too you can’t forget all the great players Keim has brought to us
    Carson Palmer
    Jared Veldheer
    Tyrann Mathieu
    Mike Iupati
    Dwight Freeny and John Abraham were good additions
    Bucannon has been good
    John Brown
    David Johnson
    Antonio Cromartie played well for us last year too

  23. By georgiebird on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Darren,
    Any team’s defense is not as effective when playing against playoff caliber opponents. And it’s just my opinion that the Cardinals’ defense drops off more than what might be considered reasonable.
    The biggest culprit in this drop-off is the linebacker group-probably one of the worst in the NFL. Freeney at 36 made the others look like statues.
    I still stand by a prior post- BA should have been COY again in 2015.

  24. By georgiebird on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Darren,
    If you read one of my recent posts, you will see why I made a lot of money on the SB. How? I threw out the Cardinals-Panthers game and saw that the Panthers had some warts in 4 of their 5 previous games.
    The slow Cards defense made the Panthers look great-but that game was the outlier. For the Panthers, the 2nd half of the Seahawks and Giants game and the Falcons game showed an observer a lot more going forward than what the Cards game showed.

  25. By georgiebird on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    @Erik,
    Golden will be ok as an ILB- he doesn’t have the type of speed we are talking about to be a future OLB star.

  26. By georgiebird on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    @Chuck1,
    Agree 100% on the top end draft choices made by SK. For a team ready to compete for a SB, these draft choices were pretty bad. If the Cards were say the Bills or the Browns and looking down the road a few years, then the failure of high draft choices to produce NOW could be tolerated.

  27. By erik on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Georgie,

    I’m not sure about moving Golden inside. I feel like that gives you basically another Minter. Someone who can tackle a guy right in front of him, but has almost no hope of catching anyone out in space.

    I will admit, I hated the Golden pick at first. I watched a lot of his college tape after he was drafted and it appeared to me that he had no pass rush moves. Most of his sacks seemed to come more from excellent coverage behind him. But after watching him play for a year, I am optimistic. He can get to the QB. I doubt he is a double digit sack guy, but he is good where he is.

    I have to say, while I don’t necessarily think the Cards should go to a 4-3, I do think that would turn Calais into a dominant player. It is hard to get sacks playing as a DE in a 3-4. I think if Calais ever had the chance to play DE in a 4-3 he would reach double digit sacks every year. No way to know that, it is just a hunch.

  28. By ron on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    WOW – Don’t any of you remember the last 15 years with Rod Graves
    and company. This group of Keim and Arians has been great – We were in the NFC championship – How great was that. 13-3

  29. By Dr. G. on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Re: risk//reward for head cases.

    Cards Fans, Since the advent of the “participation reward” for just showing up, adolescence has probably elevated to age 30+…coddling children has led a good portion of them to think they can ignore consequences of their actions. “No big deal, someone will take care of that for me.” In the political realm, this is why Bernie is doing so well with the “cradle-to-grave” mentality…baffling, but real…

    Now, as for taking a flyer on a “bad boy,” Keim and Co. can handle future potential behavioral risks with contract clauses. But we need to ask, “”Do we take the time necessary to teach a man a system on the field to be successful, only to have him step on his dong again and be disqualified?”” Time and effort is valuable in the NFL. The NFLPA//NFL agreement is replete with protective things that can make it difficult for the franchise. Sometimes, it’s worth a shot, eg., Tyrann. But you must be careful. There are many, many more failures than successes in this arena.

    The Cards have put the league on notice that we have a team with which to be reckoned under MB//SK//BA… Some of their success is luck; most of it is not.

    On to the off-season to make us even better… I have a sting that is still gnawing…

    We all know the targets: a few are LB (rusher), DE (rusher), QB, CB? Does Cooper stay? I see CB being addressed already.

    How many more ((years)) opportunities does Palmer have? …We need Sancho Panza…

  30. By Dr. G. on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Chuck! – – The thumbs down were probably not in disagreement; they were probably directed at 20-20 hindsight opinion. There was optimism at the time of picking. One does not choose a bad or lazy player intentionally.

    ScottH – – While you point to Wade, I will admit to wanting Alex Smith prior to Palmer being signed. I try to imagine this Cards team with him. Carson was a pleasant surprise though.

    Steve – – SK could take Spence…as a LB//DE, but I would like to see the contract terms…a la Tyrann. If he turned out to be a “choir boy,” he could be a triple threat by singing the Anthem too…! Don’t give up yet on your boy.

    All Day – – good posting list…there are many more, huh? SK has done very well, despite picking a few warts. SK’s FA acquisitions have been excellent all day long… be well Cards Fans…

  31. By DTL on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Pass Rush Specialist aka the magic bullet:

    Keim’s sucess well documented, Abraham, Freeney et al. Silk purse from sow’s ear, hard to do… Golden better than expected, maybe next year becomes Chronicles of Riddick, big fast, red shirted. Maybe we get lucky in draft. Would expect Keim to throw FAs and draft picks at problem and see what happens… Challenge makes off season worthwhile.

    Carolina’s loss to Broncs reminiscent of Cards’ loss to Carolina, fall behind early, make mistakes trying to come back. But we never had a guy fail to at least try to make a play when appeared in position. I Like the courage of our guys, we’ll be back.

  32. By Scott H on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Dr.G. –

    I loved your post about Newton. Perfectly stated in my humble opinion. You summed up many of my own thoughts better that I could have.

    Cam Newton has come up really small since that game ended on Sunday. I’m no big fan, but…I was hoping after a few days, he would make a better presentation. But after his comments earlier today? No such luck. He continues to some off as a angry little boy who just doesn’t want to be ( or maybe he just CAN’T be ) gracious in losing.

    Sorry, Cam, but you don’t get to be so in-our-faces and demonstrative when you win, then want to run and hide when you lose. This guy was EVERYONE’S sweetheart before that game started. And if he were smart, he would put the smile back on, take responsibility, and acknowledge how great the Broncos played on Sunday. That would draw people to him. But with his statements and demeanor, he has gone from sweetheart to jerk in record time. Today, he just made it worse.

  33. By Chuck 1 on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    Dr. G.,

    As you say, it’s possible that the Thumbs Downs for my comment were because of my ‘hindsight”.

    “Hindsight” has occurred for decades in all sports. There are many examples of GMs, who are remembered, in HINDSIGHT, of doing an excellent job. There are also many examples of GMs, who are remembered, in HINDSIGHT, as doing a fair-to-poor job. Graves is an example of the latter {although, I said that during his time as GM, not in HINDSIGHT, and as I’ve written EARLIER about Keim’s inability (unwillingness?) to fill the most obvious need of the Cards, one or more PASS RUSHER(S).}

    Keim has done a fair job as GM. He’s done well in signing FAs. However, he has NOT satisfied the real need, as mentioned in Darren’s blog (and, JTDG’s table-pounding, A TOP PASS RUSHER!!!). Hence the grade that I gave him of C+.

    I stand by my grade until he does what he should do. Sign at least one pass rusher like Von Miller and make better draft choices in the early rounds.

  34. By hminus on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    If we do 2 things ONLY,(& stay static EVERYWHERE else,)then we will take the next step into SB51…1.transform our pass rush…& 2.build up our O-LINE some more until they are virtually impenetrable…do these 2 things & EVERYTHING changes…

  35. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 9, 2016 | Reply

    2013 Draft;

    First, let me say, everything I say can be fact checked in the archives. Time to judge the draft

    Round 1

    First mistake
    Keim had a chance to move down in the draft and pick up an additional 2nd. He choose not to do this.
    Second mistake,
    There were 5 interior lineman picked in the first round. 2 are pro bowlers, 2 are regular starters and he chose Cooper, a bust.
    Third mistake,
    I wanted to trade down and take a safety (Vaccaro). One of the number one things that plagued the cards in 2013, was safeties unable to cover a TE. There was Vaccaro and Eric Reid taken in the first round.

    Round 2

    Smart move trading down with the chargers and picking up another 4.

    Taking Minter, a 2 down LB, on a defense that wasn’t built that way made no sense. Especially, when one of my favorite guys in the draft was sitting there, Jamie Collins. Collins is a lot like Dansby. He could be an edge rusher but is so good in coverage and playing the run, he was moved inside by the Pats.

    Not trading down, eliminated a 2nd second rounder. I was a huge fan of Terron Armstead. a very good tackle.

    Round 3

    Taking Tyrann Matheu was an easy move. PP was running to Keim saying he was clean and a good person. Everyone knew he could play, so with PP’s backing, it was easy.

    Round 4

    Alex Okafer seemed like he was going to step up to the next level, but left everyone wanting more in 2015. He went from starter to a rotational guy who may not be resigned once his contract is up.

    Earl Watford is a disappointment. With talent to play, he hasn’t found his way to the field.

    Round 5

    Stephan Taylor has been a nice special teams player. Not much else.

    Round 6

    The cards took a chance on Ryan Swope, a deep threat who had a list of concussions. He never played for the cards

    Andre Ellington seemed to be a steal of the draft. BA wanted to run his offense through him. But 3 years of injuries and the emergence of David Johnson has made him a back up who doesn’t get many touches.

    Round 7

    DC Jefferson never made the 53.

    So, an average two down LB, a very good Safety, and a back up RB. You be the judge, do you really think it was a good draft?

  36. By Dr. G. on Feb 10, 2016 | Reply

    Chuck1 – – Can’t disagree with your grade on some of the picks, but SK has Mikey to answer to for the money as well…gotta spread it around some. And, you are correct; he is much improved from what we had. I’ve put up with this for many years, esp. at QB and the O-line.

    I liked the “boot in his ass” comment by BA. Some of these guys just do not perform once they get the $$$…a la Cooper. His deal is preposterous for what he has done. Long ago, I posted a wish that I would like to see players get paid for “”what they have done,”” not for what we “think they might do.””

    And hind sight is a good tool for how we handle the future. Their “draft grade” can help determine future success. Yep, if every guy we drafted met expectations, we would certainly have a super team. It’s is still a crap shoot in the long run. I like FA and trades a little better, but the $$ is usually a bigger proposition.

    You know, my less than favorite performer in the secondary has not earned a small portion of what his contract contains….the guy who Julio made look like an 8th grader…be well…

  37. By Chuck 1 on Feb 10, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG,

    Excellent analysis and recapping of what you wanted and Keim’s folly in 2013.
    I’m looking forward to your recap of what you wanted in 2014 and 2015 and Keim’s choices.

    PS: My grade of C+ for Keim’s draft choices looks fair, maybe even better than he deserves.

  38. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 11, 2016 | Reply

    Chuck 1

    It is hard to judge completely 2014

    2014,
    Round 1;
    one thing is for sure, we took a safety, who was moved to LB instead of Dee Ford or Demarcus Lawrence, two OLBs (DLaw has been converted to DE with Dallas but was an OLB).

    I really wanted DLaw. Thought he could be that pass rusher we needed. Missed almost his entire rookie year with a broken leg but came back and had two sacks in the playoff game. Dallas now is playing a 4-3, and from his end spot, that he rotates with Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory and still had 8 sacks.

    Round 2
    This would be a nice Hindsight pick. I don’t know. The kid has not been healthy. The cards don’t throw to their TEs. Seems like a bad pick for a second rounder. Still holding out hope. But when you look down into the 3rd round, there were 5 starting guards taken one starting center and one starting RT. Would loved to have taken a Trai Turner or Gabe Jackson in round two.

    Round 3
    Martin is a back up at best. I dont get the pick. I really liked Donte Moncrief at WR. Funny, there was info somewhere that says cards may look to draft Fitz’s replacement. This kid had 64 catches from the slot at 6’2″ and 222 lbs.

    John Brown was the home run of the draft.

    Round 4

    This was a bust from day one. Logan Thomas was a terrible college QB. Terrible pick. Can’t believe we passed on Telvin Smith, who could have played where Bucannon played. He had 128 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a pick. Fast, LB.

    I mean a do over draft could have looked like this;
    round 1 – Demarcus Lawrence – OLB
    Round 2 – Trai Turner – RG
    Round 3 – Moncreif and Brown WRs
    Round 4 – Telvin Smith ILB

    I honestly wanted DLaw, Moncreif and Smith. Didn’t know much about John Brown or Trai Turner.

    This 2014 draft netted an ILB, an injured TE, a stud WR, a DE/OLB who isn’t very good, and a rotational DE. We may be a year away that only 2 guys are on this team from this draft.

    That could mean out of Keim’s first two drafts, we could have 3 players of significance. You can judge if that is good.

  39. By Chuck 1 on Feb 11, 2016 | Reply

    Thanks, JTDG for taking the time to refresh our memories about who Keim drafted in 2014 and who you thought should be selected.

    The overall productivity for Keim’s draft choices in 2013 and 2014 speak for themselves.
    UGHHHH.

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