Cards nab Dan Williams

Posted by Darren Urban on April 22, 2010 – 7:13 pm

Mel Kiper knows something.

The ESPN draft guru had Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams falling to No. 26 in his mock draft, with the Cardinals taking him, and that’s exactly what happened. The Cards had a need and they got — after Suh and McCoy — arguably the best defensive tackle in the draft and the best candidate of all of them to play nose tackle. All along, the Cardinals were looking at nose tackle and inside linebacker with their first slot. We’ll hear from Ken Whisenhunt and Rod Graves in a bit, but my guess is this is just about the best case scenario picking 26th.

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73 Responses to “Cards nab Dan Williams”

  1. By Devin on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Love the pick. Way to good to pass up… Merry Christmas 9-0 and Birdgang!

  2. By Chad Anderson on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Tah Go Cards GREAT pick

  3. By Eric on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Dockett – Williams – Campbell – That’s a heck of a Dline!!!!

  4. By Aitchem on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Great pick! Very surprised he was still there.

  5. By Javy on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Lets go DAN WILLIAMS

  6. By andre on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply


  7. By Jcaswellsr on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Great pick. Now lets get some OL and Corners.

  8. By Bobf on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Looks like a solid pick. Could be a great bookend to 9-0.

  9. By Boomerfan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Great pick. But better than Hughes? I know it’s DT and not LB, but rumors was Hughes is a beast. Oh well. I’ll trust the pro’s that Williams was the BPA and bigger need.

  10. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Does Dan Williams sign for more $$$ than Darnell Dockett currently makes? That could be a problem.

    LOVE THE PICK (especially if Davis or Brown make big gains this year at LB).

  11. By Patrick on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    10 year anchor. In WhizGraves brain we trust. WoW.

  12. By Barry on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Makes for a a solid front D-line thats for sure!!

    Go Cards!!

  13. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I guess Dan won’t be wearing #55 anymore!

  14. By Don - PHX on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I love this pick!

  15. By BeastMode on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Dear Frank Gore,
    Have fun running against us next year
    From, The Best D-Line in the NFL

  16. By dylan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    i like this pick alot actually

  17. By alex u on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    That just made day 2 way more interesting, we could even get a CB now if we don’t like any of the LB’s on the board, maybe Jerome Murphy, i think we wait utill the 3rd’s to grab either Donald Butler/Brandon Spikes to fill in at ILB.

  18. By Glenn on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    keep in mind kiper has 100 mocks-the most recent i saw had williams going 12th-very solid pick…cant wait for tomorrow!

  19. By Taz on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Dan Williams was a GREAT pick to help the D-Line where it was needed. Why are we worried about LB positions? Didn’t we just get Joey Porter to replace Karlos Dansby, then we got other LB after that. Let’s work on an area where it’s really needed. Like CB to help in that area or even a WR to help Fitz and Breaston. We did have a triple threat before Q left. Let’s do that again. STOP WORRYING ABOUT LB until maybe 4th round.

  20. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    If Williams plays well, as he is expected to, he’ll make the linebacking corps better. It’s just a matter of Dan “doing his time” on the sidelines until Whiz thinks he’s ready.

    The move should certainly make Watson and Branch want to strive for the next level — like immediately. I’m sure that was a nice benefit (competition at an underperforming position) that Whiz and Graves considered with this pick.

  21. By B-rad on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    To watch Williams drop to us was exciting. Could have gone Kindle too. i didn’t expect either to be there. I love the excitement of trading around, but our draft room didn’t panic. That’s why we have faith in the Graves/Whiz Crew.
    I like MLB Spikes in the 2nd

  22. By Chocks21 on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    sorry but frank gore will still run all over us with their two first round picks plus what he did in the past… but still a good pick. now get navarro bowman, mardy gilliard and awasi akwanhi onsuh

  23. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    The next time you see John Lott, ask him at what weight he sees Williams playing at. Williams is listed at 6′ 2″ and 327 lbs. Dockett is listed at 6′ 4″ and 285 lbs here at

    If the Cards put Williams at NT, he looks like he might be the fastest of all NTs in the NFL.

  24. By strangemale on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    NFC West is not going to be “soft” any more is it? 49’s did well, we did great and it’s ON!!! Great pick in the late round much like last year, a talent much netter than a 26 pick!

  25. By Dewayne Yazzie on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Was kinda hoping for Sergio Kindle, But I forgot Dan Williams Was still on the board. Way to go whiz!

  26. By charlie lynch on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    in my opinion we should of picked Sergio kindle OLB from Texas, but i trust whiz’s pick. GO CARDS!!!

  27. By CJ on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Great pick fills a need. Projected in the top 10 a while a go.Great d-line. Watch out!

  28. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Interesting to see Sergio Kindle slide to the second round. Every mock draft I’ve seen for months had him going somewhere in the first round.

  29. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    HUGE thighs and hardly any gut on this kid!

  30. By Nick on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t wait to see the new D Line tear up the 9ers new O Line on Monday Night! I feel bad for Alex Smith, well sorta. Hopin’ to see it in the new black jersey too!

  31. By azcardsfan22 on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    In Graves we trust…now lets get a corner….although I am high on Toler, hey Darren been reading up on all blogs and want to thank you for your hard work, have not been making many comments but I am here every Morning reading you

  32. By Matt on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply


    Where’s the videos like from the picks last year? those highlight videos were awesome!

  33. By darrenurban on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Matt —

    There have been some legal things happening with college videos, so those are unavailable.

  34. By NiiiCk on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Because the Cardinals drafted Dan Williams first how do you think they will address the ILB need? Free Agency or draft? If draft, which round and do you see us trading up?

  35. By darrenurban on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    NiiiCK —

    There are six picks left. Let’s see how this plays out. I am sure you’ll see an ILB in the draft.

  36. By D D on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Wow! was praying for him to keep falling. Great pick, couldnt pass on him. keep up the good work on day 2. Go Cards!

  37. By Gerald Jones on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Dan Williams needs help from John Lott to get into NFL playing condition. I wished that the Cards had taken Jerry Hughes, who is now gone to the Colts.

  38. By Andrew on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    LOVE IT!

  39. By 98CardsFan on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Definitely agree with alex u, 3 picks in the next 2 rounds has great potential. Now that Oakland has McClain they would probably part with Kirk Morrison for a 4th or less now as all the former 1st rounders have gone for 5ths and such. Would be a great coverage pickup to pair with Hayes the thumper.

  40. By Big Red on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Happy with the pick! Now, lets go and kick some butt. Especially some cowpokes.

  41. By RWD on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Doucett stepped in and did very nicely at WR this past season… i doubt the cards will look to that position til later rounds since fitz, breaston, and doucett will be an excellent trio

  42. By Cronos Warner on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Great pick!! Keep it up, Whizz!! Pick all Defense and make us a force to be reckoned with this year!!

  43. By Barry Bond on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    O.K. it looks like Dan Williams will work out great in our 3-4 defense, he appears to be fast enough to plug any holes. However I heard the 49ers were going to go for Spiller from Clemson because they wanted speed in the back field, but that did’nt happen. They did select 2 offensive linemen in the first round to protect Alex Smith and open holes for Frank Gore? I think the NFC West will very soon be very competitive and a much stronger division.

  44. By DRC#1FAN on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I was drooling for Dez Bryant. although Iknow a reciever in the first round was not going to happen for us. but hell. that would have been sweeet!!!

    like the pic, its quiet and hard to be excited about another gabbe watson. but hopefully., he is better, although I still like gabe for some reason.

    round two is obviously washington. we need to trade up and get taylor mayes would be a dream. he would be a boost at a coverage linebacker or safety or even nickle or dime corner with a blitz. that would be a steel. I say. trade the raiders and get morrison and their pick to get mayes. realisticly. welcome ILB Washington to the cards.

  45. By az1965 on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Woo hoo!! Great pick!

  46. By Joe-B on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Love the pick.

    And LOL Broncos picking Tebow.

  47. By Dave on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I was ecstatic last year when we got Beanie w/ our 1st pick and I feel exactly the same way with picking Dan Williams. He was the man I wanted to see slide to us and he did just like Beanie did last year. Unbelievable!

    With Robinson fading out, Gabe’s knee issue and Branch never panning out at the posistion we desperately needed this infusion of talent at NT. I could not be happier!

    Way to go Whis/Graves…!

  48. By gordo on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    is there a chance the cards move up and draft washington since hes there

  49. By darrenurban on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Gordo —

    There’s always a chance. But my guess is the Cards will stay put.

  50. By Luke J on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Love the pick

  51. By Luke J on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I hope the Cards get -Antenna Ball in the 2nd rd.

    He played for Jack in the Box and was legit

  52. By Dan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I still want Greg Hardy or maybe even Wooten. Wouldn’t mind getting that TE from Arizona but I’m a defensive guy so I would take Hardy…hehe!

  53. By Mackey on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Awesome! Not only am I happy a TN Vol went to the Bird (so I have a double-rooting interest) but I believe he’s going to be a solid player. He made a ton of improvements on and off the field this year and made himself into a NFL prospect. Now he can work on strength and conditioning even more with John Lott and become a meast in the middle. The people in Knoxville are proud of him and some may even follow the Cardinals now.

  54. By John on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Admit it Darren, Neither you or I thought there was any chance Williams falls this far. We both thought Weatherspoon went to Atlanta, and I knew someone was trading up for Tebow, which trading down would have been wise. Except for the fact Williams dropped.
    That made our pick easy.

    Not often you fill your biggest need with the best player at that position. Great pick.

    Could the cards trade up there 2 and 3 for Clausen? Or stay put and take Sean Lee (2nd) CB AOA (3rd) and John Jerry (G/T)(3rd)

  55. By darrenurban on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    John —

    I don’t think the Cards like Clausen enough to trade up for him.

  56. By Russ from Reno on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    This was a huge pick, but we need to build OL to protect who ever is the QB. What do you think Darren?

  57. By darrenurban on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Russ —

    I think anyone who didn’t think the Cards would go defense with their first pick (and likely their second pick) isn’t paying attention.

  58. By Deveau on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply


    Well, seems to be a good morning in Cards country. I love the pick, and was elated to see Dan Williams fall to us.

    What I’m wondering is how a top 10 – 15 pick can fall to us at 26, fill a pressing need of ours, and then be rated a “C” by the talking heads. Really, a “C”?

    Could you explain that to me?



  59. By darrenurban on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Cris —

    Not sure who they expected the Cards to take. But none of the grades matter. There have been years where the Cards got an “A” and most of the players washed out.

  60. By John on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Daryl Washington, Sean Lee, even Navarro Bowman all could play ILB and seem like the logical pick in the second.

    Darren,Is there a player who would drop (like Williams in the first) who would make the cards rethink the direction of that 2nd round pick ? Who would be that player ?

    Second, for a player they loved, it took a long time to turn in their card in the first. Was there any debate you heard about ? I know they probally got a call from the lions about trading down.

  61. By darrenurban on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    John —

    I am sure they listened like they should have. But the reason Goodell took so long to announce the pick was because Tebow-mania was going on and the NFL Network was having a lengthy interview with the QB. The Patriots were actually on the clock for two or three minutes before Goodell announced the pick because he was waiting for the end of the Tebow interview.

  62. By Russ from Reno on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I know that Matt will not be as quick as Kurt and that means interceptions thrown by Matt if he’s not protected, he needs time. Maybe later in the rounds pick up help for the o-line.

  63. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Pat Angerer (Iowa) or Sean Lee (Penn State) would seem like good alternatives at LB if Washington (TCU) is gone when the Cards pick at #26 in the second round. All those guys excel at defending the run.

  64. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    How does everyone feel about Brandon Spikes as their second round pick? He’s a true ILB and despite terrible combine #’s, he knows how to play the postion.

  65. By Deveau on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply


    I agree that the talking heads grades don’t really matter in the big scheme of things, as each pick will be finally graded by what they do/don’t achieve on the field. I just think it would be nice to get a bit of respect occasionally.

    My $.02.

  66. By Darthcard on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I like the pick. I understand the pick it was bpa need pick. I’m still very concerned about the cornerback position. Mcfadden is weak and toler is coming along. I’m still seeing brees and Rodgers closing there eyes and completing passes with ease. Yes an ilb is needed but cb talent and depth IMO is paramount.

  67. By ben on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply


    Okay, lets here where were going in the second round??

    Any thoughts??

    I’m thinking LB all the way, would love Sean Lee. Who are you looking at?

    P.S. Whiz and Graves are such a good team together on draft day. I really like how they stick to their board. Seems like we have better direction than say the 2002 draft…ugh

  68. By darrenurban on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Ben —

    Already posted my thoughts.

  69. By Alex R. (Boundplaya) on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve only heard what people have said about this guy, but I’d like CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. I don’t know that he’s 2nd round worthy, though. Apparently he’s one of the best returners out there, which would fill a void. He’s also big, physical and has decent speed. His only knock would be that he’s from a Division 2 school. Worse competition didn’t stop us from getting Toler, though.

  70. By D Kerry on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Cards need to look for a quarterback in the third round. If LeFevour is available what a pick he would be. Dual threat runner and a 66% career completion quarterback. LeFevour is the only player in NCAA history with over 12,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards. Strong arm tough kid. Doesn’t get any better than that.

  71. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Judging from the size of the bear hug commissioner Roger Goodell gave Williams on stage at NYC Thursday night, I’m guessing the commish is pretty high on Dan. Williams even got a bigger hug than Suh did.

    I don’t see Goodell hugging Big Ben like that anytime soon.

  72. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    Dan’s bubbly personality and infectious smile remind me of a certain player we drafted last year – Beanie Wells.

    And both really seem to love the game.

    The high character picks just keep coming. Seems like a trend since Whiz arrived.

  73. By Eazy E on Apr 24, 2010 | Reply

    Dan Williams looks like wilfork on the field. He don’t need to lose no weight. Guy looks great.

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