The door is closed

Posted by Darren Urban on April 5, 2011 – 10:42 am

At long last, for those out there wondering, the process has started. The scouts have arrived in Tempe, and the “war room” for the draft is now used by front office, coaches and scouts to begin the lengthy process of breaking down available players, combine thoughts and pro day reports to grade them all and build a draft board. The work will last a couple of weeks, and in addition they will eventually do some mock drafts to get a sense of who will go where.

For now, with the lockout ongoing (we will see what, if anything, changes after tomorrow’s hearing) the organization of the draft board and those plans are the only thing that can really happen. General manager Rod Graves told me yesterday that internally, the Cards continue to discuss the big picture of the offseason, but again, it can only be talk — kind of like what is going on on this blog. It’s hard to believe that, in a normal offseason, we’d be deep into free agency and roster turnover at this point — by this time last year, Rex Hadnot, Derek Anderson, Paris Lenon, Joey Porter and Jay Feely were already Cardinals.

The thought did make me think of what would happen if — and at this point, it doesn’t seem likely, but you never know — the labor situation was resolved to the point free agency/trading opened up between now and the draft. What a juggling act (messy too) that would be for teams.

In the meantime, however, the list is being put together down the hall, and at some point, the names of Newton and Gabbert and Miller and Peterson, etc., will all be put in order on the top 120 list. While that’s going on, well, we’ll have to find a different path to the bathroom.

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18 Responses to “The door is closed”

  1. By jocards on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    Darren –

    It appears that there is a lock out of a different sort going on where you work. Taking the long way to the bathroom isn’t ideal but at least there is an end in sight to your lock out….I only wish the same were true for the NFL!

  2. By toddCARDS on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren after today how high on that board do you think brooks reed gonna be on there?! clay matthews-‘esque?

  3. By Darren Urban on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    toddCARDS —

    RE: Brooks Reed

    I have no idea. That’s what the meetings are for.

  4. By D on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    Doesn’t look like you can slide our recommendations under the door either…that place is locked down

  5. By JoeVero on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    Have Whiz&Co let you sit in on a war room meeting?

  6. By Darren Urban on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    JoeVero —

    RE: Sitting in

    No. Don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.

  7. By phoenixraven1 on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    Any update on Brooks Reed’s private meetings with the Cards? Wasn’t that yesterday or today?

  8. By Darren Urban on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    Phoenixraven —

    RE: Reed visit

    Not sure what “update” you’d be looking for. I saw the report, but that’s about all we’ll know.

  9. By K-DUB on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply


    Will the Cardinals War Room be broadcasted to the fans in anyway on during the draft?

  10. By Darren Urban on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    RE: War room camera

    No, I do not expect that to happen.

  11. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    With the link you provided above, John Clayton reports he thinks that Judge Nelson will grant the player’s an injunction against the league. The lockout will be lifted but the owners appeal.
    This allows the NFL to continue, correct? Will the expired CBA be in effect or do the owners have the right to set the parameters? What is the expected timetable on Nelson’s decision? Will there be moratorium on FA and/or salary cap or will the teams to the “Pacman” and “make it rain”? And will the Charlie Sheen tour make it through it’s entirety?

  12. By Scott H on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    This off-season has just been painful with no FA and no comings and goings. All the speculation just burns itself out after awhile because there’s only so much of that you can do. At some point, you need something real to react to, one way or the other. It already seems like forever ago that the changes to the coaching staff were being made…doesn’t it???

  13. By Brad W on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Darren, how bout you slip a camera in that war-room and at the end of each day upload the video! Just kiddin, would love to hear what’s going on in there…

  14. By 3rdGeneration on Apr 5, 2011 | Reply

    Cardinal fans: I come to you from Broncos nation with a plea that we as fans unite to have a voice in the CBA. We are attempting to organize ourselves to make a united difference. Below is a letter that one of our bloggers submitted to Pat Bowlen, Broncos team owner, and we felt is represented our opinions so we’re passing it along. Please share this where you feel applicable, and spread the word! We must unite to be heard if we stick to the principles in this letter!!

    Dear Mr Bowlen,
    This letter is meant to put me on record saying that as an avid Bronco fan of over 35 years, I find this current labor situation pathetic and a total disservice to the fans who are truly the ones getting the shaft in this players/owners squabble.
    While not your fault directly it is an absolute necessity for the fans to send a message to you, the league and the players that this type of failure to communicate within yourselves, whether the fault of one side or the other, is an absolute joke considering the wealth and success of this business.
    Combine that with the fact that this sillyness is happening during such catastrophic events all around the world such as the Japanese utterly destructive tsunami and resulting ongoing nuclear radiation releases in the air and the Pacific Ocean, the multiple wars that our U.S. forces are involved in dealing with this time bomb called the Middle East, topped off by a U.S. economy in such disarray that it has been affecting the majority of the fans who live paycheck to paycheck and who’s main concerns are over things like what will the cost of their next tank of gas be, makes all of this NFL impasse seem completely idiotic.
    This is simply outrageous to say the least and I am willing to back up anyone who is willing to hit the league where it counts, in the pocket book. Nothing personal I assure you, but boycotting your product is all that’s left for the fans since you owners and players are incapable of realizing the abnormity of your actions, or lack thereof, on your own. At some point you all need a serious dose of reality and certainly a successful boycott of the league at large would achieve that.
    No more NFL products of any kind for this big boy who has loads of stuff already anyway and no more getting into NFL stadiums, all that for at least one year, that’s the least I can do. And whatever other fans can do to minimize their supporting of the NFL this year will all make for a loud and clear message.
    Everyone should pass on the NFL package this year, perfect time to send DIRECTV and the league a message that their cost is outrageous.
    With all due respect I wish you good health and an eventual return to respectability for your franchise since it has taken some serious hits of late without even taking in account the no cba issue.
    P.S. I love blogging here and will keep doing that since I can speak my mind and it means no extra money for the league.
    Yours truly,

  15. By cardsalltheway on Apr 6, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t see him as a mythical figure either, but what does 40 times and Mel Kipper mean?
    Steve Wyche must really dislike the Cardinals, he said we’ll pick Gabbert 1st round. Good God help us if we do!

  16. By Mario on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’m wondering if Whiz is going to whiff on another Peterson?

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