Where Cards, Keim go from here

Posted by Darren Urban on March 21, 2014 – 11:54 am

Antonio Cromartie was asked about moving into the NFC West. “Oh, I love it,” he said. “The competition is here.” Obviously, the division sets a high bar for the Cardinals this offseason. But General Manager Steve Keim isn’t going to get giddy about free agency improvements.

“I don’t want to step out on a limb and say that we’re there yet,” Keim said. “As a perfectionist, I think we all look at things and would like to be a little deeper in certain positions.”

To recap, the Cardinals have added a starting cornerback (Cromartie), a starting left tackle (Jared Veldheer), a probable starting tight end (John Carlson), a speed third receiver and return man (Ted Ginn), a potential replacement for Rashard Mendenhall (Jonathan Dwyer) and an interior offensive lineman who has been a starter (Ted Larsen.)

Cap space is shrinking. After Cromartie’s deal is worked in, the Cards should have only about $4 million of space left. There is more coming after June 1 when the Colledge release is figured in (and I was wrong on how that is considered. I knew the cap hit had to be carried through the actual June 1 date; I didn’t realize Colledge’s entire original cap hit for 2014 stays on the books until then. So that’s more than $7 million, although it means the Cards will clear about $5M in cap space come June — before they’ll sign any rookies.)

But there will be more moves of some sort. Now, roster building will be about bargains now for Keim. There are still spots that he’d like to address, whether there or in the draft:

— depth at defensive end
— depth at outside linebacker
— “length” at both positions
— safety
— depth at inside linebacker

Depth at inside linebacker is the call because the Cards are counting on, not surprisingly, 2013 second-round pick Kevin Minter. “We’ll find out what Kevin Minter is made of,” Keim said. “Kevin is a guy that we drafted in the second round and is going to replace Karlos Dansby. He is in the audition stage. He’s got to prove that he is the guy that we thought he was coming out of college at LSU.”



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82 Responses to “Where Cards, Keim go from here”

  1. By JAKE on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Cant Wait to see Minter full time. He laid some folks out on special teams last year. Talk about a couple of thumpers…. DWash and Minter are going to be scary.

  2. By Eric G on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    The moves thus far have been so perfect that the only way to go is down right? Somehow, I think Keim will find a way to keep going up. FA has been well played Cards, Kudos to everyone at the organization, and I mean EVERYone.

  3. By Dan on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, outside linebacker or quarterback with #20pick? Not sure we should take a Qb that high when the cream should be gone by then. I like the kid from Mizzou at linebacker, Ealy I think is his name. Until we got A.C. I wanted a corner but we should be good now. This D being put together could be awesome if T.M. comes back healthy. Your thoughts ? Thanks Darren

  4. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Dan —

    RE: 20th pick

    I think Keim has the right idea: Let’s see who is on the board. If you are convinced the QB sitting there can be special, then take him. If not, absolutely not. I can see safety, pass rusher, maybe right tackle.

  5. By Seth on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    I’m hoping it’s the DT/DE out of Minnesota, kid is a beast, Ra’shede Hageman, if available

  6. By Craig on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Still think safety that can cover tight ends is our biggest concern. Pass rusher would be great with first pick (Dee Ford or Kony Ealy), but we have to be able to contain F**KING VERNON DAVIS.

  7. By Tom Moore on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Stop giving your “opinion” on what positions the cardinals need to address. Your job is to report and write about facts and things that have occurred. When you wrote about positions Cards needed to address in FA a couple weeks ago you were wrong as usual, so why do that with the draft?

  8. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Tom (or Steve or Dave or whatever name you are using this time) —

    RE: Opinions

    And yet you keep reading.

    You also seem to be struggling with the definition of opinion. Post above is what Keim said the team needs to address.

  9. By vnk on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Any idea what our options could be at the Safety position in light of the salary cap. That seems to arguably be the thinnest spot at the moment…

  10. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    vnk —

    RE: safety

    I would guess they will address it in the draft.

  11. By D on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    There isn’t much on the market in terms of vetern ILB right now (Foote is washed up), will have to wait to see who is cut after the draft…they do need to add someone because isn’t Alexander dealing with an injury that is taking some time to heal?

    Round 1 draft pick will have to be a difference maker even if the kid only plays in situational downs…I am thinking pass rusher…in this draft, they can get a starter at Right Tackle in Round 2.

  12. By carlo milano on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Yesterday just mr.Bidwell was present at facility introducing antonio cromartie.
    Keim and arians were attending a pro day? Missouri or fresno state?

  13. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Keim/Arians

    Arians has been off this week, along with all the coaches. Keim was traveling to Florida for the owner’s meetings.

  14. By BirdsSTC on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Tom Moore needs a hug.

  15. By azjam on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    I’m very pleased with the Card’s free agent signings. I really think they have improved the team. Not much money left but enough to resign RT Eric Winston. Darren, is he even in their plans??

  16. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    azjam —

    RE: Winston

  17. By Coach K on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply


    RD. 1- Dee Ford, OLB, (6'2", 248 lbs) Auburn
    Fluid athlete with impressive burst, agility and underrated strength. As his size suggests, Ford relies on his burst off the snap to gain the corner against offensive tackles. He accelerates smoothly and is flexible enough to bend around the corner as a pure speed rusher.

    Also possesses long arms and broad shoulders. These give him better pop at the point of attack than his opponents expect. While he's not going to be able to hold up against a powerful run-blocking right tackle all day long, Ford shows some toughness in setting the edge and does a nice job of jumping outside to keep contain.

    RD.2- Martavis Bryant, WR, (6'4", 215 lbs) Clemson
    Tall, linear athlete with long arms. Above average vertical speed with long strides to accelerate and eat up yards quickly – galloping long-speed to easily gain a step (17 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2013). Flexible and balanced with easy body control to adjust and use his length.

    Nice job catching the ball in stride and away from his body. Wide catching radius and will make acrobatic and off-target catches look easy. Good timing and aggressiveness in 50/50 chances with very good leaping ability. Quick footwork to release off the line of scrimmage and make sharp cuts in his routes – good short-area burst to gain a step in/out of his breaks.

    Competitive kid. Coming off career-bests as a junior in 2013, finishing second on the team in receiving behind Sammy Watkins

    RD.3- Christian Jones, ILB, (6'3", 240 lbs) Florida St.
    Tremendous athlete with has fluid footwork who flawlessly flips his hips to blanket tight ends or receivers down the field in coverage. Tall and long, which he uses well in coverage. Plays with excellent range and speed to chase down the action, taking proper angles in pursuit. Flashes the take-on strength to blow past blockers when he uses proper technique.

    RD.4- Craig Loston, SS, (5'11", 218 lbs) LSU
    Loston is in many ways a similar prospect as 2013 first-round draft pick and former LSU safety, Eric Reid. While perhaps not quite as athletic as Reid, Loston possesses a similar well-built frame, good instincts for the position and is a fearless hitter. Loston attacks downhill, showing rare acceleration and explosion as an open-field hitter.

    RD.5- Josh Mauro, DE, (6'6". 270 lbs) Stanford
    Broad-shouldered, country-strong defensive lineman whose versatility is sure to intrigue scouts operating for 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike. Lined up predominately at defensive end for the Cardinal but also saw action inside as a defensive tackle and even on the nose.

    Possesses good initial quickness off the snap and is very powerful, using his long arms and strong hands to stonewall would-be blockers and often shed them to be in position to make a play at the point of attack. Physical tackler who arrives with a thud and wraps his arms securely for the reliable take-down. Alert defender who gets his hands into passing lanes.

    High effort player who hustles down the line of scrimmage in an effort to make the play. Projects best as a five-technique defensive end.

    RD.6- Ross Cockrell, CB, (6'0", 192 lbs) Duke
    Cockrell is much more physical than he looks. He has a lean, wiry build but doesn't shy from getting physical at the line of scrimmage, wasting little time in pursuit or attacking blocks. He is a bit of an agitator in coverage, frequently tugging to impede receivers without fully extending to draw the flag. His awareness is an asset as Cockrell locates the ball and shows burst to close. Characterized as a coach on the field. He possesses quick hands and good timing to rip at the ball as it arrives, as indicated by the number of passes he's broken up (53) and intercepted (12) over his career. Intercepted a pass in the final moments of the East-West Shrine Game to seal the victory.

  18. By br on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    Coach K,
    I think OL wth #20 RT or someone that can play RG or RT over defensive depth if Martin/ND is still on the board i cant see the passing on him, if he is gone then Ford would be BPA but if that is the pick then cant see them going WR in rd #2 would think OL would be the direction other rds are for deoth only which is anybodys guess but looks pretty good, maybe a QB project in rd#5 maybe, hmmm……..Logan Thomas, where have i heard that name before?? LOL! Sorry I just think he is to good of an athlete to not take a shot molding him into QB of the future, if that dont work then he could be a super weapon especially in redzone. Thanks for hearing me out. : )

  19. By Hammy on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Darren based on our draft needs, do you think we will pick best player available for rounds 1-6? Or will we focus on need since we signed a few free agents? Also at this stage, is defensive players more important to draft than offensive players this year?

  20. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Hammy —

    RE: Draft

    The draft is always based on some sort of need. I would think defense is important.

  21. By Chuck 1 on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply


    You missed a name when you wrote “Tom (or Steve or Dave or whatever name you are using this time)”.

    He could be T. Stone.

  22. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Chuck 1 —

    RE: Name/T Stone

    Not this time. “Tom,” I know for a fact, has used all those other names. Why he keeps changing what he calls himself is beyond me.

  23. By br on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    He keeps changing his name because he has no spine he is one of those “internet tough guys” whose pic/profile says he is 6-5 with rippled muscles when in truth he s 5-3 and 270lbs of rolling fat who hasnt been able to look down and see his shriveled little penis in years, he gets his kicks out of being a keyboard “billy badass”! Hey Tom, or Bill, Larry, Mike, Joe or whatever the hell your name is today, i’m going to give you some free advice that i picked up while in the Marine Corps, Dont go away mad, just go the “f” away!!! Nobody cares what you have to say, Ernie or Burt or whatever your name is today, adios tough guy!

  24. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply


    I am always surprised when posters go off on you over your articles. But what did you do to make the Coach mad at you? Tom Moore seems like a nice old man and QB guru.

    Length at DE and OLB. Interesting term. He has length with Campbell, Shaughnessy, and Okefer, but I could see he needs more. At OLB Anthony Barr with long arms at 6’5″ fits the bill. Kony Ealy has length and burst. At DE, Stephan Tuitt is big, long and athletic.

  25. By ored on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    would be nice for someone to drop to us this year more so than in previous years, seeing as how we’re killing it in refreshing to see signings that make sense at reasonable terms.easy to understand the draft being the superbowl to scouts,not all that to the rest of us,but for sure a great time of expectations.

  26. By BeastMode on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    -Tom you should be ecstatic right now man. We’re on the verge of playing a Superbowl in Arizona!

    And Darren you ripped into that fool like Richard Sherman. But the real question is do you think the Cards could get James Harrison in a way that is similar to J. Abraham last year? Because he was a good situational pass rusher last year and the Card’s could use him like that.

  27. By Darren Urban on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Beast —

    RE: Harrison

    Harrison isn’t coming here. I think he’s done.

  28. By NJAzCardsFan on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Darren- Any substance to an article where Steelers S FA Ryan Clark might come here…???

    You know the culture of the Cards has changed for the positive when other FA’s have a desire to come here and play for the Cards. It has been a long time coming….

  29. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Clark

    I haven’t seen any article where Clark might come here.

  30. By djjackson81 on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    On the real I like Ford in the first with Hageman being a close second option if Ford wasn’t there. Maybe even Zach Martin or Lewan if they fell to 20.
    Round 2 I see Exum a CB/SS in the making. I do like Loston just because he is a pretty good covering SS plus a run support stuffer. Just because Cromartie is in on a 1 year deal don’t think for a second Keim won’t draft another lengthy cover corner for long term.

  31. By CreditCard on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Kudos to the Card organization, they are making brilliant moves. Mr. Bidwill wants to win, players want to come to AZ.

    I also like the concept of many coaches, mentoring players. Good things are happening

  32. By Louisville Card on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    @john the draft guy

    This has nothing to do with this post, but I wanted to know your thoughts on a few players in this draft. I think Pryor is a given if he is there in the first and Marcus Smith in the Second if he’s not gone…

    Do you like Jordan Matthews out of Vanderbilt? He broke all the SEC records with who at QB? He should be available in the 3rd and seems like a steal in the 3rd round…

    What do you think about Andre Williams in the 4th? Big and fast and probably a better version of Dwyer?

    Damien Copeland in the 5th…a bit of a homer draft I must say but Damien reminds me of ex-Carolina WR Steve Smith…deceptively fast and made all the big catches for Teddy Bridgewater…

  33. By andystandsup on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    The years go by yet the names remain the same – unless they don’t.

    A “Tom” by any other name would still smell as rank.
    Whether it be “UC”, “Casey”, “tRiGiiDy” or “georgiebird”.

  34. By Coach K on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    We had around 98 underclassmen declare for the draft this year This means there are going to be great athletes available in the first five rounds that could be starters. That is how deep this draft is. The Cardinals have an excellent opportunity to draft starting caliber players for sure in the first three rounds, and hopefully get lucky in rounds 4 thru 6.

    We are only 2-3 players away from having a superbowl caliber team. And those players could dome from this next draft.

  35. By T.stone on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Re Chuck,
    Tom Dan Whatever could be T stone? Nope. I am T.Stone. If I am going to give my opinion I put my name to it, and I am sure Darren gets to see the actual Email address attached, and its the one I used for the season tickets I have had since 94.

  36. By Canadian Redbird on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    The free agent signings have been exceptional and there is reason for optimism in the valley. Even though we have approx 4 mil left doesn’t mean that it has to be spent. I think that Winston should receive consideration if there was any move to be made, otherwise lets wait for the draft..
    As for the draft, there is only 3 realistic options that the Cards should consider at the 20 position DE Kony Ealy, SS Calvin Pryor or WR Brandon Cooks. You have to show confidence in those players that are coming off injury that have the potential to make an impact, those being Acho and Okafor.

  37. By Cards Season Ticket Holder on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    I know the Cards are probably trying to stay younger, but how about making Jared Allen a “reasonable” offer for a 2 year contract. He already lives here in Scottsdale. His wife would convince him to sign here. He could teach some younger players how to be a pros pro.
    Just a thought.

  38. By T.stone on Mar 21, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    How about that for an Idea, What about a Verified check mark for posters on this blog so they have to put their name to it.? Just like Twitter

  39. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    TStone —

    RE: Verified

    I actually would like that but I’m not sure how easily that is done. We’ve gone to Facebook commenting on regular articles. Then again, I rarely look at those and certainly don’t approve there. I approve all of these and if I get to a point where I feel someone is out of line, trolling and/or hiding behind fake info, I’ll just trash the comment before it sees the light of day.

  40. By shannon robinson on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    Now is a good time to take a deep breath and look at the Cards’ roster. Click on Team Roster and then click on ‘position’ and the Cards’ veterans are organized for us by position. A few things are obvious : Talley has been dropped as a free agent member of the Cards and we now only have two DE’s on the roster. Pretty clear that Mr. Keim will be drafting a DE. Winston is still listed which tells me he’ll be back June 1 when new money frees up. The only other unsigned free agent still listed on the team roster is Yeremiah Bell who very likely could be brought back on a veteran ‘camp contract’ to give leadership in the locker room as we prepare for the season – he’ll need to be on a team to be a viable alternative within the league when the season approaches. Is Bell going to be on the final roster? – probably not as it’s also obvious the Cards will draft a strong safety. Inside Linebacker depth is slim as D pointed out that Alexander may be a slow heal. Overall I say you could start the season with who we have now and our draft choices will be the cherry on top. Don’t forget this is a buyers’ market like maybe never before – the front office will still surprise us after the draft with some extraordinary athletes who need to find a home. The longer we wait the better the bargain on available veteran free agents.

  41. By Smack28 on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    One thing is for certain, this draft has a bunch of first round quality players that could be day one starters. If things stay true to form, I believe one need will be met with the first round pick. The question is, who will fall to us that fits the biggest need? I like FS HaHa Clinton-Dix; DE Kony Ealy; DE Dee Ford; or ILB CJ Mosely. Darren, do you think the Cardinals would use their first round pick on an ILB considering how unproven Minter is at that position, and does Mosely even fit the scheme that the Cardinals run on defense?

  42. By rimrockcard on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    Where does Keim go from here?…Disneyland ! there is but one path

  43. By Ryan on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    Can someone tell me why the Cards went after Dwyer instead of some of the other higher profile backs like Moreno or Blount? It seems Dwyer has had a very quiet NFL career, not showing up much statistics-wise. I really like Ellington, but something tells me he’s going to perform better when he’s not the #1 RB. We need a great 1-2 punch at RB this season, would be nice to have a more statistics-backed complement to Ellington

  44. By br on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    I believe Dwyer is going to get evey chance to prove he can carry the rock 12-15 times and be like a “mini featured” between the tackles downhill runner soort of like a option 1A. As will R Williams (i dont see both making the roster though believe one of them will be gone in final cuts, but just a gut feeling i have no real logic)

  45. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply


    The answer to your question is BA and company has said their offense will be run threw Ellington. He is their back regardless of what he is called. They also must be very comfortable with Taylor.

    Knowing that, would Blount or Moreno be happy with 3-6 carries a game? Do you want to pay one of those guys for 4 to 5 carries a game?

  46. By Cards Season Ticket Holder on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    I think Jason Avant from the Eagles is still a free agent. He would make a good addition to our receiving corps.
    Go Red Birds

  47. By Coach K on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    br, I know B.A. likes to take the top off defenses. The signing of Ted Ginn is going to give us an option, but Ginn is not blessed with great hands and body control. This is why I added Martavis Bryant in round two on my Mock. This receiver class is so deep, it wold be very hard to pass on a 6’4″ guy with 4.3 speed and the amazing body control of Bryant. He would not only give us another take the top off guy, but one with great body control and a huge wingspan. Yes, I would love to grab a right tackle with pick #52, but knowing how much BA loves to chuck that ball deep, I cannot see him and Keim passing up an elite speed receiver like Bryant. There will be solid tackles in round 3 like Bittonio and James we can get. But in round two, if an elite skill player falls, you have to take him. Bryant is “elite” and a game changer.

  48. By br on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    Coach k
    I have to eat crow on this one, the more I ponder Martavis Bryant ( and watch some clipsof him) the more I like the pick! Plus with me living on the coast here in North Caroolina I have seen to much of T.G. and know he loves to drop passes and not much of a route runner probably has lost a step over the yrs as well but when your as fast as he was that is neither here nor there, he can still get behind defenses pretty easily! Another thing that drives me bonkers may seem small issue to some but to me it makes a huge difference, he usually always carries the rock like a loaf of bread in one hand like he is palming a basketball which makes him prone to fumbles. I’am not a Panthers fan but they kind of force feed you Panthers, Panthers Panthers ( which the last few yrs was nice when the Cards had’em on the schedule!) Man that crow wasnt all that bad!!!! Ido hope however that your user name is not in reference to a certain weasel coach from Duke! If so you will have to be immediately removed from my Xmas card list!! LOL

  49. By Dr. G. on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren – Just wasted good time on some of this irrelevant nonsense… Most of your followers would be happy for you just to omit them from posting. I agree with you opinion of the 1st amendment, but your blog will be well served without it…. Let’s keep this mostly football and things somewhat related…. G’day…

  50. By NJAzCardsFan on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    Darren- Here is the link to the article about Clark I was referring to….

  51. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    Sorry Louisville card,

    Just saw your post. Thank you for asking. Well, here is my opinion.

    I think you are right that Pryor would be tough to pass on. Only if Barr, Ealy, or somehow Lewan or Bortles fell, maybe Gilbert also, do I not take Pryor.

    I do love the idea of taking a WR to learn and play behind Fitz. I think with the pending huge contract in 2015 and Floyd’s going into his last year in 2015, says hedge your bets.

    Mathews is a guy I have not seen much but at 6’3″ and 212, he has size and speed. He runs good patterns and would be a solid pick.

    I personally like Donte Moncrief more. He caught my eye at the combine and everything about him tells me star. Speed, size, great hands, runs good routes.
    I like this guy a lot.

    Not a fan of Andre Williams. Of course I see no need to take a RB. I like what we have and wouldn’t draft one. Well at least not before the 6th round.

    As for Copeland, short, small, slow. Not what I look for in wrs. If they run 4.5 plus, they need to be big, strong wrs ie Fitz, Boldin. At 174 pounds, you better be able to fly. I don’t think Copeland gets drafted.
    Just remember who is QB is. Sometimes QBs make wrs look much better than they are.

    If we came out of the draft with Pryer, Marcus Smith and Donte Moncrief, I would be happy.

  52. By LG on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    I love the idea of the article myself

  53. By Andy Kw on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    The Arizona Cardinals need to be smart with the remaining cap space they have left. We should not rush the process but instead be patient. The Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Nation probably want OT Eric Winston back at a reasonable cost. The Arizona Cardinals’ Strong Safety position is so thin and with such little cap space remaining that they have to draft one.

    -SS Chris Clemons will probably be a little expensive and he probably wants more cash than what we have available for him. But if he is willing to come here cheap, I am all for it.

    -I expect at least one more free agent signing whether it is before or after the 2014 NFL Draft.

  54. By Andy Kw on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    I would love FS Ryan Clark to come here. We would welcome you with open arms if the Cardinals consider him

  55. By Coach K on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    @john the draft guy

    Hey John, I love Jordan Mathews, but there is no way he makes it to the third round at pick #84. I think he will be gone before we pick at #52. That is why I felt Bryant would be there. I like Bryant’s deep speed even though he is not as polished as Mathews. I do think Dante Moncrief will be on the board at pick #84. He is built very similar to Fitz.

    I do think we need a young receiver with deep speed. Like I said before, Ginn is fast, but is only average as a receiver. If you combine Ginn’s speed with Fitz’s body control and hands, you get Montavis Bryant.

    At Fitz’s age, we have to consider a young deep threat to groom behind him.

  56. By LG on Mar 22, 2014 | Reply

    Yea I was thinking about ss Chris Clemons to. he is younger and rated the best free agent ss left but I think he will cost to much for us.

  57. By franz on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    a quarterback in the draft? why not a quarterback in the FA?

    mark sanchez as backup in competition with stanton for example?

  58. By asu96fan on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, what is up with OLBers? Are the 8 on the roster that bad?

    Matt Shaughnessy, John Abraham, Sam Acho, Lorenzo Alexander( oops )- is he still a CARD, Alex Okafor, Marcus Benard, Dan Giordano, Kenny Rowe, and Adrian Tracy.

    We need MORE help at ILB…D Wash, Kevin Minter, Kenny Demens, and maybe Lorenzo Alexander?

    That is screaming to me that we need ILBers more then OLBers.

    I would be looking at maybe even drafting 2 ILBers?…who is out there at ILB draft wise JTDG?

  59. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply


    ILB – you are right, an ILB is needed. And looking in the draft, it begins and ends with CJ Mosley, I also think OLB Ryan Shazer can become a very good 3-4 ILB.
    But we have two good , young ILBs. I do not think drafting one is the answer. I would look at bringing in a vet to back up the starters. Maybe a Will Witherspoon who can play some special teams and back up the LBs.


    I am more of a Tuitt fan than Hageman. Tuitt is more athletic, better burst. I see him filling the role behind Dockett and Campbell better than Hageman.


    Sanchez?? The cards require strong armed smart QBs. Sanchez doesn’t fit. Drafting a QB ? It could happen. Who falls? Is there a guy they love. I have seen fans yell for McCarrens to Logan Thomas, to Mettenberger. I love Blake Borles but he wont be there. We will have to see what Keim thinks.


    If you believe Dwyer can get 12-15 carries, you do not have faith in Taylor. Ellington will get his 15 touches a game. Not sure there are any more carries left. I think Taylor showed last year he can block, catch the ball out of the back field, and get those tough yards between the tackles.

  60. By br on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Think you may have misunderstood me or I was vague in my post ( probably the latter ) I have faith in Taylor he always seemed to give 110% at Stanford never seemed to go down on first contact always kept his legs churning, never ceased to amaze me thought he was an absolute steal in rd6. I just think BA brought in Dwyer to compete with Taylor to be the btwn the tackles feature back (from all i’ve read and heard from BA i’m under the impression that Ellington is not going to be every down workhorse
    back not built to be “that guy” the way i’m reading it is we will have a 3 headed monster backfield, all getting 12-15 carries wiith Ellington getting additional catches or even playing WR/SLOT, with Williams the odd man out.I do however think that D

  61. By br on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Sorry typing on my itty bitty phone and hit “post button accidentally happens quite abit in my neck of the woods! I’ need to get a phone with bigger dang screen.
    Anyway ithink Dwyer will be given every chance to make it a 2 headed monster with Taylor getting the 5-7 carries at least until Dwyer proves he cant be productive, or even them flip flopping depending on who is hot from ome game to the next. I personally like the 3 headed monster approach with a heavy dose of Ellington catching passes out of the backfield and split out wide.

  62. By cole on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Darren. What do you think of the cards drafting ebron if he makes it that far?

  63. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Cole —

    RE: Ebron

    I would be absolutely stunned if they took a tight end in the first round.

  64. By Dr. G. on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – Seems I read that you posted Keim was visiting Fresno…. That could only mean one thing, I think… Derek Carr would be the prospect there, huh? At least, that indicates that Keim is covering all the bases…

  65. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Fresno


  66. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Darren: your blog is en fuego. LOL three different times, way to go all…great to read all the “opinions” and criticisms.

    Darren, JTDG: Any “view” on where the strength of this draft lies? Heard strong on Receivers. looks like Cards are geared to draft 5 or 6 Defenders… and always an OL and TE….


  67. By kiedis98 on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    I know everyone is asking for a pass rusher of some kind for our first pick but wouldn’t it be nice to get a solid ready to start SS in the draft. I feel we have depth and role players at all positions on d except for SS. I don’t really know who the big prospects for SS are in the draft and where they are expecting to fall, can anyone answer this for me. Is there a starting caliber SS in this draft that is expected to drop after our pick at 20 and why arn’t we looking to fill that position first

  68. By Dr. G. on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – Fresno –

    Perhaps I read something wrong, but I thought Keim or a Scout went to Fresno to see this:

    Just in case Carr is there when the Cards are ready…. Thanks…

  69. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Keim

    I said Keim was headed to Florida for the owners meetings, but not Fresno.

  70. By ored on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    once you really look at the prospects it’s hard not to get excited,even if the 1st choice is gone,still easy to make a case for the next in line,fast becoming a fact of not enough picks,that makes each pick precious and should net us good players.

    been several times i’ve changed my mind and each new addittion causes more changes,it’s more than just the best player,but also the best combination.the o-line and now the secondary were HUGE,now just solve the TE problem,not on offense,i think that resolves itself with the veldheer signing,but on defense,even taking shazier,who has legit 4.4 speed and bracket him with a safety for TE coverage,gives us depth at lb and someone to blitz also.

  71. By Colt on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    IMHO I would get Winston and any bargain deals that can be made late in FA (maybe J Allen for the right price, contract, etc). The draft would be solid if we took clinton dix ( sounds like what keim values as far as abilities). 2nd round get either sutton or someone higher if their still on the board. 3rd get your QB in Mettenberger and from there on draft the LB’s CB’s of the possible future and whoever has the most potential for a dark horse comeback bid, with the upside as well. Im sure Keim has something a little better… WHICH MAKES ME SO HAPPY TO FINALLY SAY! Red birdz are with it!

  72. By Coach K on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t discount Dwyer. He has a low center of gravity and a burst of speed that will surprise you. He also has low mileage. Most important, he runs the rock like Jerome Bettis or Earl Campbell. Defenders don’t hit Dwyer…..HE HITS THEM FIRST. I can’t wait to see that bowling ball get rolling inside the tackles and then let Ellington change it up on the outside. Wow! That is going to be fun to watch.

  73. By Coach K on Mar 23, 2014 | Reply

    Here’s a little Jonathan Dwyer highlights to add some icing on the cake.

  74. By mdcards4life on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Good Morning Darren from Maryland, my question to you is Hypothetically; if we are only to choose between Dee Ford or Kony Ealy to bring pass rush pressure who would you take given both would be there?

    thanks darren

  75. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    mdcards —

    RE: Hypothetically

    Hypothetically, I have to admit, I don’t have a clue. I’d have to research the topic more.

  76. By Domenico on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Is Ryan Clark a option to bring in at safety????

  77. By Darren Urban on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Domenico —

    RE: Ryan Clark

    I would doubt it but I’d never say never.

  78. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply


    What a tough question !

    I think the top 3 tackles are better than last years top 3 tackles. There are several good guards and tackles further down.

    The pass rushers of Ealy, Barr, Mack and Clowney remind me of 2011 with Watt, Von Miller, Robert Quinn, Aldon Smith.

    Mack = Miller
    Ealy = Quinn
    Barr = Smith
    Watt and Clowney are in classes of themselves in different ways.

    I like the CBs better this year than last. I’m not sure about the safeties as I see two first rounders, 2-3 second rounders and then a drop off.

    But I think the WR market is really strong and maybe the deepest. I think that is why you didn’t see many wrs signed in FA on the first day. Sammy Watkins is a star and then you have the reliable Mr Lee from USC, The two monsters in Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin. Mr playmaker in Brandin Cooks, Moncrief, Adams, Robinson, Mattews, the list goes on. I mean a guy like Martavis Bryant may go in the 4th round.

    I like this group of WRs. I am a card fan thru and thru, but man would I love to be the GM of the rams. To snag Watkins at 2 and Mike Evans at 13 would be instant offense to go with the TEs they have and Tavon Austin from last year.

  79. By ChristianR on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    @Coach K

    From the full mock drafts I’ve seen, Loston rarely makes it past the 3rd round. What do you think about drafting him in the 3rd and getting a player like Max Bullough in the 4th? He has great instincts and technique, plus the strength to put up 30 reps on bench at the Combine.

    Just to note, Christian Jones doesn’t make it past the 3rd often either. Each of those positions are just too shallow this year for outstanding players to last long.

  80. By Coach K on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Christian, this draft is so deep, I could go for that. Get Loston in the third and the inside backer in the fourth. Max is a solid player. Makes sense to me, but our scouts I’m sure have their guys pegged and I trust Keim and his staff to have everyone on their big board by position and graded. This draft if so deep, we will get the players we need in the first four rounds. Round five and six, with a little luck, we land solid special teamers that can be developed into starters. And if we re real lucky, we get rotational players in rounds five and six who see the field on regular downs. I feel very confident, we will get the guys we need.

  81. By Coach K on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    Hey br, no worries. I’m not that coach K. my players called me coach K. The K is for Kevin. I coached 17 years in Arizona high school football and also published Prep Prospects, a national high school recruiting magazine for several years. So now you know why I like this blog so much. Very intelligent folks who really understand football and player evaluation. I’m very impressed with most of the posters on this blog. Darren is great.

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