Only the truth(?): Highlights from a draft presser

Posted by Darren Urban on May 1, 2014 – 12:20 pm

You have to hand it to GM Steve Keim and coach Bruce Arians, who managed to make a 30-minute pre-draft press conference entertaining considering that no real news can come out of it. As willing as both are to interact with the media, no secrets are coming out. But that doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun with it.

“Everything you hear this time of year is the furthest thing from the truth. Except from us two,” Keim deadpanned.

And as far as mock drafts go, Arians — who smiled and said he read ’em all — was blunt: “They make for banter and chatter and good bar talk, but there isn’t much reality to it.”

As far as the other quick-hit highlights (I’ll post a story later today on the homepage):

— Keim wouldn’t rule out trading up but made it clear trading down made much more sense. Keim wants to have more than the six draft picks the Cards already have. It’ll be wait-and-see if that can happen.

— Keim said coaches and scouts have already reached out to some players who may not get drafted, to try and sell them on the idea of the Cardinals as a good fit and signing in Arizona as an undrafted free agent. That’s interesting, since the draft itself will alter the roster landscape.

— Neither would rule out drafting a quarterback, although Arians acknowledged it’s tough to have a first-round pick sit. There are quarterbacks they like. No, they wouldn’t say who. (At one point, Arians was asked how many QBs they would take in the first round. “Ten,” Arians said with a grin.) But taking a guy later? That sounded less promising as Arians talked about how many holes are in the games of QBs that last that long. “To think you’re going to draft (a QB) in the third round and he’s going to beat out (third-stringer) Ryan Lindley, that’s tough to do.”

— Arians said the potential suspension of Daryl Washington would not change how the Cards make their picks.

— The Cardinals finished their “120” board this morning, the list on which the Cards will make their draft selections. The powers-that-be will run through a bunch of mock draft scenarios Tuesday in order to try and get a sense of the many ways the first round can go.

— Keim said Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier can play inside or outside, and in regard to Shazier’s smaller size, noted that he was similar to the 49ers’ Patrick Willis and bigger than Navarro Bowman.

— He said ASU’s Will Sutton is more of a 4-3 under tackle.

— Keim said there are “four to five” safeties at the top of the list. After that there is a dropoff to guys who may or may not be able to start in the NFL at some point.

— Arians was impressed with Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas’ arm strength. He hesitated slightly when asked if Thomas’ future position is QB. “He thinks so,” Arians said.

— Keim on Johnny Manziel: “He’s one of the few guys this year when you are evaluating players where you want to get a big Coke and a popcorn box, put your feet up and it’s fun to watch. … There are not many guys who have come out with his skill-set. He’s a polarizing figure.”


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18 Responses to “Only the truth(?): Highlights from a draft presser”

  1. By K-Dub on May 1, 2014 | Reply


    I take it that this draft will be the last images shown on the video screen in the stadium? That said will the new screens be up and running in time for Fan Fest?

  2. By Darren Urban on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    RE: Video screens

    They should be in place for Fan Fest, yes. That is my understanding.

  3. By Andy Kw on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    The 2014 NFL Draft is almost here!!!!!!!! This is really all I care about. WIth the 52nd Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select SS Deone Bucannon, Washington State.

  4. By D on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    Hope all that smoke doesn’t hurt your lungs Darren..

    If I am R. Lindley I would be looking for an out in my lease.

    No one will know who will be on the board or who will be calling when the Cards are on the clock..I would love to say move down but it takes two and I would think they wouldn’t want to move past SF (if SF had not moved up yet?…hate to see a possible good pass rusher slip pass AZ going to SF to be a pain in the neck for Palmer..
    SF main three areas would be Corner, WR and Pass Rusher (thanks to A. Smith)

    I just hope thier pick is done before 9pm..

  5. By clssylssy on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    iIt’s refreshing to keep things light this time of year. Not much more to say of relevance. Interesting comment by BA about Johnny Football but I am a believer that it is more about the franchise and coaches than it is so much about the rookie and even the best college hot shot will be only as good as the people around him in the NFL…we have seen this SO many times through the years. Likewise, same goes for winning the big games where it comes down to the signal caller as much as the talent you have executing the plays which we witnessed in the battle between BA and Pete Carroll!

  6. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    Darren: Obviously, an HD screen would be more costly if were much larger and at north end, but with that noted: any info on why the HD screen is at south end but larger expanded (apparently non HD) screen at north end? Just how “HD” is the south screen? Many home “HD” tvs are 1080p but new SUPER HD tvs now 4x the resolution of this standard. Any specs on them? did SB Comittee or League have input on decison/choice of location? Any info on when wifi wil be completed? Michael seemed to say, at tail gate party, before season starts? thx. DTL

  7. By Darren Urban on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    DTL —

    RE: Video board choices

    I’ll be honest, I don’t have any details on what was decided or how it was decided.

    I do expect the WiFi to be upgraded in time for the season.

  8. By Jay on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    Darren? The draft party inside the stadium is the grass gonna be out or hard concrete floor?? Im in a wheel chair and was wondering. Thanks.

  9. By Darren Urban on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    Jay —

    RE: Draft party

    It’ll be the concrete floor.

  10. By grabling on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    They will draft shazier

  11. By Coach K on May 1, 2014 | Reply

    B.A. was joking about all the mock drafts that have the Cardinals drafting needs, when Keim all along has been focused on best available player regardless of position. Well, if all the mocks are correct, then from what I can see on the board at pick #20, the best available athlete remaining on the board could be Kyle Fuller, the corner from Va. Tech.

    I’m talking about pure impact athlete that could be on the board at pick #20 assuming all the big graded names are gone.

  12. By Big Ken on May 2, 2014 | Reply

    I’d love to get a look at that ‘120 Board’ of theirs. Top secret stuff!

  13. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on May 2, 2014 | Reply

    Thx Darren: I’ll google it over time, gotta be specs and promo coming on those bad boy boards/wifi with SB on deck. Its kind of a big deal for fan experience. Bidwill was rightly proud.

  14. By ored on May 2, 2014 | Reply

    i’m hoping shazier also,but will not be disappointed with whoever,we will get to pick from good players rnd 1-3,and then look for the surprises 4-6.with the team finally coming together last year with new coaches,etc.,free agents,players now healthy,it will seem like alot more than 6 ticks.just veldheer and cromartie are reason to be jazzed.maybe ellington and williams get a chance to cause match up headaches,and not to forget ginns speed,gotta love the potential.

  15. By Hammy on May 2, 2014 | Reply

    Keim said it last year that he believes drafting a quarterback every year until finding the ONE. Palmer is not the ONE. He is 35 years old and not as mobile to avoid the rush. I’d say draft AJ McCarron with the 20th pick. Reason being is that he is a proven winner that knows how to run a pro style offense. If we dont trade back to pick him, he will not be there by time we pick in 2nd round. If not Aj then I’d like to see us select a RG or RT.

  16. By ak24 on May 2, 2014 | Reply

    One of three players I really want to see drop: Haha, Pryor, or Anthony Barr. If all three are gone and we can’t move back a little, then I think we have to pick Kyle Fuller. Ya, cb isn’t our greatest need this year, but sticking to bpa for me. Watch this guys tape if you haven’t, he has the best feel for the game I’ve seen in a long time from a cb. Mayock even moved him up to #1 cb.

    If we miss on one of the top safeties, I like Antone Exum also from VT to move to safety. Now I sound like a huge VT fan…

  17. By Coach K on May 3, 2014 | Reply


    1. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio St
    2. JuWuan James, OT, Tenn.
    3. Kareem Martin, DE, UNC
    4. Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
    5. Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor
    6. Jeff Janis, WR, Sag. Valley

    If the Cards were fortunate to have these players from my wish list fall
    in these rounds, I’m buying SuperBowl tickets on May 11th.

    It’s fun to make a wish. No more mocks. Just a wish list.

  18. By ored on May 3, 2014 | Reply

    i like fuller also,but we won’t need another db until cro leaves,i like the idea of a big db to play some safety and cb if we need him,that and get a speedy linebacker to help with TE covers should help make our secondary a landmine field for opposing qbs.if we continue to strengthen weak areas(o-line and TE coverage) do we then call our nest THE BIRDCAGE?

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