Adrian Wilson gets a job for draft

Posted by Darren Urban on April 23, 2015 – 9:53 am

Former safety Adrian Wilson, who retired earlier this week, will indeed have a job for the Cardinals on draft weekend. No, he hasn’t accepted a role in the front office. (Not yet, anyway.) But he will be among an impressive group of former NFL stars on hand at the draft in Chicago to announce their former team’s second-round picks on Friday night.

Friday’s second and third round of the draft begins at 4 p.m. Arizona time.

This continues a theme of the last couple of years, having former players announce selections. This is the fifth year of the program. The Cardinals currently hold the the 55th overall selection (23rd in the second round), although you never know what can happen with GM Steve Keim’s potential wheeling and dealing.

Wilson, meanwhile, is expected at some point to join the organization in some capacity. He is close with Keim, with a relationship that dates back to Wilson’s freshman year at North Carolina State. While I don’t see him as a full-time coach, I could see Wilson helping with the defensive backs, and/or helping the front office in scouting or personnel. Wilson wasn’t committing to anything yet.

“I kind of want to take my time on that,” Wilson said. Monday. “There’s really no set timeframe in answering that question.”


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23 Responses to “Adrian Wilson gets a job for draft”

  1. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    Noticed many mock drafts loaded at top with OLB. Any thoughts on taking a DE with versatility if we can’t get a top outside speed guy? SF has had two high production sack guys that weren’t speed guys, more power and athleticism… an NFL network mock last night had us doing just that in round 1…

  2. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    LB Larry Foote said he’s 50-50 between playing or coaching next year. Said it depends on draft, his health, Daryl Washington situation.

    Guessing Greg Hardy suspension makes for pessimistic DWash result?

  3. By Rich White on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    What if we trade our #2 to Minn. for AP on draft day? Would AW announce our third round pick?

  4. By Dr. G. on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    RichWhite…I’m guessing Wilson would go to the podium and announce what you just posted…

  5. By D on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    I see Keim moving back again this year in the first round. Dupree, a pass rusher will be gone, doubtful they draft M. Gordon if available….If they can move down a few spots, they still can take a very good CB at bottom of round 1, then draft RB/Pass rushers and either DL or WR with a 2nd round pick and 2, 3rd round picks…

  6. By Andy Kw on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    It would be amazing to see Adrian Wilson announce our 2nd or 3rd RD pick.
    -If Shane Ray does drop to #24, then let’s draft him. He is a pass rusher with probably the highest motor in the draft. He runs a 4.64 40yd dash and bench presses 21. He is a proven pass rusher and there is no doubt he would address our pass rush concerns but that foot injury seems to worry many NFL Teams. If he falls, then we will see.
    My second option would probably be Eli Harold. Ran a 4.6 40yd dash and bench pressed 24. He is much longer than Ray and does have a nice resume in terms of sacks. He can drop back into coverage and basically can do it all.
    Let’s pass on Randy Gregory just because of his off the field concerns. His weight does not help the situation if he already expressed struggles in maintaining the proper weight for the position.
    How do you fail a drug test before being tested by the NFL?

  7. By JC_AZ on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    I would trade Floyd straight up for AP (or if necessary a 4th rd pick), then draft Jaelen Strong as his replacement… I see Strong as Fitz II with speed… then it is easier to draft BPA for 2, 3, 5, 6 and Mr Irrelevnt

  8. By Frank Abel on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    We love this man.

  9. By Big Ken on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    Hum. Can Floyd be traded?

  10. By Mr Robles on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    So whats going on with DWash, any word yet?

  11. By Mr Robles on Apr 23, 2015 | Reply

    Hey Darren are you going to release a Mock Draft?

  12. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply

    Mr. Robles —

    RE: Mock

    Nah. I got out of the mock world a few years ago. I was bad at it, and there are so many others to choose from.

  13. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply

    JC AZ,

    If that was possible, it would be a dream come true. Heck I’d give Floyd and a 3 for AP and then take Strong. (love Jaelan Strong)

    Funny, people want to give thumbs down on the AP trade but Larry Fitz would love to have AP here. His comments yesterday had NFL network buzzing about AP to Arizona.

    As they put it, In a Bruce Arians offense, AP would fit perfect. Teams would have to load the box to stop AP and then BA would take his deep shots. Look for John Brown to go double digits in TDs if AP comes to AZ.
    If the safeties back off, AP has a field day

    Got to agree. It would be our answer to Jimmy Graham.

  14. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: AP

    I think it’s hard to find someone that wouldn’t like AP on their team, including me, if this was all in a vacuum. But it’s not.

    And of course Fitz wants him. Fitz’s window is different. It’s like Romo talking to Stephen Jones on the bus about keeping DeMarco Murray — Romo knew Stephen Jones and Jason Garrett have long view, while he and Jerry Jones have a lot shorter time to get this done.

  15. By Richard L on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply


    Who thought it was good idea to put a 26 second Aaron Rodgers commercial for State Farm on CardsTV? Is everything for sale. Tell them to send that back to Lambeau.

  16. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply

    Richard L —

    RE: Commercial

    Videos provided by the league are going to have league commercials.

  17. By Richard L on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply


    Did you see that ESPN was analyzing the Dallas defense against the Cards yesterday and the announcer kept pointing out how the OL manhandled them. Jared Veldheer was a beast. Are there plans in place to get him recognition around the league? Pro Bowl? Jared and Lupati are going to dominate this year.

  18. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply

    Richard L —

    RE: Veldheer

    Not sure how you get him recognition. Either people do or they don’t.

  19. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply


    Oh I understand about windows.

    IMO, every coach has a window also. Whiz’s window closed as soon as Warner left. Better win or your window could close quickly.

    With no true starting QB behind Palmer, I would say Fitz, Palmer, BA and any card over 30 has a window open right now to win. That window is about 2 years (2015 and 2016)

    Because of that, I think the desire to get AP is there.

    When Palmer retires, the window sure gets cloudy , wouldn’t you say?

    As for Murrey, different story. Sure Romo wanted him. But he was healthy 1 year out of 4. To me, it was more about risk than anything else. Especially after investing 3 first rounders into Olineman, there has to be a thought we can get this production from another back. Romo wanted him but it wasn’t logical.

    On the other hand, the cards have nothing to point at in the way of running the ball. To get to that next level, they need to run the ball better. Logically, getting AP fixes that issue. Especially since the team we are chasing (seahawks) got a whole lot better with Graham.

    I think it makes sense so much, it is almost stupid if this trade does not happen. But as you and many have said in the past, it takes two to make a trade happen.

  20. By Darren Urban on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Windows

    Coaches have windows. GM windows tend to be longer. And Keim has repeatedly said he’s striving for sustained success. To me, unless Peterson suddenly is playing for 5 or 6 a year, that can’t be accomplished with AP. Not at his age. Not with the cap maneuvering that would likely kill them if not 2016, then 2017. Beyond Palmer is scary right now, yes. But even going all-in means nothing. The Broncos haven’t won anything the past couple of years, and they certainly went all in last year.

    Again, this is moot. The Vikings aren’t going to trade him, or if they did, it would take way too much.

  21. By Coach K on Apr 24, 2015 | Reply


    No worries about the QB position John, we have Logan Thomas. WooooHoooo


  22. By ored on Apr 25, 2015 | Reply

    sometimes it gets hard to define too much…if we could end up with AP,eli 1st round,and strong 2nd round-give up floyd and a high pick next year,i’m happy.
    even if we had to give up next years 1st,i still remember trying to cope with the levi pick for what seemed endlessly hoping to salvage value from from that scenario.

    just seems more a well defined risk that simply works or not,nothing guaranteed…but if it works,so many bad memories instantly erased.

    our recieving corps stays strong either way,we’ve already improved the oline so the running game improves either way,,.we only risk a high draft pick…those are a risk anyway…been there,done that…i think even if it does’nt work for whatever reason,Keim and Co.minimize damage and we move on.

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