After trade, Cards get OLB Golden in second round

Posted by Darren Urban on May 1, 2015 – 6:09 pm

The Cards got who they wanted plus an extra pick, selecting Missouri outside linebacker Markus Golden in the second round after a deal with the Ravens. Golden had 16.5 sacks the past two seasons with the Tigers, and will be put into the pass rushing mix quickly. The Cards obviously didn’t think as much of Eli Harold, the pass rusher still on the board who many thought would be a Cardinals’ target, but Golden was a guy who GM Steve Keim was talking about in the building first thing Friday morning, so he was clearly a target.

The Cardinals traded down to get an extra pick, sending pick No. 55 to Baltimore for the Ravens’ No. 58 pick plus a fifth-rounder. The Cards now have back-to-back picks in the fifth round and nine total picks in the draft. They still have their third-round pick later tonight.

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49 Responses to “After trade, Cards get OLB Golden in second round”

  1. By Guillermo Rabling on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Why not Randy Gregory

  2. By Guillermo Rabling on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Randy Gregory to the Cowboys! It sucks! Remember this pick keim…

  3. By jmay on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Steve Kiem seems to do a great job in free agency and the last half of the draft but he has not drafted well in the first two rounds since he got hired in my opinion.

  4. By jeffcardinalfan on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    yall will lluv this guy-can stop run as well as rush passer n he has not been busted 4 weed. now lets hope there is a rb in the 3rd rd

  5. By brinnc on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Ok now here we go!!! I think this guy is going to be better than Eli Harold as well.
    Played in the shadows of Ray and Sam beforecthat, always produces!!

    Anyone think Cardinals should take a chance on Gregory if he is still on the board later tonight in round 3?

    I think he would be a steal, contract would need to have huge team protections, but he would be one pissed off pass rusher, wreaking havoc!!! I think we should take a flyer on him if he is available in the 3rd! ! Afterall Dockett paid off, Honey Badger is paying off as well, both were first round talents who fell to us in the 3rd , and third time is the charm, right!!!!!

  6. By William Barry on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Wow….Cards fans, including me, have to be really happy with this second round OLB Markus Golden….he had the best 40 yard dash at the combine, and has a non stop motor, and loves to hit QB’s….Great, Great, pick…Ray Shane got all the press, but Markus Golden was the other player who made quite a few plays. His upside is very good. …and he is a quality player without the issues off the field. Cardinal fans, rejoice!!!!!

  7. By Ottis Anderson Fan on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Why not Randy Gregory? Darryl Washington, that’s why. We don’t need any more pot heads on this team who end up getting suspended and letting the team down. Keim is definitely a guy who values high-character and high-motor in his picks, and thank goodness for that.

  8. By CardinalChris on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Nice looking player but could have got this guy in round 3 or 4.

    165th rated overall player on CBS – Rob Rang’s board. Doesn’t make sense here.

    Eli Harold was available too – more athletic – played out of position at DE in college most of the time but decent value as 2nd round pass rusher. I like Golden too, but not a consensus 2nd round pick by any means.

  9. By Andy Kw on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    He needs to shed 10 pounds, get faster, and stronger. Once he does that, this pick would be a steal. But as for now, bad choice. He has no speed to go along with his potential. To bad.

  10. By SteveG on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    The GREATEST ability?


    Need a dude that you know will play 16 games a year (and playoffs!)

  11. By dane on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    I absolutely hate what we have done in the draft.. I hope i’m wrong.. i have trusted keim.. but he’s going to regret not taking Gregory… we need pass rush and this bum will not help us get to the QB! So upset at our draft picks so far.. our team is NOT better!

  12. By georgiebird on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Golden is a solid pick. Cards need guys in the mold of Dockett and Boldin and Golden seems to be that guy. Golden is a tough football player even though he might no be a glamorous one. Golden may have come off the board a little soon but he is a warrior- he brings a toughness to the team; something we don’t have right now.

  13. By bigcardfan on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Why would you want to give millions of dollars to some guy who can’t even clean up for the combine? Bad business there. Great pick!

  14. By Dr. G. on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    I just do not get this…trade down to pick a guy at #58 that is rated a 5th rounder. Coulda got him much later… We did some of this last year..defies explanation. I am feeling Keim and BA think they have some sense of clairvoyance. They don’t need to look at their hole cards…the baffling continues…

  15. By Brad on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    All reports I’m reading has this guy graded for 4th round or later, why not wait till 3rd round for him? I can’t see any sense reaching 2 rounds forward if that’s what they have done, even if he turns out to be an awesome player, still makes no sense to pick him in 2nd round when you can almost certainly get him in the 3rd

  16. By Steve . on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    William Barry-“He had the best 40 yd dash at the combine” That is not true, not even close. Do your homework next time, he ran a 4.90 and wasn’t considered a day 2 pick by most draft observers but a 4-5th rounds election. He fills a need yes but everything I have read about him says great effort player with limited athleticism. Keim knows more than me about football players but I think we reached for this player.

  17. By Tucson Card on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Violent run stopper/pass rusher. DD replacement? This guy seems to have a nasty attitude and be a good square up tackler. He’ll put in the work.

    BTW, for everyone calling for Randy Gregory , how much Nebraska football did you really watch this year? Ok, lets say you watched every game. What makes you think that Gregory will be more productive than Golden? Golden could be (and likely is) a total beast.

  18. By Big Ken on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    I like Golden, gritty and nasty.

  19. By draftguy on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    I need a new team to root for.. the cards just keep disappointing

  20. By Eric Fontana on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    William, I am not sure where you get your combine information, but he ran a 4.77, easily in the bottom half of OLBs in this draft. Most sites had him in the 4th or 5th round. I will not pretend to know more than Steve Kiem, but I can’t get excited about this pick. I will defer and hope. He does have a good motor, and is a leader, but this pick does not get me excited based information available to me as a fan.

  21. By Guillermo Rabling on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Gregory was considered a top ten guy

  22. By Areg on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    He was a backup to Micheal Sam.. only started his last year. This isnt my observations, these are observations from the qualified college coaches around him that decided for whatever reason he wasnt good enough until his senior year.

    And no he doesnt have the athletic ability of Harold to compensate for lack of experience.

    The Cards always seem to get a slow but powerful OLB.. Its clear that hasnt worked.
    And no i dont think gregory wouldve been a good pick. Maybe a good smoking partner for D-Wash though

  23. By Dynosoar on May 1, 2015 | Reply


    Serious question here, which teams do you feel have done the best in the draft after round 2? I’m trying to understand the draft better, hence the question.

  24. By brinnc on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    For all you saying rd 4 or rd 5 is where some so called expert has him rated, who do you trust more, some writer who has never played a down of football let alone ran a franchise, or our current front office and coaching staff who have brought us 10 & 11 victories over the last two seasons, and if not for massive amounts of injuries probably a Super Bowl victory!!! Or at the very least a trip (just down the street!) to play in the Super Bowl, this guy has been in the shadows of a remarkable Mizzou defense, and he has been constant production, not in the limelight, but not doing stupid stuff to get in the limelight!!! And not one toke away from suspension and another toke away from lifetime ban!!! This guy has a motor that wont quit!!! And folks, this is coming from a lifelong Illini lover and Mizzou hater!!! But not liking a team and having respect for that team and the awesome players they continue to produce is a very fine line!!! I respect the hell out of Gary Pinkel and what he has built at Missouri! !! I think a flyer on Gregory would have been sweet, but not in the 2nd round, 3rd round maybe, but any flyer earlier than that is to risky!!!
    Plus, everyone please go back and look at the first 2 rounds, a ton of players are being drafted earlier than projected, this guy is gone if we dont snag him when we did, plus we picked up another 5th rd pick which all die hard Cardinal fans know SK/BA and team will make the late round picks count!!! This guy is a FOOTBALL PLAYER, with a motor that wont quit and he gives 120% every play, also can play against the run, not just a situational pass rusher!!! Cant believe all these so called Cardinal fans who show up on here 3 or 4 nights a year and blast the Picks, you all need to keep in mind where this staff has taken the Cardinals in the last 3 years (2 seasons!!)
    Now hopefully Ajai/Boise St or Cobb/Minnesota are available in rd3 then our RB prayers are answered!!!

    On a side note, Colts getting CB J. Smith and Texans getting J Stron/ASU were awesome picks, cant believe Strong the WR from ASU lasting so long!!!

  25. By Wayne on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    After how bad we have been then two seasons of 10 wins and 11 wins, playoffs without a QB the last few games, awards for Kiem and Arians and now you want to find a new team to root for because you don’t care that player’s in the draft have off field issues, why tell us you need a new team, just do it and don’t let the door hit your arss on the way out, Monday day QB’s, after the last couple of years lets have some effen trust in our front office. At least if some of you had an opinion it would be great but no, just come on the site and whine like a freaking 49er fan. Believe it or not the Cardinals have gotten better with these 2 picks.

  26. By brinnc on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Only 9 more picks until we hopefully snag a RB!!! If Ajai/Boise St is there and we pass on him it will for sure test my limits being a Cardinal fan (over 40 yrs now!) may have to become a Jets fan, follow Todd Bowles to NY!!! LOL!! Hey other than a QB TB is building a division winner in his first year, of course the Jets did have about a TRILLION dollars to spend in free agency, but they do need a QB!! I truly believe Bowles can get the Jets into the playoffs on his defense alone!! But I will always be a lifelong Cardinal fanatic!!! Its in my blodd and I’ve been through to many down times not to be a Cardinal fanatic!!! BIRDGANG for Life!!!

  27. By Andy Kw on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    If he was a fourth round selection, we’d be going crazy excited but for him to be picked this early, I’m not buying it. We’ve been talking about adding speed to the LB position and we still don’t have any.

  28. By shian on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Randy Gregory will spend more time on the Commissioner’s exempt list than in the lineup. When all you have to do to be a 1st round pick is NOT get high for a month, and you can’t even do THAT you lack self discipline. No self discipline + NFL money and culture = suspensions up that ass. Have you not paid any attention to Daryl Washington? Same guy. Same problems.

  29. By John The Draft Guy on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Marcus Golden vs Michael Sam

    Both 6’2″ and 260 pounds.
    Golden ran a 4.90 and Sam ran a 4.91 at combine.
    At pro day, (long jump – a good way to see explosiveness) Golden jumped 9 ft 2 inches, Sam jumped 9 ft 5 inches.
    Both players benched the same 225 for 17 times.

    Sam’s scouting report – Plays hard — gives great effort and competes every down.
    Golden scouting report -Plays with toughness and is a fighter.

    Sam – Lacks burst and acceleration off the edge to get a step on blockers and finish
    Golden – Plodding, straight-line player. Lacks average get-off after the snap. Limited tackle range

    Did we just draft Michael Sam ?

  30. By Mark in Chandler on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Not exciting but not bad. A but of a reach. I had him mid 3rd not mid 2nd. Kind of in the Okafor mold. See all sorts of numbers in this thread for a 40 time. The time at the combine was 4.74 and 4.76. Not fast but not slow. Average. He does not have great bend in the hips but has good power/bull rush combinations and has a constant motor. For me the best motor of all the OLB. In short, not exciting but not sure there was a better option at the position. Sure felt like a position pick not a BPA pick.

  31. By Eric G on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Bye draftguy.

  32. By jeffcardinalfan on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    wow!! lots of dif opinions re golden..just remember NO ONE kniows how players will work out-brady pic no 199, ryan leaf pic no 2. b4 u get to down on golden watch his game tapes at mizzou. although he didn’t start until senior yr he was on the field 4 a lot of snaps his jr yr and some as a soph

  33. By John The Draft Guy on May 1, 2015 | Reply


    Bottom line, every team has their boards and come out of the draft thinking they have an A+ draft. If you ask the Rams, Niners, Seahawks, and Cards GMs, all would say they are happy.

    I also believe you need to see players on the field in their teams Offense/Defense to know truly if they fit that team. One team runs man coverage, another runs a cover two. Well they will view CBs differently. A cover 2 CB needs to be physical and tackle, a Man CB needs to cover and run. So, one teams player may not fit another team.

    So, when I look at what the cards should do, on defense, I am thinking about what Bowles would do. On offense, I look at what BA has done over his career.
    The same would apply with a Jeff Fisher team, or Carroll is seattle. The niners would be harder but I would rate them on overall talent.


    They took my favorite guy in the draft in Gurley and followed it up with two big, solid Olineman. Havenstein will be RT and Brown will move to guard to go with The 2nd overall pick last year, Robinson at LT and Stafford at the other guard.
    Fisher loved to play defense and run the ball with Eddie George in Tenn. Looks like he is doing the same in St Louis (and yes, Gurley is comparable to George)

    Just flat out got some good players. Armstead is a rookie version of CC. Tartt at safety pairs with Eric Reid to give them two thumpers. While Reid is very good in coverage, Tartt will have to prove he can cover. Eli Harold is a very good athlete. I thought he would go higher. Not a impact player, but a solid player.

    Jimmy Graham for a first rounder makes their draft an A, already. In round 3, I think Lockett is a very good player. Round two is a question mark with Clark. But they took Bruce Irvin when no one else would have in round one and it worked out.

    Humphries is a solid pick and I hope he starts this year. I think he is a good player and not a bad pick. No secret, I thought we should have traded up for Ray though.. Golden is a clone of Michael Sam. Do you remember Keim saying last year he wanted to get longer? Then he said he wants to get faster? then he takes a slow, short armed OLB. I don’t get it. In round 3, He hit it with David Johnson. this is the impact player we needed.

    That is my opinion of the NFC West draft so far. We will see how they pan out.

  34. By MarshM on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    It’s never a reach if he ends up being “The Guy”.

    Darren, any possibility this guy can play on the inside also?

  35. By Darren Urban on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    MarshM —

    RE: Golden

    I’m sure there is a chance he might on passing downs, but generally, he’ll be outside.

  36. By Ryan on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Not overly thrilled with the Cards Draft.. I find the choices mediocre so far at best.

  37. By Duane Spencer on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    I’m getting to like this pick…seems to be a rotational big-body run stuffer for the time being. All three picks so far seem to be over achievers, good character and all are described as “tough”. What’s not to like about that, we are in a very physical and nasty division, tough is good in our division. As far as the guys dumping on SK for the early picks, I defy anyone here to have a leg broken like Coopers was and come back at 100% immediately, much less play pro football on it. Niklas, injuries also. Drafts are graded correctly three years down the road.

  38. By Dave the confused Season Ticket Holder on May 1, 2015 | Reply

    Is he really any better than Sam Acho ?

    I ‘d rather had have Acho I think ….Confusing waste of pick here or roster spot blunder —1st rd was ok, 3rd rd good value, but you lost us here Keim…..It appeared there were better options frankly…

  39. By ored on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    glad for bowles,they are having a great draft…but they also get to pick early top ten.
    i think our picks will need some time to evaluate,but we also don’t need homeruns on everyone,good competition and rotational play for most with the occasional hidden gem works for now.maybe after this,the third year of keims rebuild,we can be more aggressive and trade up for a high percentage difference maker,by then most positions will be well stocked.

    passing thought,would have loved to pick up strong to one day follow in fitzs’ footsteps.but just the thought of having a top defense and now a real o-line will suffice(if just one year we stayed healthy and knuckleheads like d/wash would just glimpse the big picture,we actually could be hoisting the trophy.)sure does keep things exciting.

  40. By jerrytown on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    A few trolls in here (draftguy), but also some disconcerting comments from actual fans. To those of you bummed out because some writer, who has never played a down in his life, has a guy rated in the 4th round…you’re out of your minds. Every year there are guys who the media ranks highly but they end up slipping. They slide for a reason, and those are the guys people clamor over because they saw their name on a few mocks.

    Further, the guys who are bashing the picks probably know nothing about these players other than watching highlight videos on YouTube and reading a two paragraph write up on ESPN. It’s ridiculous. Keim knows what he is doing. Has he missed on a few picks? Really too early to say, but sure. What GM hits on EVERY pick though? Honestly, it’s hilarious reading these comments from know it all dudes who actually know nothing about X’s and O’s. I encourage the one guy to go find another team to root for. Pick a winner!

  41. By Darren Urban on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    jerrytown —

    RE: JTDG

    I don’t always agree with JTDG but I wouldn’t call him a troll.

  42. By Red c rider on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    @jerrytown, jtdg is no troll and has been part of the word from the birds blog community for very long time. On the other hand, I’ve not seen much of u. I agree with him, it was a reach. I will say this though, I was smh when Keim drafted some unknown Pitt state gorilla pipsqueak named John brown in the 3rd round. He was in some circles considered an UDFA…And if memory serves me right, and Darren Urban can confirm, the Red Sea was screaming bloody murder and practically calling for a congressional hearing. Turned out to be a great pick. I’m deferring for now even though I’m once again left SMH. Wish they would have paid the price to trade up and get Dupree. More draft picks are nice but a game changer is more valuable.

  43. By Red c rider on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Oops, I meant smh = scratching my head, not shaking it. Sorry.

  44. By Cactus jeff on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    The man who jumped on me when I correctly predicted Minter was a bust because he wasn’t long enough. The guy who came back with the long armed London Fletcher as a comparison to Minter, Now he says Golden isn’t long enough, good job JTDG. One wonders if Keim can learn?
    Oh by the way JTDG how is Cooper doing?
    How are all those “can’t keep weight on tackles” doing from 1st round of 2013?

    Analytics 1st
    Then look at tape and see if they can play 2nd

  45. By Dynosoar on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    Is JTDG the same as draftguy? From the “I need a new team to root for.. the cards just keep disappointing” I didn’t think he was. I thought it was someone tryong to sound like John

    Because John the Draft Guy is as diehard a Cardinals fan as they come.

    JTDG, are you draftguy? Man, you must’ve been really frustrated to have said the above if you are.

    By the way, thanks for you take on our Division. I also appreciated reading your “draft” pedigree. We have a few on this board who have training and skills in evaluating draft prospects.

    I was hoping, based on some of what I’d been reading (because every two paragraph write up is spot on) that we might get to see Sean Mannion up close and competing against Thomas. Well, we still might. It just won’t be on the practice field. Still, I’ll take what I see of our picks over Mannion any day.

    In the words of Dr. G. Be well my friends. Be well.

  46. By Dynosoar on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    I like Duane Spencers observations above.

    “All three picks so far seem to be over achievers, good character and all are described as “tough”. What’s not to like about that, we are in a very physical and nasty division, tough is good in our division.”

    Perhaps (and I don’t know, because he hasn’t told me, so perhaps) high moral character, a good locker room presence, potential for leadership and toughness are what makes someone BPA in Steve Keim’s books. And if they can play, I mean really play, then they are all home runs.

    Given what our division is doing in the pass rushing department this draft, I’m more and more confident getting a solid O-Line this year is critical and perhaps even super-critical.

    JTDG, I agree that getting Graham was an A grade for Seattle’s first round.

    I love that Bowles got not only a Defensive player but what many are calling arguably the best player in the draft. Glad we won’t face him this until the Super Bowl, if either of us get there.

  47. By John The Draft Guy on May 2, 2015 | Reply


    No, I am not “draft guy”. I always use the same name on every post.

    I have had season tickets for 24 years. I’ve watched a lot of 4-12 teams. A couple of picks would not cause me to stop being a fan.

    Cactus Jeff;

    Can you show me a post where I bashed you for Minter. I’m sure long time posters and Darren will remember I was a huge Jamie Collins fan and bashed Keim for his pick of Minter.

    Also, I agree guys need to have the measurables. But I was quoting SK/BA when they said let’s get longer and faster. Then picked a slow, short armed guy.

  48. By John The Draft Guy on May 2, 2015 | Reply


    Why can’t I be right?
    Anytime you want to go back, you could see the players I would pick the first two rounds before the draft, not after the picks. I would compare the guys I liked to any ones.

  49. By William Barry on May 2, 2015 | Reply

    I just saw our 5th round picks:

    Shacquille Riddick, DE, per SI, NFL issue: ” gets upfield quickly, shows consistent fight, Great Pro day numbers…..” just another defensive rushing piece that is added to the puzzle.!!!!!!

    JJ Nelson, WR, one of the fastest WR’s at the combine……we needed another speedster to add to our weapons….

    two good picks at round 5!!!!!

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