Doing homework and hoping for the right decisions

Posted by Darren Urban on June 4, 2012 – 2:40 pm

When the Cardinals selected Michael Floyd with their first-round pick, one of the most impressive things about the rookie wide receiver was his willingness to address his past, which included a DUI arrest in college. The team vetted the young man thoroughly, and his work habits have been nothing but sterling since he arrived.

“He’s worked hard,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said the other day, noting that Floyd didn’t even want to sit out last week when a quad issue led the team to tell him to take it easy. “That’s one of the things we liked about him.”

But — and I haven’t talked to anyone in the organization about this — there had to be a little feeling about “there-but-by-the-grace-of-God-go-I” vibe when it came out that the first receiver taken in the draft, Jacksonville’s Justin Blackmon, was arrested for a DUI. Blackmon, who also had a DUI in college, faces a possible suspension and at the very least, has a cloud over his head already.

That’s the thing about the draft, or about any of the players that end up on a roster. They aren’t robots. They are people who can be immature, or do dumb things, or just not work out as expected. The Cards work hard to chase players with the right character, but you also have to make sure you collect talent. It’s not always easy to mesh such things. There are no real parallels between Blackmon and Floyd, other than they play the same position. But obviously, the Cards are counting on their guy to work out well and make all the right choices.


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A chance to mock

Posted by Darren Urban on April 25, 2012 – 5:00 pm

Here it is, the long-awaited-and-yet-not-any-more-likely-to-be-anything-but-mocked mock draft from yours truly. To be clear, I have not sat back and broken down hours of tape nor do I know what’s on anybody’s draft boards, including the Cards. This is about making educated guesses, which as we all know when it comes to the draft usually means little. It doesn’t include any trades, which would/could blow it up quickly (although as I write this comes the rumor the Bills are willing to trade from 10 to 3 to get T Matt Kalil; If I am the Vikings, you better be sure you like a guy at 10. You don’t want to give up a potential stud just for a draft pick.)

In my mock, the Cardinals ended up with tackle Riley Reiff. By the time the Cards picked in my virtual world, the top two receivers (Blackmon and Floyd) are both gone and so is the guy likely considered the best potential 3-4 pass-rusher (Melvin Ingram.) I have guard David DeCastro falling all the way into the 20s.I feel confident I have hit on my slots for Luck and Griffin, however.

The best part of my mock? That it is done, which means we are about 24 hours away from the real draft and no longer have to speculate and instead actually see actual draft picks being made.


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