NFL Draft '14: Projecting the Arizona Cardinals' big board
They take a look at their own roster, they rank their needs, then build their board based on the talent available, how they fit into their team and how much of a need they will fill.
In terms of what the Cardinals' actual board looks like, we all will be guessing, but here is how I think the board may shake out. This is broken into tiers based on the players' talents -- meaning numbered rankings are not in play, but just the tiers the players will fall into.
These are 75 players that could be in play from round one to round four for the Cardinals. After that, things become all about finding the best players.
|Khalil Mack||Edge Rusher||Buffalo|
|Jadeveon Clowney||Edge Rusher||South Carolina|
|Jake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M|
|Mike Evans||WR||Texas A&M|
Hageman is the one player in the "elite" group who I could be off on as a "must pick" if he falls to 20. He technically could go into the options at 20 group, but I'm making a guess that Cardinals like him more than that.
|Kyle Van Noy||LB||BYU|
|Ryan Shazier||LB||Ohio State|
|Kyle Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||S||Alabama|
|Louis Nix III||DT||Notre Dame|
|Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State|
|Dee Ford||Edge Rusher||Auburn|
|Justin Gilbert||CB||Oklahoma State|
All the players that may be in play come draft day at No. 20. It will be interesting to see who is available and how the Cardinals prioritize.
Day 2 Gold
|Kareem Martin||DE||North Carolina|
|Xavier Su'a Filo||OG||UCLA|
|Deone Bucannon||S||Washington State|
|Eric Ebron||TE||North Carolina|
|Stephon Tuitt||DE||Notre Dame|
|Scott Crichton||DE||Oregon State|
|Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M|
|Brandin Cooks||WR||Oregon State|
|Bradley Roby||CB||Ohio State|
|DeMarcus Lawrence||Edge Rusher||Boise State|
|Weston Richburg||C||Colorado State|
|Jeremiah Attaochu||Edge Rusher||Georgia Tech|
|Billy Turner||OT||North Dakota State|
|Jace Amaro||TE||Texas Tech|
|Bruce Ellington||WR||South Carolina|
|Troy Niklas||TE||Notre Dame|
Guys that fit and fill a need in round two, just depends on if they are there.
Pull the trigger on Day 3 maybe find room on Day 2.
|Davante Adams||WR||Fresno State|
|Jack Mewhort||OT||Ohio State|
|Christian Jones||LB||Florida State|
|Carlos Hyde||RB||Ohio State|
|Laurent Duvernay-Tardif||OT||McGill (Canada)|
|Kelcy Quarles||DT||South Carolina|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||QB||Eastern Illinois|
|Rashaad Reynolds||CB||Oregon State|
|Charles Sims||RB||West Virginia|
|Logan Thomas||QB||Virginia Tech|
Once Day 2 is over, we'll come back around and pull the best names left and build a Day 3 board, and best available players for the Cardinals.
Seth Cox/TSHQ.co, Editor-in-chief of TSHQ.co
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