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NFL Draft '14: Projecting the Arizona Cardinals' big board

When the Arizona Cardinals built their 2014 NFL Draft big board, they did so with certain information in mind.

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.

The Elites

Khalil MackEdge RusherBuffalo
Jadeveon ClowneyEdge RusherSouth Carolina
Jake MatthewsOTTexas A&M
Greg RobinsonOTAuburn
Ra'Shede HagemanDTMinnesota
Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
Aaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
Mike EvansWRTexas 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.

The Fits

Kyle Van NoyLBBYU
Anthony BarrLBUCLA
Ryan ShazierLBOhio State
Taylor LewanOTMichigan
Kyle FullerCBVirginia Tech
Jason VerrettCBTCU
Morgan MosesOTVirginia
Ha Ha Clinton-DixSAlabama
Louis Nix IIIDTNotre Dame
C.J. MosleyLBAlabama
Darqueze DennardCBMichigan State
Dee FordEdge RusherAuburn
Justin GilbertCBOklahoma State
Kony EalyDEMissouri

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 MartinDENorth Carolina
Xavier Su'a FiloOGUCLA
Deone BucannonSWashington State
Phillip GainesCBRice
Eric EbronTENorth Carolina
Stephon TuittDENotre Dame
Scott CrichtonDEOregon State
Blake BortlesQBUCF
Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
Brandin CooksWROregon State
Bradley RobyCBOhio State
Ja'Wuan JamesOTTennessee
C.J. FiedorowiczTEIowa
DeMarcus LawrenceEdge RusherBoise State
Weston RichburgCColorado State
Jeremiah AttaochuEdge RusherGeorgia Tech
Billy TurnerOTNorth Dakota State
Jace AmaroTETexas Tech
Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
Joel BitonioOLNevada
Jarvis LandryWRLSU
Dominique EasleyDTFlorida
Cyrus KouandjioOTAlabama
Troy NiklasTENotre 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.

A.J. McCarronQBAlabama
Davante AdamsWRFresno State
Jack MewhortOTOhio State
Paul RichardsonWRColorado
Christian JonesLBFlorida State
Carlos HydeRBOhio State
Laurent Duvernay-TardifOTMcGill (Canada)
Pierre DesirCBLindenwood
Kelcy QuarlesDTSouth Carolina
Jimmy GaroppoloQBEastern Illinois
Marcus SmithDELouisville
Trent MurphyOLBStanford
Cyril RichardsonOGBaylor
Martavis BryantWRClemson
Rashaad ReynoldsCBOregon State
Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
Donte MoncriefWRMississippi
Charles SimsRBWest Virginia
David YankeyOGStanford
Ego FergusonOGLSU
Chris SmithDEArkansas
Jordan TrippOLBMontana
Bashaud BreelandCBClemson
Stanley Jean-BaptisteCBNebraska
Dexter McDougleCBMaryland
Dion BaileySUSC
Ahmad DixonSBaylor
Logan ThomasQBVirginia 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.

About the Author

Husband, father, Editor in Chief and owner of and roving draft analyst wherever people will have me. Nights are spent watching college kids in pads, taking notes and talking on Twitter.


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