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Updated Apr 28, 2011 - 11:03 am

Analyst thinks Cardinals could trade down

In this Nov. 13, 2010 file photo, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) returns an interception against Louisiana-Monroe during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La. Peterson is a top prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft. AP Photo/Sean Gardner, File)

With the fifth pick in the NFL draft the Arizona Cardinals select … no one?

It may sound odd but that could be the case come early Thursday evening. ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter on the Sports 620 KTAR's Gambo and Ash show on Wednesday said the Cards could seriously consider trading down in the first round of the draft.

"When it comes down to it, Arizona is going to have a choice. They're going to have to decide whether to take Patrick Peterson, Blaine Gabbert or trade down," said Schefter.

The ESPN analyst believes Cam Newton will go number one to Carolina, Von Miller to Denver second, Marcell Dareus third to Buffalo and then A.J. Green to the Bengals fourth before the Cardinals pick.

Trading down may not be a bad idea. If players like Dareus, Miller and Green are off the board, the best value may be to deal the No. 5 pick and stockpile picks. The Cardinals aren't a team with the luxury of having only one hole to fill. They have numerous issues and having a plethora of draft picks could go a long way to addressing them.

Schefter believes the Cardinals at number five could be in a good position to swing a deal.

"If you want Patrick Peterson or Julio Jones in this draft, you have to come to Arizona's spot. Arizona is sitting in a pretty good position where it might be able to field some offers and if one is enticing and good enough, then the Cardinals could look to deal," said Schefter.

When the Cardinals are on the clock if one of the ‘surefire' impact players aren't available, if you believe Schefter, don't be surprised if they make a trade. Especially if a guy like Blaine Gabbert is still on the board and a team in desperate need of a quarterback offers a great deal.

However, with the Cardinals desperately needing a quarterback, passing on Gabbert might be risky.

"If Arizona passes on Gabbert, they're facing the prospect of facing him for the next ten years if he goes to San Francisco at number seven," said Schefter.

By tomorrow, these questions will all have been answered as we will finally know who the Cardinals will or won't select.


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