Arizona Cardinals

Posted April 05, 2012 @ 4:26 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Overview: The Cardinals’ 2012 draft-pick deck is not fully stacked, with the team having given up its second-round pick to the Eagles last offseason in the trade for QB Kevin Kolb. It did obtain an extra pick in the sixth round from the Redskins as compensation in the Tim Hightower trade, but that doesn’t offset losing a No. 2. However, things look a little different if you count the second-round pick last season, RB Ryan Williams, who has yet to strut his stuff after missing the entire 2011 campaign after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee in a preseason game. Williams could provide the offense with a major boost if he lives up to the considerable promise he was showing before his injury.

Need No. 1: Offensive right tackle

The Cardinals bolstered the right side of their offensive line with free-agent pickup Adam Snyder, who shapes up as the new right guard. But concerns linger at right tackle. Incumbent Brandon Keith is an injury-prone unrestricted free agent who might have worn out his welcome. The team could draft a stud OLT prospect in the first round and move recently re-signed Levi Brown to the right side. Whether it does that or not, there is still a glaring need for more depth at both the tackle and guard positions.

Need No. 2: Outside linebacker

While new coordinator Ray Horton’s defense made great strides as the season wore on, the unit could still use another outside pass rusher or two. Both Sam Acho, a fourth-round rookie last season, and O’Brien Schofield, who will be entering his third season, made steady progress last season at outside linebacker, particularly Acho. But Clark Haggans is a 35-year-old free agent, and linebackers who bring pressure off the edge are coveted in Horton’s “Steelers West” system.

Need No. 3: Wide receiver

The Cards’ WR corps looks rock-solid at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, which are manned by superstar Larry Fitzgerald and recently re-signed Early Doucet, respectively. But the offense could really use a consistently productive No. 2 wideout to complement Fitzgerald, as Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston did before signing elsewhere. Current No. 2 WR Andre Roberts has had his moments, but he remains a very unproven commodity.