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University of Phoenix Stadium Getting Ungraded

April 22nd, 2014 at 4:54 AM
By Steve Smith

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The next Super Bowl is coming to town so the University of Arizona Stadium is getting a little bit of a face lift.

The UOA stadium in Glendale is having their video boards upgraded at a cost of $10.8 million, with the Arizona Cardinals fronting that cost.

According to azcentral.com, over the next seven years, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA), the stadium's owner and operator, will repay 75 percent of that, or about $8.1 million. The Cardinals are covering the entire $8 million cost of upgrading the wireless system. The stadium turns 8 years old this summer, which is a long time in stadium years.

"There are a lot of aspects of the stadium that will need some attention," said Tom Sadler, the president and CEO of the AZSTA via azcentral.com. "We need to continue to be on the leading edge of creating a world-class experience for our fans. You look around the country, there is an expectation of having a certain level of technology in your stadium that creates that experience."

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Red Birds Draft Preview: Calvin Pryor, Safety

April 21st, 2014 at 4:51 AM
By Steve Smith

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It's almost time.

With Tyrann Mathieu currently recovering from ACL and LCL surgery, the Arizona Cardinals could use more help at the safety position.

The Red Birds will be drafting 20th overall in this year's NFL Draft. Let's take a look at a player that may be available to them when they are officially on the clock.

That player is free safety Calvin Pryor of the University of Louisville. Here is his updated scouting report via cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: A prototype body type with good anticipation and explosive closing speed. Reliable open-field tackler and intimidating presence. Lowers his shoulder on impact to create collisions in run support and when protecting the middle of the field in coverage. Good vision and spatial awareness to slip amongst the mass of humanity near the line of scrimmage to locate the ball. Shows no desire for self-preservation when taking on blockers, dropping to take them out at the knees and often is able to take out the ballcarrier. Very good ball skills. Can extend and pluck outside of his frame and shows excellent awareness to get his feet inbounds.

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Red Birds Draft Preview: Kony Ealy, Defensive End

April 20th, 2014 at 6:39 AM
By Steve Smith

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Happy Easter everyone!

The Arizona Cardinals will select 20th overall in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft on May 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Let's take a look at the profile of one of the players that may be available to them at that pick: DE Kony Ealy of the University of Missouri.

Ealy is 6-foot-4 and weighs 273 pounds. Let's take a look at his updated scouting profile via nfl.com:

STRENGTHS: Ealy's athleticism really jumps off the tape. Operating mostly at RDE for the Tigers, Ealy shows good initial quickness off the snap to force right tackles into respecting his speed rush, but saw time all over the defensive line and even as a stand-up linebacker. He has a quick spin move back to the inside to complement his speed and has developing pass-rush technique, including an over-arm swim and a power slap. Perhaps best of all, Ealy possesses the flexibility to turn the corner efficiently and closes quickly, demonstrating the ability to rip the ball free from the quarterback with a powerful chop or with an explosive collision. Impressive straight-line acceleration for a man of his size. Good recognition to get his hands into passing lanes when he can't get to the quarterback. Times his leap well and long arms and good hand-eye coordination. Undeniable upside.

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Red Birds Draft Preview: Ra’Shede Hageman, DL

April 19th, 2014 at 5:22 AM
By Steve Smith

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The Arizona Cardinals will have an interesting pick to make with the 20th overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft in May.

It's just three weeks away now.

Let's take a look at the profile of one of the players that may be available to them at that pick: DL Ra'Shede Hageman of the University of Minnesota.

Hageman is 6-foot-6 and weighs 310 pounds. Here is a look at his updated profile via nfl.com:

Strengths: Very long and well-proportioned. Intriguing height-weight-speed ratio and natural athleticism. Flashes the ability explode off the ball, jolt blockers and disrupt the backfield. Terrific movement, flexibility and range. Loose ankles. Can work the edges. Able to redirect and chase athletically. Fierce tackler. Rare leaping ability for his size (workout all-star). Disrupts passing lanes. Has a "wow" factor at his best. Has immense upside. Team captain.

Weaknesses: Wide gap between physical ability and performance on tape. Green eyes, instincts and understanding of blocking schemes. Motor idles. Too often lets his pads rise and exposes his frame. Does not play to his length. On skates vs. double teams. Hand use needs work. Unsophisticated counters and pass-rush moves. Aimless pass rusher in need of a plan. Minimal, inflated sack production. Still learning to convert speed to power. Does not dominate single blocking. Needs more glass in his diet. Could require simple assignments. Motivation and coachability should be examined more closely. Will be 24-year-old rookie. Has a glaring bust factor.

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Arizona Cardinals 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Demarcus Lawrence, DE

April 18th, 2014 at 5:55 AM
By Steve Smith

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We have been previewing players the Arizona Cardinals may select in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft next month for a few weeks now – it''s time for another player. The Red Birds select 20th overall in the first round.

Today's player is defensive end Demarcus Lawrence of Boise State. The junior is a native of Aiken, SC and stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 251 pounds.

Let's take a look at his profile via cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: Possesses broad shoulders, long arms and a lanky frame, overall, which appears capable of adding another 10 pounds of muscle. Highly versatile defender asked to play a variety of roles with the Broncos. Shows good (not great) initial quickness off the snap to penetrate off the edge or between gaps. Quick, active hands. Varied pass rush technique, including an over-arm swim, rip, club and even an occasional spin move. Surprisingly strong at the point of attack. Plays with good leverage and anchors well, slipping off blocks effectively to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. Good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit. Rarely asked to drop into coverage but appears to possess the quickness, fluidity and awareness to potentially convert to outside linebacker.

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