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Arizona Cardinals Could Be Highly Interested in DT Eddie Goldman in NFL Draft

March 31st, 2015 at 5:03 AM
By Steve Smith

So who might the Arizona Cardinals select with their first round pick (24th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, IL. on Apr. 30? They may have their eyes focused on a player from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Let's take an updated look at a prospect that may be available to the Red Birds when they're on the clock late in the first round. This scenario could certainly change as well if the Cards either trade up or trade down accordingly:

Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

The Washington, DC native is 6-foot-4 and weighs 314 pounds. The Cardinals should have a very solid defense once again and Goldman would certainly be a welcome addition to defensive coordinator James Bettcher's impressive unit. He could start immediately.

College and professional scouts state that Goldman's strengths are: Solid with broad shoulders and well-proportioned frame. Plays the run like a full-grown man. Outstanding power in upper body. Plays with good hip flexion. Explodes out of stance and into defenders with force and leverage. Violent hands that jar offensive linemen and force them into defensive posture. Able to shed blockers with hands or with clubbing arms and spring into ball carrier. Can two-gap at the point of attack and plays square throughout, leveraging gap when offenses try to block him on an angle. Bull-rusher with ability to invert pocket, ringing up six sacks over last two seasons.

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Improving the Running Game a Real Priority for Arizona Cardinals

March 30th, 2015 at 5:01 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals captured their first NFL playoff berth in five years in 2014 but it was not due to their running game.

Oh heavens no.

The Red Birds had the second fewest rushing yards in the league last year (1,308) and owned the lowest per-carry average (3.29) as well. They used six running backs in all and their lead back, Andre Ellington, battled injuries for most of the 2014 campaign.

Something has to change moving forward.

“There were some areas last year that we fell short in: running the ball in the red zone — not so much goal line, but short-yardage situations,” Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said via espn.com.

Don't be surprised if the Cards grab Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin or Georgia's Todd Gurley if either are available when Arizona selects 24th overall in the first round of next month's NFL Draft in Chicago. This is expected to be a somewhat deep draft for running backs so the Cardinals could grab someone like Tevin Coleman or Ameer Abdullah if Gordon or Gurley are already off the board.

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Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft Preview: Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

March 29th, 2015 at 6:01 AM
By Steve Smith

This is a continuing part of a series previewing whom the Arizona Cardinals may select with their first round pick (24th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, IL. on Apr. 30. The draft concludes on May 2.

Let's take a look at a prospect that may be available to the Red Birds when they're on the clock late in the first round. This scenario could change as well if the Cardinals either trade up or trade down accordingly. The Cards have been in need of a solid tight end for years now. Is Troy Niklas the answer? That's somewhat doubtful because he's been hurt for much of his young career.

Here's a talented tight end they should keep their eyes on:

Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

The Waconia, MN native was named a second team All-American last year. He is 6-foot-4 and weighs 249 pounds.

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Arizona Cardinals May Be Eyeing Linebacker Denzel Perryman in Upcoming NFL Draft

March 28th, 2015 at 6:07 AM
By Steve Smith

The 2015 NFL Draft is just around the corner now and the Arizona Cardinals are busy preparing for the big event.

Let's take a look at whom the Red Birds may select with their first round pick (24th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, IL. on Apr. 30. The draft winds up on May 2.

Let's take a look at a prospect that may be available to the Red Birds when they're on the clock late in the first round. This could change as well if the Red Birds either trade up or trade down:

Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami

The Coral Gables, FL native is 6-feel tall and weighs 242 pounds. He would certainly help bolster an Arizona defensive contingent that ranks in the Top 10 in the NFL. As an inside linebacker, he'd be an important addition if Larry Foote decides to retire.

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Arizona Cardinals 2015 NFL Draft Preview: Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

March 27th, 2015 at 4:55 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals may be looking at a Cardinal to draft this year – a Stanford Cardinal that is.

This is a continuing part of a series previewing whom the Arizona Cardinals may select with their first round pick (24th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, IL. on Apr. 30. The draft concludes on May 2.

Let's take a look at a prospect that may be available to the Red Birds when they're on the clock late in the first round. This scenario could change as well if the Cardinals either trade up or trade down accordingly. The Cards need to upgrade the cornerback position since Antonio Cromartie is now with the New York Jets.

Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

The Fairfax, VA native was a honorable mention All-Pac 12 player last year. He is six feet tall and weighs 196 pounds.

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