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Arizona Cardinals Second Round Draft Possibility: Nate Orchard, DE, Utah

April 19th, 2015 at 4:58 AM
By Steve Smith

Anticipation is building as the 2015 NFL Draft nears.

So what are the Arizona Cardinals up to? The Red Birds draft 24th overall in the opening round of the extravaganza and they have the 55th overall pick (second round). According to draft experts, this player could be available to the Cards when they're on the clock in the second round. He'd help Arizona's mediocre pass rush immensely.

Nate Orchard, DE, Utah

The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder is being compared on the NFL level to Aaron Maybin. Orchard registered 54 tackles, three forced fumbles and 18 1/2 sacks for the Utes last season.

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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals Pick Oregon’s Arik Armstead in First Round

April 18th, 2015 at 5:30 AM
By Steve Smith

The NFL Draft is almost here. The Arizona Cardinals could use some help on the defensive line.

This is a continuing part of a series previewing 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 concludes on May 2.

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

Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon

The Sacramento, CA native is already being compared on the NFL level to Arizona's Calais Campbell. Not bad. The University of Oregon product is 6-foot-7 and weighs 292 pounds. He is still considered to be raw but with excellent upside. Armstead would add length and depth along the Cardinals' defensive line.

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NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select P.J. Williams in Second Round

April 17th, 2015 at 5:04 AM
By Steve Smith

This is a fun time of the year for NFL fans – the 2015 NFL Draft is just two weeks away. We've previewed whom the Arizona Cardinals may select with their first round pick (24th overall) at the draft in Chicago later this month (Apr. 30). However, who will the Red Birds pick with their second round selection (55th overall)?

That depends.

It depends on who the Red Birds select in the opening round. For argument's sake, say the Cards take a running back or linebacker in Round One, then they may select this player, if available, in the second round:

P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

The second-team All-ACC defensive back is six feet tall and weighs 194 pounds. He'd fill a need for the Cardinals with the departure of Antonio Cromartie to the New York Jets.

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Shaq Thompson May Be on the Radar of the Arizona Cardinals in Upcoming NFL Draft

April 16th, 2015 at 4:50 AM
By Steve Smith

The NFL Draft is on the horizon and the Arizona Cardinals are busy preparing for the extravaganza in Chicago from Apr. 30 – May 2.

The Red Birds need linebacker help and have the 24th overall selection in the first round.

Let's take a close look at a college 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:

Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington

The junior is a naive of Sacramento, CA. Thompson is six feet tall and weighs 228 pounds. He's probably the most versatile prospect in this year's upcoming draft bar none. He would be warmly welcomed in the desert.

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Is Michael Floyd in the Future Plans of the Arizona Cardinals?

April 15th, 2015 at 4:53 AM
By Steve Smith

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd is signed through the 2015 NFL season but the club must decide by May 3 if they want to exercise an option to keep him for the 2016 campaign.

The 13th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Floyd had a somewhat disappointing season in 2014 with 47 receptions for 841 yards, albeit with a career-high six touchdowns.

That was in stark contrast to his 2013 campaign when he recorded 65 catches for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns.

The University of Notre Dame product has a world of talent and the Red Birds are expecting more from him this coming season.

"I think Mike was a victim, of all people, of the quarterback situation last year," Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said via arizonasports.com when asked about Floyd's progression. "And I think some frustration went into his play at times. But he still needs to hit a consistency level. He's a 1,000-yard player every year. He should have had a thousand, easily, last year. There were some balls that we expect him to come down with in the end zone that he didn't come down with last year. That's what's holding him back from being elite. The game he had, the last game of the year in 'Frisco, he's proven what he can do to make big plays for us."

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