Thursday, April 16, 2009

On The Clock: Arizona Cardinals

Record: 9-7, 1st In the NFC West
General Manager: Rod Graves, Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt (3rd Year), Assistant Head Coach: Russ Grimm (3rd Year), Defensive Coordinator: Bill Davis (1st Year/3rd Year With the Cardinals)

Offense Rankings: No. 4 Overall, No. 3 Scoring, No. 2 Passing, No. 32 Rushing
Defense Rankings: No. 19 Overall, No. 28 Scoring, No. 22 Passing, No. 16 Rushing

Last Five Years: 33-47; Last Playoff Appearance: 2008; Last Playoff Victory: 2008 (32-25 Over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game)

2008 Draft: (1-16) CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, (2-50) DE Calais Campbell, (3-81) WR Early Doucet, (4-116) DE Kenny Iwebema, (5-149) RB Tim Hightower, (6-185) DE Chris Harrington, (7-225) OT Brandon Keith

Top Picks Last Five Years:

2008 – (1-16) CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State
2007 – (1-5) OT Levi Brown, Penn St.
2006 – (1-10) QB Matt Leinart, USC
2005 – (1-8) DB Antrel Rolle, Miami
2004 – (1-3) WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh

Booms: WR Larry Fitzgerald (1st Round 2004), LB Karlos Dansby (2nd Round 2004), DT Darnell Dockett (3rd Round 2004), DE Antonio Smith (5th Round 2004), OG Taitusi "Duece" Lutui (2nd Round 2006), WR Steve Breaston (5th Round 2007), TE Ben Patrick (7th Round 2007), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (1st Round 2008), RB Tim Hightower (5th Round 2008)

Busts: CB Antrel Rolle (1st Round 2005), RB J.J. Arrington (2nd Round 2005), QB Matt Leinart (1st Round 2006), DT Alan Branch (2nd Round 2007), LB Buster Davis (3rd Round 2007)

TE Anthony Becht (Free Agent)
FB Dan Kreider (Free Agent)
LS Mike Leach (Free Agent)
DT Rodney Leisle (Free Agent)
DB Keith Lewis (Free Agent)
CB Bryant McFadden (Free Agent)
C Donovan Raiola (Free Agent)
RB Jason Wright (Free Agent)

RB J.J. Arrington (FA-Denver)
LB Monty Beisel (FA-Kansas City)
CB Eric Green (FA-Miami)
LS Natha Hodel (Released)
P Dirk Johnson (FA-Washington)
DE Antonio Smith (FA-Houston)
LB Matt Stewart (FA-Dallas)

DE Bertrand Berry
OG Elton Brown
CB Ralph Brown
LB Karlos Dansby (Franchised)
P Ben Graham
LB Clark Haggans
QB Brian St. Pierre
QB Kurt Warner

2009 Picks:
Round 1, Selection 31
Round 2, Selection 31
Round 3, Selection 31
Round 4, Selection 31
Round 5, Selection 31
Round 6, Selection 31
Round 7, Selection 31
Round 7, Selection 45 (Compensatory)

Team Needs – Players of Interest (Day One):
1. Running Back:
Donald Brown, UConn; LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh; Glenn Coffee, Alabama; Andre Brown, NC State, Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon
2. Outside Linebacker: Clay Matthews Jr., USC; Brian Cushing, USC; Aaron Maybin, PSU; Connor Barwin, Cincinnati; Larry English, Northern Illinois; Clint Sintim, Virginia; Cody Brown, UConn
3. Center: Alex Mack, California; Max Unger, Oregon; Eric Wood, Louisville
4. Tight End: Jared Cook, South Carolina; Shawn Nelson, Southern Miss; Cornelius Ingram, Florida; James Casey, Rice; Travis Beckum, Wisconsin; Chase Coffman, Missouri
5. Guard: Herman Johnson, LSU; Andre Levitre, Oregon; Kraig Urbik, Wisconsin; Trevor Canfield, Cincinnati

Photo Credit: SEC Sports Media, College Press Box, Steve Slade/UConn Division of Athletics