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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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Arizona Cardinals Very Aggressive in NFL Free Agency This Year

March 26th, 2015 at 5:05 AM
By Steve Smith

The Arizona Cardinals have been busy little beavers when it comes to NFL free agency this year.

The Red Birds signed six free agents during the first week of the free agency period. That exceeded the expectations of general manager Steve Keim.

"I never anticipated we would come away with the haul that we did," Keim said via azcentral.com. "I thought maybe … we would have gotten three or four of those guys, but to get the entire group was a little better than I anticipated. The biggest thing is it filled specific needs, which has always been our philosophy."

So where have the improvements to the roster been? Keim stated that the additions of guard Mike Iupati and center A.Q. Shipley make the Cards more physical in the interior of the offensive line. Defensive linemen Cory Redding and Corey Peters provide needed flexibility because they can play multiple positions. Sean Weatherspoon is a solid pass rusher and can play either inside linebacker spot. Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley could provide additional pass rush.

The Red Birds haven't signed a veteran free agent since the first week of the 2014 season.

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Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft Preview: Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri

March 25th, 2015 at 4:51 AM
By Steve Smith

Now that NFL free agency is in its third week and quieted down, it's time to concentrate on the upcoming NFL Draft. 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 a need now at the cornerback position.

Markus Golden, DE/OLB, Missouri

The St. Louis, MO native is 6-foot-3 and weighs 260 pounds. He was a second-team All-SEC player in 2014. He would help Arizona's pass rush immensely if drafted.

Scouts state that Golden's strengths are: Plays with toughness and is a fighter. Turns effort switch on and it stays on. Can set and hold the edge against the run. Stays alive in pursuit and has extended motor down the field. Holds his ground at the point of attack. Shows good awareness and locates the ball quickly. Has strength in his hands. Heavy tackler.

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