The Cardinals have made 18 picks in the first round of the NFL draft since 2000. Take a look at the standouts.
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With the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, can the Cardinals afford to repeat their strategy with their last two first-round picks?
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers have the latest on the Cardinals draft and the reinstatement of Daryl Washington.
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The Cardinals are hosting draft parties Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Great Lawn outside of University of Phoenix Stadium.
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The Cardinals have the No. 13 pick in Thursday’s NFL draft. Several players are linked to the team in many mock drafts.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Jay Dieffenbach discuss possible Cardinals strategy in the NFL draft, views on picking a quarterback and more.
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Bob McManaman selects his top five defensive backs for the 2017 NFL draft.
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Bob McManaman ranks the top special teams players in the upcoming draft.
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azcentral sports’ Bob McManaman chooses the top five linebacker prospects in the 2017 NFL draft. (Photos by USA Today)
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Arizona Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians have found some of their best players in the third round.
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Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald and Chandler Jones discuss the importance of giving back and some bets amongst Cardinals players before the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday at Salt River Fields. Patrick Breen/azcentral sports
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Cardinals GM Steve Keim has a tough task when it comes to finding quality talent and character to add to the team through the draft.
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azcentral sports Cardinals insider Kent Somers talks with Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Fostee Rucker. || Video by Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Cardinals defensive tackle Frostee Rucker discusses learning from last year’s expectations and adding Karlos Dansby and other veterans. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Sarah McLellan discuss whether character matters when evaluating talent for drafts.
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Breaking down the top three games of the Cardinals’ 2017 season.
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An in-depth look at the countless different variables that are factored into the NFL’s creation of its 256-game regular-season schedule.
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and Bob McManaman discuss the Cardinals’ potential use (or overuse?) of running back David Johnson.
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Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill talks about golf and the NFL draft at Cardinals annula golf outing. Video: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is ready for the 2017 NFL schedule to be announced.
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Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim talk about the upcoming NFL draft. || David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Carmelo, a dancer, and the Cards’ quiet, classy young superstar.
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azcentral sports’ Kent Somers and the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald discuss Fitzgerald’s charity softball tournament on Saturday.
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The Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald joined azcentral sports’ Kent Somers to discuss the team and the upcoming season.
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The Arizona Republic presents its top 5 QBs available in the 2017 NFL Draft.
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Scott Bordow sizes up the first day of strength and conditioning for the Arizona Cardinals at their training facility in Tempe. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers go over Arizona Cardinals First round pick.
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The Cardinals keep bringing in QBs. What does it mean? Mark Faller and Bob McManaman discuss the team and the NFL draft.
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the University of Phoenix getting out of its sponsorship deal with the Cardinals’ stadium and the tanking Suns.
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USA TODAY Sports’ Tom Pelissero recaps the NFL owners meeting and the proposed league rule changes.
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Bob McManaman and Kent Somers at the NFL owners meetings on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Bruce Arianas likes full-time officials, centralized replay and says there’s 1 QB in upcoming draft who’s plug-and-play. Video: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley discusses the NFL’s commercial breaks, kickers and touchdowns celebrations, as well as Tom Brady and the Cardinals drafting a QB.
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Coaches of the National Football Conference take questions from the media in Phoenix on March 29, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers and other reporters talk with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians at the NFC coaches breakfast on Wednesday at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Video by Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Dan Bickley talks about the NFL moving the Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas.
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Bob McManaman of azcentral sports talks to AFC coaches at the annual NFL owners meeting at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Bob McManaman and Kent Somers at the NFL owner’s meetings: Coaches of AFC teams meet the media at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Video: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians discusses free agency, quarterbacks and cornerbacks in the draft on Wednesday night. Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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Cardinals GM Steve Keim discusses this year’s rookie quarterback class ahead of the NFL draft on Wednesday night. Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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Cardinals’ top first round NFL draft picks since 2000
Can Cardinals afford to be patient with another first-round pick?
Cards face choices with draft, Daryl Washington
What to know about the Cardinals’ draft party
NFL mock drafts: Popular picks for Arizona Cardinals
Shot Clock: Cardinals trade up for QB?
Top 5 defensive backs of 2017 NFL draft
Top 5 special teams players of 2017 NFL draft
NFL draft’s top 5 linebacker prospects
Keim, Arians striking gold in draft’s third round
Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones talk about Celebrity Softball Game
Cardinals looking for ‘football character’ in NFL draft
Kent Somers talks with Cardinals DT Frostee Rucker
Cardinals DT Frostee Rucker on expectations, adding Karlos Dansby
Shot Clock: Stay away from Reuben Foster?
Top 3 games in Cardinals schedule
How the NFL schedule is made
Cards playing dangerous game with RB Johnson?
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill talks about golf, NFL draft
Bruce Arians wants to know date of London game
Keim on Cardinals’ NFL draft prep
Shot Clock: New face of Cardinals franchise?
Larry Fitzgerald holding 7th annual charity softball tournament
Larry Fitzgerald 1-on-1 with Kent Somers
Top 5 quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft
Cardinals begin strength and conditioning program
NFL Draft: We are (almost) on the clock
Shot Clock: QB for Cardinals at No. 13 in NFL draft?
Shot Clock: University of Phoenix Stadium? Not anymore
Goodell says he’ll be in New England for opener
NFL meetings in Phoenix: On Bruce Arians, new rules, the draft
Shot Clock: Good, bad, ugly of NFL meetings
NFC coaches take questions at NFL owners meeting
Kent Somers talks with Bruce Arians at NFC coaches breakfast
Shot Clock: NFL’s curious, but intriguing Vegas move
Bob McManaman talks to AFC coaches
At the NFL owner’s meetings: AFC head coaches meet the media
Cardinals’ Arians talks free agency and draft
Cardinals GM Keim on draft’s QBs
Before we see who the Cardinals take in the 2017 NFL draft, the Heat Index decided to look back at the team’s previous drafts since moving to Arizona.
Here’s what we found out about the team’s selections at linebacker:
The Arizona Cardinals have taken a linebacker in the first round just three times since moving to Arizona.
The team selected California’s Ken Harvey No. 12 overall in 1988.
In 1989, it took LSU’s Eric Hill at No. 10 overall.
In 1994, it picked UCLA’s Jamir Miller at No. 10 overall.
The Cardinals have taken a linebacker in the second round six times in Arizona.
Arizona most recently took Kevin Minter out of LSU at No. 45 overall in 2013.
Daryl Washington, out of TCU, was selected by the team at No. 47 overall in 2010.
Auburn’s Karlos Dansby was Arizona’s second round choice in 2004. They picked him at No. 33 overall.
The team’s other second round linebacker picks in Arizona? Levar Fisher out of North Carolina State in 2002 (No. 49 overall), Raynoch Thompson out of Tennessee in 2000 (No. 41 overall) and Johnny Rutledge out of Florida in 1999 (No. 51 overall).
NFL MOCK DRAFT TRACKER: Latest picks for Cardinals
The Cardinals haven’t drafted a linebacker since taking Minter in 2013, the team’s longest drought at the position.
Linebackers drafted by Cardinals in Arizona:
2013: 2nd round (45 overall) | Kevin Minter | LB | LSU
2013: 4th round (103 overall) | Alex Okafor | LB | Texas
2011: 4th round (103 overall) | Sam Acho | LB | Texas
2011: 6th round (171 overall) | Quan Sturdivant | LB | North Carolina
2010: 2nd round (47 overall) | Daryl Washington | ILB | Texas Christian
2010: 4th round (130 overall) | O’Brien Schofield | LB | Wisconsin
2009: 6th round (204 overall) | Will Davis | LB | Illinois
2008: 6th round (185 overall) | Chris Harrington | LB | Texas A&M
2007: 3rd round (69 overall) | Buster Davis | LB | Florida State
2006: 5th round (142 overall) | Brandon Johnson | LB | Louisville
2005: 3rd round (95 overall) | Darryl Blackstock | LB | Virginia
2005: 5th round (168 overall) | Lance Mitchell | LB | Oklahoma
2004: 2nd round (33 overall) | Karlos Dansby | OLB | Auburn
2003: 3rd round (70 overall) | Gerald Hayes | LB | Pittsburgh
2003: 6th round (210 overall) | Tony Gilbert | LB | Georgia
2002: 2nd round (49 overall) | Levar Fisher | LB | North Carolina State
2000: 2nd round (41 overall) | Raynoch Thompson | OLB | Tennessee
2000: 7th round (215 overall) | Sekou Sanyika | LB | California
1999: 2nd round (51 overall) | Johnny Rutledge | LB | Florida
1999: 6th round (202 overall) | Melvin Bradley | LB | Arkansas
1998: 6th round (158 overall) | Zack Walz | LB | Dartmouth
1997: 6th round (188 overall) | Tony McCombs | LB | Eastern Kentucky
1995: 7th round (224 overvall) | Wesley Leasy | LB | Mississippi State
1994: 1st round (10 overall) | Jamir Miller | LB | UCLA
1994: 4th round (115 overall) | Terry Irving | LB | McNeese State
1993: 6th round (143 overall) | Brett Wallerstedt | LB | Arizona State
1990: 9th round (225 overall) | David Bavaro | LB | Syracuse
1989: 1st round (10 overall) | Eric Hill | LB | Louisiana State
1989: 5th round (123 overall) | Richard Tardits | LB | Georgia
1988: 1st round (12 overall) | Ken Harvey | LB | California
1988: 5th round (120 overall) | Chris Gaines | LB | Vanderbilt
To see photos of all the linebackers the Cardinals have drafted since they moved to Arizona, click here.
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