The 13th pick in the first round, Haason Reddick spoke to the press for the first time in Arizona.
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At his introductory news conference, Arizona Cardinals draft pick Haason Reddick answers a question about what he is going to do with his first NFL contract.
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Cardinals insider Kent Somers reacts to the introductory press conference for Haason Reddick and what the Cardinals might do next.
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley assess the Arizona Cardinals’ selection of Haason Reddick in Round 1 of the NFL draft and discuss the needs the team still has to address.
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Check out how Cardinals fans were feeling during the team’s 2017 NFL draft party.
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With plenty of defense options on the table and all the quarterbacks gone, the Cardinals elected to go linebacker and Kent and Bob break down the reasons why.
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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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Breaking down the top three games of the Cardinals’ 2017 season.
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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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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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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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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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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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After standing pat in the first round on Thursday, the Cardinals hit the trade market in the second and third rounds on Friday, moving up and then down, and getting the two players they wanted.
That’s their story, and they’ll stick to it.
The Cardinals started the second round of the draft with a bold move, trading up nine spots with the Bears and selecting safety Budda Baker out of Washington.
The Cardinals traded their fourth- and sixth-round picks this year and a fourth next year, getting Baker and a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft in return.
General Manager Steve Keim compared Baker to Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, but Baker is about an inch taller, 5-feet-10-inches, and heavier, 192 pounds.
“He’s an active football player, loves the game and is as violent as can be,” Keim said.
Baker is another of what the Cardinals call a “hybrid” player. He is listed as a safety, but he likely will be asked to play some cornerback in nickel and dime situations.
In the third round, the Cardinals traded down 21 spots, from 77th to 98th overall, receiving the 115th pick overall from the Panthers.
With that late third-round pick, the Cardinals selected receiver Chad Williams from Grambling State.
Williams, 6-feet-1-inch and 204 pounds, caught 90 passes for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
“We still got the guy we were interested in,” Keim said of the trade. “A guy a lot of people don’t know about him. Probably wouldn’t be an Arizona Cardinal draft if we didn’t take a small-school guy, particularly in the third round.”
The Cardinals have had success in the third round, taking Mathieu from LSU, receiver John Brown from Pittsburg State and running back David Johnson from Northern Iowa.
The Cardinals wanted to add a big, strong receiver while sacrificing as little speed as possible, coach Bruce Arians said.
“My favorite round in the draft is three,” Arians said. “This is a bigger, more physical, fast receiver.”
Arians’ teams have had success drafting receivers in the third round, including Brown in Arizona, T.Y. Hilton in Indianapolis and Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders in Pittsburgh.
Before last season, Williams was charged with marijuana possession and possession of firearms while on the LSU campus.
The charges were dropped, Keim said, and Williams served a one-game suspension.
“Wrong place, wrong time,” Keim said. “He’s a good kid.”
Williams runs the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds but was not invited to the NFL scouting combine.
The Cardinals are looking for depth at the position. They cut Michael Floyd in December, and Larry Fitzgerald could retire after this season.
“I know for a fact I can live up to that third-round hype these guys have going,” Williams said.
Baker fills a need for the Cardinals, who lost safeties Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger in free agency. The Cardinals often use three or four safeties in some of their substitution packages.
Baker didn’t know that but liked it.
“That’s a great thing for me,” he said.
Baker’s given name is Bishard, but when he was a baby, his mother thought he looked like Buddha. Thus the nickname, minus the “H.”
Keim and Arians called Baker and Williams “alpha males,” meaning players who love football and are physical.
In a video posted on the team’s website, Cardinals’ executives fist-bumped and high-fived each other after the trade was done. In a phone call to Baker, Arians said, “we’ve got the most dynamic secondary in the league now.”
Arians didn’t back away from the comment in a press conference Friday evening and said there are cornerbacks remaining in the draft who could add to the dynamic.
Baker said he’s been a fan of Mathieu and cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Mathieu liked the pick. “Young savage,” he tweeted soon after the selection.
“I feel like I can bring versatility,” Baker said. “I feel like I can play free safety, strong safety, corner, nickel. I showed a lot of stuff on film. I’m able to read the quarterback, make open field tackles. All that kind of stuff. I feel like you guys are getting a great athlete.”
The trade leaves the Cardinals with a fourth-round pick, two fifth-rounders and two seventh-rounders Saturday, the final day of the draft.
The trade: Cardinals traded with the Bears to move up from the 45th overall pick. They gave up their fourth and sixth round selections this year and a fourth in 2018. They received a seventh-round pick in return.
Height/weight: 5-10, 192 pounds
Background: Baker was a four-star recruit out of Bellevue, Wash. He was on the same high school team as Myles Jack, who played at UCLA and is now with Jacksonville. Baker’s first name is Bishard, but he’s been called Budda since birth because his mother thought he looked like a little Buddha.
How he fits: A versatile player who can play almost anywhere in the secondary. Baker isn’t big, but he does a lot of the same things as Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu. He can play the traditional free safety role of roaming the center of the field. He can play strong safety near scrimmage and he can play nickel cornerback. The Cardinals often use three and four safeties in their defensive scheme, and they lost two starters to free agency.
Round/pick – 3/98
The trade: The Cardinals traded with the Panthers, moving down from the 77th overall pick to the 98th, receiving a fourth-round selection, the 115th overall, in return.
Position: Wide receiver
School: Grambling State
Height/weight: 6-1, 204 pounds
Background: A productive college receiver who caught 13 passes for 152 yards against Arizona last fall. Williams reportedly was impressive at the Senior Bowl but was not invited to the scouting combine.
How he fits: The Cardinals are always looking to add speed at receiver and Williams has it, running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds at his pro day. The Cardinals are looking for depth at receiver and also toward the future. This could be Larry Fitzgerald’s last season.