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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Cardinals introduce Haason Reddick
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The Cardinals passed on selecting a quarterback in the first three rounds of the draft, and it’s doubtful they’ll find a future starter today in rounds five through seven.
“Would you love to find one?” General Manager Steve Keim said Friday night. “Absolutely, but at the same time you can’t force the pick and you can’t leave better players on the board, and that is what we would’ve done if we didn’t take the approach that we did. It would be a disservice to the organization and everybody that works here if we would press and do something that was out of the norm or to panic.”
From Tar Heel to Cardinal
With their second pick in the fifth round, the Cardinals took North Carolina running back T.J. Logan.
Logan, 5-feet-9-inches and 196 pounds, was mainly a backup for the Tar Heels, but saw plenty of playing time.
He rushed for 675 yards last year and caught 29 passes. He also returns kicks, a job he could fill immediately for the Cardinals.
Logan scored 12 touchdowns last year: seven rushing, three receiving and two on kick returns.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at the scouting combine, the best time among running backs.
“I feel like if I’m out there on the field, I can make guys miss,” Logan said, “make big runs, finish runs. I’m looking for the home run. I’m not going to be satisfied at just running out of bounds.”
While Logan is an experienced kick returner, he has never returned punts. He’s been working on that skill for the past few months, he said.
“I’m willing to do it, I don’t have any problem with it.”
Cards add more line depth in fifth round
With the first of two selections in the fifth round, the Cardinals selected offensive tackle Will Holden from Vanderbilt.
Holden, 6-feet-7-inches and 311 pounds, was a three-year starter in college and has experience playing both right and left tackle.
Holden expected to go in the fifth round, he said, but had minimal contact with the Cardinals over the past few months.
“They got me slotted at tackle, which is nice,” he said, “but I’m ready to get in there and compete for a job whether it’s a tackle or guard.”
300-lb. Pitt. guard is fourth-round pick
The Cardinals began the final day of the draft by addressing depth on the offensive line. They selected guard Dorian Johnson from Pittsburgh in the fourth round.
Johnson (6-feet-4-inches and 300 pounds) started 39 consecutive games in college, most of them at guard. According to profootballfocus.com, Johnson allowed just 15 quarterback pressures over the last three seasons.
Johnson was rated by some scouts as a possible second-round pick, and there are reports today that he dropped in the draft due to concern about an issue with his liver.
In a conference call on Saturday, Johnson said he’s had a liver condition his entire life. He has an abnormally high enzyme level and takes medication for it
The condition has never caused any problems, Johnson said.
“It hasn’t affected me and my playing whatsoever,” he said. “I’m completely healthy, no issues with it. I’m absolutely no worried about it at all.”
Johnson said he was surprised it became an issue for some teams.
Round/overall pick: – 5/179
Position: Running back/returner
School: North Carolina
Ht. Wt.: 5-9, 196
Background: Logan was never a full-time starter in college, but he played a big role as an all-around back. He proved he could not only be effective as a runner but also as a receiver and returner.
How he fits: Logan could upgrade the Cardinals’ kick return unit, which needed help. He has no experience returning punts, so it’s questionable if he can do that at the NFL level. If Logan proves himself as a rookie, the Cardinals could give Andre Ellington more work at receiver. Logan has solid receiving skills, which is a bonus in playing behind David Johnson.
Round/overall pick: – 5/157
Position: Offensive tackle
Ht. Wt.: 6-7, 311
Background: He started at both right and left tackle in his last three years of college. Per scouting reports, Holden is smart and tough, but has a tendency to get too high when he blocks.
How he fits: The Cardinals have depth at their tackles spots, so Holden won’t be asked to contribute right away. The Cardinals plan to play Holden at tackle instead of moving him to guard.
Round/overall pick: – 4/115th
Ht. Wt: 6-5, 300
Background: A four-star recruit at Pittsburgh, Johnson played a few games at left tackles as a freshman, then moved to left guard. He started 39 consecutive games over the past three years. Pitt ran a pro-style offense so Johnson might be better prepared to play early in his career than other college players.
How he fits: The Cardinals needed depth at guard, and Johnson was one of the highest rated at that position in this draft. Johnson played left guard at Pittsburgh. Mike Iupati holds down that job for the Cardinals, but the right guard spot is open. Evan Boehm is penciled in as the starter there. Iupati turns 30 next month, so it makes sense to try to find his eventual replacement now.
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.
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.
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