The Arizona Cardinals announced Thursday that former St. Louis Cardinals QB Jim Hart would be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor this season.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Kent Somers discuss what to expect from the Cardinals’ 2017 NFL draft class.
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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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Cardinals insider Kent Somers reacts to the introductory press conference for Haason Reddick and what the Cardinals might do next.
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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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Size, speed and smarts. Typically, that’s the type of triple threat the Cardinals try to target every year in the NFL draft, specifically when they’re interested in adding an offensive lineman.
Fifth-round pick Will Holden doesn’t just check all the boxes, he crushes them.
Not only is he a hulk at 6-feet-7-inches and 311 pounds, but his footwork is exceptional, and how about this for smarts: The tackle was a three-time member of the Academic Honor Roll at Vanderbilt, where he graduated early with a degree in Human and Organizational Development.
A member of the National Honor Roll in high school back in Green Cove Springs, Fla., Holden achieved the rank of Eagle Scout earlier than most and one day aspires to be an FBI agent.
Another thing he has going for him is position flexibility. He can play both left and right tackle and also has college experience inside at both guard spots. That versatility, along with his other qualities, make him a very intriguing addition to Arizona’s O-line.
“I think it is definitely attractive,” Holden said during a conference call with reporters. “It is not every day you get a player like myself. A kid coming out of Vanderbilt who can bend and who is 6-7. There are a lot of tall guys who can play lower, but I think that is going to translate really well with the organization.”
General Manager Steve Keim couldn’t agree more.
“Extremely smart, versatile, understands the game and is a good technician,” Keim said of Holden. “Really good feet and natural bend for a big man. Went down to the Senior Bowl and played inside and outside. Again, did some nice things and excites us with his position flexibility.”
In Holden and fourth-round pick Dorian Johnson, a tackle out of the University of Pittsburgh who can also play inside and out, the Cardinals just might have found their future replacements for starting tackle Jared Veldheer and perennial Pro Bowl left guard Mike Iupati.
“I think that was the key to it, continuing to add depth to the offensive line and to find guys that have the skill set that could potentially grow into starters,” Keim said. “We all know that you can’t pay everybody. There are three or four guys on our offensive line making some good money and it is good to have some young talent infused at the position. Particularly, guys who love it and more than anything are smart.
“These guys (Holden and Johnson) are really intelligent players and just like we have seen Evan (Boehm) and (Cole) Toner this past offseason, those guys have really transformed their bodies and have worked extremely hard. They are passionate guys, just like these two young men we drafted. Not only are you adding guys who love the game up front, but you are adding guys with positional flexibility. That is so important in today’s NFL because we know we can only take seven or eight into a game. When you do that, if somebody goes down, you have to be able to move bodies around.”
Holden needs to get stronger before the start of training camp, Keim said, but that shouldn’t be a problem considering all of the chances he has to get strong during the team’s array of offseason workout sessions and mini camps.
His pass blocking could also stand some improvement, but when it comes to run blocking, it’s a major strength for Holden. According to Pro Football Focus, he had a run-block success percentage of 92.4 percent. That was especially helpful this past season when Vanderbilt was in its red-zone offense. The Commodores scored points on 43 of their 46 possessions from inside the 20-yard line.
“I always pride myself on being the smartest because it always starts before the snap,” Holden said. “Obviously, understanding the schemes, understanding the defenses and going from there. I like to run the ball, so run blocking, just powering it down the throat of the defense is always good.”
Getting the chance to block for David Johnson, one of the league’s most electrifying running backs, is more than enticing.
“I think it would be awesome,” Holden said. “It is dynamic so you never know what is going to happen. I am excited. I just want to get on the field, really.”
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