Team Draft Needs: Arizona Cardinals
Up next in the team needs features for the draft section are the Arizona Cardinals. THN will be filling in all of the needs' pages throughout March and April; so keep checking back for your favorite team.
2005 Results: 5-11, 3rd in NFC - West
2006 Projected Cap Status: $28.9 million under
2005 Season Recap:
With Coach Denny Green coming in and the level of talent on the team, the Cardinals came into 2005 with some confidence, especially given the lack of strength in their division. Unfortunately, things did not work out. Coach Greens team showed flashes, but the play of their offensive line really prevented them from gaining any type of consistency on the offense. Their defense was terrible against the run, and when you cannot score points and you cannot stop the run, you are in for a long season.
1. Offensive Line: No matter how many playmakers this team has at the wide receiver position, without good protection they are useless. Not too many quarterbacks throw touchdowns from the seat of their pants.
2. Quarterback: Speaking of quarterbacks, the Cardinals have an aging one. With Josh McCown leaving town, Denny Green better start looking for a replacement, either through the draft or free agency.
3. Middle Linebacker: The Cardinals need to do something to improve their 28th ranked rushing defense, and that something should start in the middle of their linebacking corps. Orlando Huff has not displayed the ability to read the run or make tackles when he does happen to be in the right place at the right time.
2006 Draft Picks:
1st Round - 4th Overall
2nd Round 41st Overall
3rd Round 72nd Overall
4th Round 107th Overall
5th Round 142nd Overall
6th Round 177th Overall
7th Round 218th Overall
Free agency status:
UFA: OT Ian Allen; FB Jarrod Baxter; C Billy Conaty; OG Adam Haayer; RB James Jackson; TE Teyo Johnson; DT Ross Kolodziej; FB Harold Morrow; RB J.R. Redmond; WR/KR Reggie Swinton; DE R-Kal Truluck; CB Raymond Walls.
RFA: LB Gerald Hayes; DT Kenny King.
ERFA: DT Tim Bulman; OL Shawn Lynch; PK Nick Novak; DE Antonio Smith.
Re-signed: RB Damien Anderson; FB Obafemi Ayanbadejo; OT Jeremy Bridges; CB Dyshod Carter; S Aaron Francisco; LB Isaac Keys; DE Langston Moore; DE Anton Palepoi; QB Kurt Warner; CB Robert Tate; OG Reggie Wells.
Acquired: OG Milford Brown; DT Kendrick Clancy; RB Edgerrin James.
Lost: DT Russell Davis; S Quentin Harris; QB Josh McCown.
This article was released on 2006-04-07.
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