Nov. 25, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) sacks St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Preview: Arizona Cardinals Linebackers

As we head into this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, teams are preparing for April’s 2013 NFL Draft.  The Arizona Cardinals have needs in several areas and some others they are doing alright in.  However, I am going to take a look at a position by position look at the Cardinals and see what lies ahead for 2013 and what the needs are, if any.  Let’s start with the Cards linebackers.

For the most part, the Cardinals have a very good linebacker core, especially on the inside.  Some may argue the level of talent on the outside, however I don’t.  I like what the Cards roster looks like at this position and feel it needs little tweaking.

Star/Perennial Pro-Bowler: Daryl Washington

Solid/Serviceable: Sam Acho, Quentin Groves, Paris Lenon, O’Brien Schofield

On the Bubble: Stewart Bradley, Reggie Walker

Draft Outlook: Well, who wouldn’t want to take  Jarvis Jones?  It’s not a pressing need, so no Jones for the Cards.  However, look in the middle rounds to pick up a guy like a Chase Thomas from Stanford or even take a chance on the less than 100% Jelani Jenkins from Florida. Even a late round guy like Jenkins teammate Lerentee McCray or an Etienne Sabino from Ohio State.

Don’t look for a lot of changes here.  I could see Bradley or Walker not making it out of camp in lieu of a draft stud.  This group is solid and should be for years.


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