Dec 31, 2013; Shreveport, LA, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback B.J. Denker (7) carries the ball in front of Boston College Eagles linebacker Steele Divitto (49) and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (24) in the second half at Independence Stadium. Arizona defeated Boston College 42-19. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Cardinals for sure want to add depth to the linebacker core as depleted as it got in 2013 due to injury. That being said, the Cards may or may not look to the draft for help in this area. There are rumors of free agents like Mike Neal possibly coming to Arizona. However, you still have to consider everyone available.
The one I guy I’ve taken a look at in the draft as a possibility at the position, Kevin Pierre-Louis from Boston College, was the top linebacker in the 40-yard dash. He also was in the top five in reps on bench press with 28. He finished third in vertical reach at 29.0 inches. In other words, he seems to be a guy the Cards should look at. As far as I’m concerned his numbers at the combine seem to coincide with his game numbers.
Carl Bradford, from Arizona State, ran a 4.76 dash and local high school product, USC’s Devon Kennard ran a 4.70 dash. He was graded as better than average chance of making an NFL roster. Bradford is looked at as potential backup material.
Like I said, no one that really blew you away in this group but enough guys who have shots at making plenty of rosters. My money is still on free agents to fill the linebacker voids.