Arizona Cardinals: Top 10 Bets at 24

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Nov 8, 2014; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) runs with the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

6. Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA

He has long arms and according to scouts has good ability to keep his balance.  His injuries are a concern but so would Gurley’s.  I think if both Gurley and Gordon were gone, he would get some serious consideration.

5. Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State

Smith’s name has come up in local mocks this past week.  He is projected by many as a second-rounder mainly due to his lack of speed but he won’t drop much into the second-round, so why not take a chance on this pass rusher who has moves to get by defenders.

4. Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

As I said before the main concern would be Gurley coming off his torn ACL.  That will heal but is it worth using up a first round pick on?  Someone will take him early and if Gordon is gone, the Cardinals could pull the trigger.

3. Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon

I like Armstead a lot.  He comes from a winning program in Oregon.  I like his height and his strength.  His athleticism seems to be the biggest knock on him from scouts.  I’m alright with that.  If he can ball and can get the job done, that’s all I care about.

2. Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky

Dupree seems like the most likely pass rusher to fit into the spot at 24.  He’s quick, has good instincts and is considered a good leader.  He may not be around at 24 but the Cardinals will have a tough choice if both he and Gordon are still around.

1. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

A lot of talk around the running back position has taken place when it comes to the Cardinals.  The Cardinals have not hidden the fact they desire another runner, whether that came through free agency, trade, or the draft.  Gordon is the real deal and if he’s available at 24 I can’t see the Cardinals passing on him no matter who else is on the board but maybe Dupree could change their mind.  It’s a fun guessing game.

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