Arizona Cardinals: 5 players that should be targeted in the draft
With the NFL Combine just 3 weeks away, here are 5 players the Arizona Cardinals should target in the draft.
NFL mock drafts are coming hot off the presses week by week and that can only mean one thing; it’s NFL Draft season. The Cardinals have many positions they need to address, and will most likely look to address some of these positions through the draft. The primary positions of need ones being guard, corner back, linebacker and and any help via pass rush. As of now, Arizona has 6 picks in this year’s draft, including the 29th pick in the first round, but that can change given Keim’s tendency to flip picks into more picks. That being said, here are 5 players the team should look to target in the draft.
Noah Spence, Defensive end, Eastern Kentucky
Arizona struggled pressuring the quarterback, and this was evident against the Panthers in the NFC Championship game. The team was tied for 21st in the league with 36 sacks. Enter Noah Spence. Noah Spence was ticketed as a sure fire first round pick while at Ohio State, but off the field issues related to drug use resulted in his exit from the program.
Spence joined FCS school Eastern Kentucky for the 2015 season. As a Colonel, Spence tallied up 63 tackles and 11.5 sacks, half of the Cardinals season total. Billed as the next Von Miller, Spence has the speed and strength one desires as a pass rusher. A majority of Spence’s weaknesses lead back to his drug use, but with players like Tyrann Mathieu, who was in a similar situation coming out of LSU, and Calais Campbell on the roster, he will have the proper guidance to help succeed as a pro.
Noah Spence has been predicted to go late in the first round. If the Seahawks pass on him and the Cardinals have the opportunity to take him, it will be another one of Keim’s home run picks.