The Top Five Prospects For The Arizona Cardinals
5) Bud Dupree - OLB Kentucky
The Cardinals could use an outside linebacker to improve what is already a good defense, and with Bud Dupree being the lowest rated of all first-round edge rushers, this is certainly a possibility. Dupree is athletic but he is very raw, so the Cardinals would have to take their time with him. However, Dupree may not make it 24 after his combine performance, the "Workout Warrior" is likely a lock the top 20 now.
4) Laken Tomlinson - OG Duke
Their offensive line has gotten better in recent years, but the right side of their line is still a little shaky. Laken Tomlinson is a solid guard that would be able to step in for the Cardinals, but is not worth a first-round pick. Should Tomlinson fall to them in the second round, they would have a hard time passing up on him.
3) A.J. Cann - OG South Carolina
Outside of Brandon Scherff, no interior offensive linemen is expected to go in the first round, but if one is to sneak in there, it would be A.J. Cann. Cann is a powerful blocker with good fluidity for his size and would be able to start immediately for any team that drafts him.
2) Bernardrick McKinney - ILB Mississippi State
Bernardrick McKinney is the highest-rated inside linebacker and rightfully so. McKinney has immediate value as a run stopper and his coverage skills can be taught up. The Cardinals would love to pick him up, but he could go anywhere from a top-ten pick to towards the bottom of the first.
1) Eric Kendricks - ILB UCLA
Brother of the Eagles' Mychal Kendricks, Eric Kendricks is a slightly undersized but uber athletic linebacker. Kendricks should be able to fare well in coverage in the NFL and has the instincts to contribute against the run. He will need to add some weight, sitting at just 230 pounds, but that is more than doable.