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Arizona Cardinals Minicamp And OTA 2012 Dates Announced

NFL mini-camps are short camps held in May by NFL teams to get players acclimated to the schemes of the NFL. Attendance is not usually mandatory, but it is recommended to ensure that rookies are ready for the league. The Arizona Cardinals will have their minicamp dates on May 11th, 12th and 13th for the rookies and June 12th, 13th and 14th for everyone else.

Organized team activities are unofficial practices and the only ones allowed between the end of the season and the beginning of training camp. OTA dates for the Cardinals will take place in the final two weeks of May (May 22nd, 23rd and 24th as well as 29th, 30th, and 31st) and the first week of June (June 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th).

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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Cardinals Drop Back To 21st After Draft

Now that the NFL draft is over, most teams are looking forward to the beginning of their summer offseason programs. What a better time that to release SB Nation's latest batch of Power Rankings!

Unfortunately the draft didn't do much good for the Cardinals power rank, dropping them from 18th to 21st in SB Nation's latest installment.

Here is Joel Thorman with the commentary:

21. Arizona Cardinals (8-8, LW: 18): Love the addition of Michael Floyd. But who's going to be completing those passes? Receivers only take you so far.

The fact of the matter is that there are multiple question marks surrounding multiple facets of the team as a whole, and wide receiver was certainly further down the line in terms of need compared, to say, the offensive line. Nevertheless Arizona has to play the cards they were dealt, hopefully that equates to more victories in 2012.

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NFL Draft Grades: How Did The NFC West Fare In The Draft?

Grading the 2012 NFL Draft for the teams of the NFC West

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select Tyler Bray

Is it too early to start thinking of the 2013 NFL Draft? Absolutely. This did not stop SB Nation's draft website Mocking the Draft from attempting to craft a mock draft for next spring.

Matthew Fairburn has the Arizona Cardinals selecting Tyler Bray out of Tennessee with the No. 5 overall pick.

Bray's 2011 season was limited due to a midseason thumb injury. After missing five games starting in mid-October, Bray returned for the Volunteers last two games but struggled, throwing four interceptions and completing below 50 percent of his passes. In seven games, Bray threw for 1983 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He is quickly turning into one of the school's most prolific passers.

The Volunteers quarterback has looked solid so far in his spring workouts. This past weekend, he participated in the team's spring game and performed well.

Here is some game tape of Bray from an early game against Cincinnatti:

Tyler Bray vs Cincinnati Bearcats (via TitanLegend9l27l89)

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Arizona Cardinals Sign 17 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents

The Arizona Cardinals have picked a bunch of new players outside the 2012 NFL Draft to workout at their training camps. How many of these players will eventually make the final cut?

Here's the list of the seventeen players that the Cardinals have ended up signing outside of the draft.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select Jarvis Jones

The Arizona Cardinals tried to fix a lot of their most pressing issues on the offensive line and in the receiving game in the 2012 NFL Draft by selecting players like Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, Ole Miss offensive tackle Bobby Massie, and Washington offensive guard Senio Kelemete. One place where they still need to shore things up is in the pass rushing game. The Cardinals have a decent front but not one that moves worlsd.

Ryan Van Bibber released his first mock for the 2013 NFL Draft, and it has the Cardinals drafting fairly high, meaning that improvement is probably not expected next season. With the fifth overall pick, they take a big-time pass rusher.

Jones looks like the top pure rushing linebacker in the draft. The Cardinals cannot pass on him.

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Cardinals 2012 NFL Draft Grades: Arizona Winds Up With Solid Draft, According To Analysts

The Arizona Cardinals may have quietly had one of the most solid performances in the 2012 NFL Draft, addressing positions of need and picking up quality prospects throughout the event.

Sports Illustrated has released their complete grades for the 2012 NFL Draft. Here is how the Cardinals fared:

Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald badly needed some help at wide receiver, and the Cardinals hope that Michael Floyd will provide it. Not having a second-round pick hurt the final product, but CB Jamell Fleming (No. 80 overall) is a decent fit and Bobby Massie was a steal at 112. Adding offensive linemen Senio Kelemte and Nate Potter late ought to help a shaky unit. Grade: B

The Cardinals are hoping to have a bounceback season in 2012, but the draft may have been the first big step in that direction.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Cardinals Receive A 'C' For Pragmatic Draft Class

The 2012 NFL Draft is all said and done, and the Arizona Cardinals have themselves a bunch of new toys to play with.

Ryan Van Bibber over at SB Nation has gone through all the picks, combed through every team's decision and graded them accordingly. Below is the Arizona Cardinals final mark for the draft, a 'C' for all their efforts this year:

I like Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald working together. This pick confused some people, but a pair of receivers like that can lift an offense up pretty far. They needed help on the offensive line, and got a steal with Ole Miss tackle Bobbie Massie in the third round.

Arizona also added some guard depth with Senio Kelemete and Nate Potter, who played tackle at Boise State. This draft class is a technocrat's dream.

Scientifically (for the technocrats, you know), the Cardinals did seem to plug in variables where they had a perceived insufficiency on their roster, though there simply isn't enough data to yet support or deny the efficiency of these relatively still untested variables.

Nevertheless it looks like a well-run experiment on paper, but the proof in the pudding will come once it's put into practice on the game field.

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NFL Draft Grades: Arizona Cardinals Get B- From Mel Kiper

With the NFL Draft complete, it is time for fans and experts to begin blindly grading how teams did with their selections. Although completely premature, everyone wants to put a letter grade on each team's draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper does this every year and has already released his draft grades (must have Insider access to read whole article).

The Arizona Cardinals got a pretty good grade overall. In addressing needs (according to him it was offensive line, receiver, linebacker, defensive end and safety), Kiper gave them a C+. For value, a B+. Overall? A B-.

Here's why:

Having Michael Floyd in this lineup will help Larry Fitzgerald and Kevin Kolb. If they can find a way to pass block, Floyd's presence should tell the Cardinals if they have their QB of the future, or whether they need to go back to the drawing board. But I'm not sure they can protect. Bobby Massie is one of the better values of the draft at No. 112 overall, and could provide an upgrade. Justin Bethel is an interesting developmental pick out of tiny Presbyterian. He has elite speed. The Cardinals took three tackles, so it's clear they're hoping they strike gold once or twice. If they did, they got their top two needs. After that, it's just OK. No help in the pass rush, or at outside linebacker. I also thought they could use a safety. If Floyd plays the way he did in 2011, and keeps focused, he should be a pretty good one.

While true that the Cardinals did not address the pass rush, it is clear that they are pretty comfortable with who they have already.

And Kiper is slightly misinformed at the pick of Bethel and the safety position. While Bethel was a cornerback in college, the team already lists him at safety.

Naturally, these grades are only a guess. We will need three years to really get an idea at how good a draft this was.

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2012 NFL Draft: More On Cardinals Draft Pick Senio Kelemete

Senio Kelemete, the Arizona Cardinals' fifth round draft pick addressed one of the team's most pressing needs, their offensive line.

The former Washington Huskies offensive tackle started all 13 games in 2011 and was a team captain for the second straight season. Kelemete took home of the award for the team's best offensive lineman at the end of the year banquet.

Though Kelemete played tackle in college, he will be more suited to play guard in the NFL. Kelemete is a tough, athletic and is starter material in the NFL.

Here are his measurements and NFL combine results:

  • 6-4, 307lbs, 33.5",
  • 40 time: 5.52 seconds
  • Bench: 21 reps
  • Vertical: 25'
  • Broad: 08'05"
  • Shuttle: 4.58 seconds
  • Cone: 7.77 seconds

According to his NFL Combine scouting report, Kelemete is an athlete who can come off the ball fast and get in good position for blocks. His weaknesses include some technique deficiencies.
Blocks through the whistle and doesn't give up on the play when the protection starts to break downs. Aggressive at times and flashes a mean streak but not a mauler. Doesn't show enough of a killer instinct. (Via: ESPN)
Kelemete was interviewed by NEPatriotsDraft writer Doug Kyed at the Senior Bowl in January:

Senio Kelemete 1/23/2012 Senior Bowl Interview (via AFCEastDraft)

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2012 NFL Draft: Cardinals Draft San Diego State QB Ryan Lindley

With the 185th pick overall and the 15th pick of the sixth round, the Arizona Cardinals selected QB Ryan Lindley out of San Diego State.

The 6'3" 229lb red shirt senior has a cannon of an arm and was expected to go well before the sixth round, but problems with the accuracy of that cannon may have been what drove his draft stock down. He earned Offensive Player of the Year honors repeatedly at San Diego, and has significantly better accuracy on short throws where he is able to set his feet.

The Cardinals entered the draft looking for help at wide receiver and on the offensive line, which they were able to do with the selection of Michael Floyd in round one and Bobby Massie and Senio Kelemete in rounds four and five respectively. They still have one pick remaining in the seventh round, and they may look to bolster their defensive defense, either in the backfield or the linebacker position.

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2012 NFL Draft (News): Cardinals Draft CB Justin Bethel In 6th Round

With the 177th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have drafted Justin Bethel, a cornerback out of Presbyterian College. He had a strong 2011 season, with four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and was named the Big South player of the year.

Bethel started all four years at Presbyterian, during which he totaled nine blocked kicks. His 2011 season included 3 of those blocks, plus a punt return for a touchdown. His special teams ability may have been what drove the Cardinals pick, but his size and athleticism make him an attractive sixth round pick as well. He raised some eyebrows with video of a 60 inch box jump, and managed 39.5 at the Combine, the best for his position. Coming out of the Big South, there will be a sizeable adjustment if Bethel wants to play at the NFL level, but if he puts in the work could see playing time with special teams and beyond.

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NFL Draft 2012: Arizona Cardinals Select Senio Kelemete In Fifth Round

After two somewhat questionable days at the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have done a fine job of addressing their biggest need on day three. With their offensive line is desperate need of help, the team selected offensive guard Senio Kelemete in the fifth round. This selection comes after taking offensive tackle Bobby Massie in the fourth round.

Kelemete was a standout with the University of Washington last season and was projected to be a mid-round pick by most. At 6'3 and 310 pounds, you can bet he will be a load on the offensive line in Phoenix for years to come.

Here is more on Kelemete from Sports Illustrated:

Kelemete has shown terrific progress the past two seasons and is much more athletic than his size/speed numbers would lead one to believe. He offers potential in a zone blocking scheme and should be a versatile rotational lineman at the next level.

Sure seems like a solid value pick for the Cardinals. look for Kelemete to fight for playing time right out of the gate next season.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Fourth Round Wraps Up, Cardinals Select Bobby Massie

The 2012 NFL Draft has reached its final day and everyone is looking to fill any remaining voids on the roster and locate those sleepers who can be so huge for a franchise down the road. The Arizona Cardinals solidified their offensive line with the selection of OT Bobby Massie in the fourth round, a pick many liked after Massie dropped a round or two from where he was projected to go.

Here is a complete recap of the fourth round.

1 St. Louis Chris Givens (WR) W Forest
2 Miami Lamar Miller (RB) Miami
3 Baltimore Gino Gradkowski (OG) Delaware
4 Houston Ben Jones (C) Georgia
5 Cleveland Travis Benjamin (WR) Miami
6 Denver Omar Bolden (CB) Arizona St
7 Washington Kirk Cousins (QB) Mich St
8 Carolina Frank Alexander (DE) Oklahoma
9 Carolina Joe Adams (WR) Arkansas
10 Buffalo Nigel Bradham (OLB) Florida St
11 Seattle Robert Turbin (RB) Utah St
12 Kansas City Devon Wylie (WR) Fresno St
13 Denver Philip Blake (C) Baylor
14 Pittsburgh Alameda Ta'amu (DT) Washington
15 San Diego Ladarius Green (TE) La Lafayette
16 Chicago Evan Rodriguez (TE) Temple
17 Arizona Bobby Massie (OT) Ole Miss
18 Dallas Kyle Wilber (OLB) W Forest
19 Seattle Jaye Howard (DT) Florida
20 Tennessee Coty Sensabaugh (CB) Clemson
21 Cincinnati Orson Charles (TE) Georgia
22 San Francisco Joe Looney (OG) W Forest
23 Minnesota Jarius Wright (WR) Arkansas
24 Washington Keenan Robinson (OLB) Texas
25 Cleveland James-Michael Johnson (ILB) Nevada
26 Houston Keshawn Martin (WR) Mich St
27 New Orleans Nick Toon (WR) Wisconsin
28 Philadelphia Brandon Boykin (CB) Georgia
29 Buffalo Ron Brooks (CB) LSU
30 Detroit Ronnell Lewis (OLB) Oklahoma
31 Houston Jared Crick (DE) Nebraska
32 NY Giants Adrien Robinson (TE) Cincy
33 Minnesota Rhett Ellison (FB) USC
34 Oakland Miles Burris (OLB) SDSU
35 Baltimore Christian Thompson (S) SC St
36 NY Giants Brandon Mosley (OT) Auburn
37 Green Bay Mike Daniels (DT) Iowa
38 Green Bay Jerron Mcmillian (S) Maine
39 Minnesota Greg Childs (WR) Arkansas
40 Dallas Matt Johnson (S) E Wash

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NFL Draft 2012: Arizona Cardinals Select Bobby Massie In 4th Round

The Arizona Cardinals had a big need to fill along the offensive line at the 2012 NFL Draft. It might have come a few rounds later than what most fans expected, but the Cardinals filled that void with offensive tackle Bobby Massie in the fourth round with the 112th overall pick. Many had the big OT projected for the second or third round, so it is a bit surprising he was still on the board in the fourth.

Here is more on Massie from Sports Illustrated:

Massie provided immediate impact as a freshman at Mississippi, and is a large lineman with a developing game. He possesses growth potential and should only get better as he physically matures and improves the details of his position.

The issues with Massie appear to be his technique and getting him to go all-out on every snap, but he is undoubtably talented. He will need some time to develop, but he has one of the higher upsides of any lineman available this weekend. At 6'6 and 310 pounds, you can bet he will be a load to handle on the offensive line in Arizona.

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2012 NFL Draft: More On Cardinals 3rd Round Pick Jamell Fleming

Sometimes the draft isn't about prospecting and speculation but taking the best player on the board at that time, regardless of whether or not he fits directly into your squad. Or that at least seems to be the reasoning behind the Arizona Cardinals picking Oklahoma Sooner cornerback Jamell Fleming, making him the ninth cornerback on the squad that will be looking for playing time.

The Cardinals were very high on Fleming and felt that they couldn't pass him by. Ken Wisenhunt said:

In the Big 12, they spread you out and he did a nice job in some of those games when he was forced into that role. With today's NFL, you know you are going to see multiple-receiver sets, and you can't have enough of these kinds of guys.

Many pundits and fans were expecting the Cardinals to draft a little bit more for need this year and to try and plug some holes on the offensive line through the draft. GM Rod Graves said that isn't the case and that there will be multiple chances to do that as the year progresses.

We're looking for an opportunity to address the offensive line, but you don't want to do it at the expense of other players who bring more to your football team. We feel like Jamell certainly has the potential to do that.

Wisenhunt also liked what Fleming can bring to special teams. From Wisenhunt's post-draft day comments it is clear that the Cardinals were drafting the best player on the board and not for a perceived need.

We didn’t try and fit a perceived need as compared to finding a fit for you, and that’s what we see Jamell as.

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Cardinals Draft Picks 2012: When Arizona's Name Gets Called

The Arizona Cardinals had a very relaxing Friday of the 2012 NFL Draft in Radio City Music Hall. The team only had a third round pick to make. Here are the lucky two they have chosen so far.

Round 1 – Pick 13: WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame University

Round 3 – Pick 80: CB Jamell Fleming from Oklahoma University

Arizona picks up one extra draft pick in the 6th round from the Tim Hightower trade, and as it stands will make the following picks:

Round 4 – Pick 112

Round 5 – Pick 151

Round 6 – Pick 177 (from Washington Redskins)

Round 6 – Pick 185

Round 7 – Pick 221

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2012 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, Start Time And More

Another day, another two rounds for people to chat over the water cooler (if you work on weekends). The Cardinals did not have a second round pick. In the third round they chose Oklahoma Sooner cornerback Jamell Flemming.

Today marks the last day of the 2012 NFL Draft, which starts at 9 AM PST. Here is what you need to know to milk the most out of the last day of glorious speculation.

Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York City

ESPN Coverage: Trey Wingo will host with analysts Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. Chris Mortensen, Bill Polian and Adam Schefter will also provide news and analysis from a second set within Radio City.

NFL Network Coverage: Rich Eisen will host with analysts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis alongside. Michael Lombardi and Jason La Canfora are manning the news desk, with assistance at times from Les Miles, David Shaw and Brian Billick.

Online Stream: NFL.com

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New Arizona Cardinals Draft Pick Jamell Fleming Very Confident he Can Contribute

The Arizona Cardinals drafted Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming with their third round pick Friday night. It was a surprise to say the least, as the team's greatest need is on the offensive line. After the selection, writers were able to talk to him and get some quotes. He showed great confidence in his ability and how ready he is for the NFL.

Fleming, in addition to cornerback, is able to play a little safety, which will give the defense some flexibility. But as for what he can do on defense, he said this:

"They say the NFL is a passing league, and that's all we did in the Big 12 was pass."

He is absolutely right. He was playing opposite players like Oklahoma State stud receiver Justin Blackmon.

But playing on defense is not the only thing he can do. He sounded kind of like Patrick Peterson in confidence.

"I got a highlight reel just on special teams."

Interesting. He will need to be able to contribute on special teams to see much playing time this season. Rarely do the Cardinals play rookies right away.

Fleming was a pick that the Cardinals said they simply could not pass up. Hopefully he can make contributions early on and all season.

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NFL Draft Results: Arizona Cardinals Take CB Jamell Fleming With 3rd Round Pick

The Arizona Cardinals had to wait a while, but they final were able to make their selection in the NFL Draft on Friday. They did not have a second round selection because of the trade they made last offseason to acquire quarterback Kevin Kolb, so they had to wait until the 17th pick of the third round. With that pick,they selected Jamell Fleming, a cornerback from the Oklahoma Sooners. These NFL Draft 2012 results confirm the projection for Fleming, whose stock dropped to a second day pick after a poor combine.

Fleming's play speaks for itself. He's a two-time first-team All-Big 12 player who impressed at the Senior Bowl. However, a very average 4.53 40-yard dash time at combine and less than ideal size at 5-11 likely cost him a chance to be a first-round pick.

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NFL Draft Results: ASU QB Brock Osweiler Among 2nd Round Picks

IN the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, there was some action again. The New York Jets traded with the Seattle Seahawks to draft Stephen Hill. The Packers traded with the Philadelphia Eagles for the pick that used to belong to the Arizona Cardinals, which they traded to acquire Kevin Kolb. And, beyond the trades, the first player from Arizona or Arizona State was drafted -- ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler, who was taken by the Denver Broncos.

Listed below is the complete list of second round picks:

2.33 - St. Louis Rams: WR Brian Quick
2.34 - Indianpolis Colts: TE Coby Fleener
2.35 - Baltimore Ravens (from Vikings): OLB Courtney Upshaw
2.36 - Denver Broncos (from Buccaneers): DT Derek Wolfe
2.37 - Cleveland Browns: OT Mitchell Schwartz
2.38 - Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Andre Branch
2.39 - St. Louis Rams (from Redskins): CB Janoris Jenkins
2.40 - Carolina Panthers: OG Amini Silatolu
2.42 - Miami Dolphins: OT Jonathan Martin
2.43 - New York Jets (from Seattle): WR Stephen Hill
2.44 - Kansas City Chiefs: OT Jeff Allen
2.45 - Chicago Bears (from Cowboys via Rams): WR Alshon Jeffrey
2.46 - Philadelphia Eagles: LB Mychal Kendricks
2.47 - Seattle Seahawks (from Jets): LB Bobby Wagner
2.48 - New England Patriots (from Raiders): Tavon Wilson
2.49 - San Diego Chargers: DT Kendall Reyes
2.50 - St. Louis Rams (from Bears): RB Isaiah Pead
2.51 - Green Bay Packers (from Cardinals via Eagles) - DT Jerel Worthy
2.52 - Tennessee Titans - OLB Zach Brown
2.53 - Cincinnati Bengals - DT Devon Still
2.54 - Detroit Lions - WR Ryan Broyles
2.55 - Atlanta Falcons - C Peter Konz
2.56 - Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Mike Adams
2.57 - Denver Bronocs - QB Brock Osweiler
2.58 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Texans) - OLB Lavonte David
2.59 - Philadelphia Eagles (from Packers) - DE Vinny Curry
2.60 - Baltimore Ravens - OT Kelechi Osemel
2.61 - San Francisco 49ers - RB LaMichael James
2.62 - Green Bay Packers (from Patriots) - DB Casey Hayward
2.63 - New York Giants - WR Rueben Randle

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NFL Draft 2012: Ken Whisenhunt Comments On Draft Pick Michael Floyd

Cardinals GM Rod Graves noted after the fact that while Arizona was sitting at the 13th pick, there were trade offers in hand. In the end, they decided WR Michael Floyd was just too good to pass up.

"There's been a lot of talk about us needing a No. 2 (receiver)," Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We've added another good young player to the mix.

"One of the things our defense said is when you have a player like that it can create matchup problems."

When you have a receiver like Floyd, you can certainly cause mismatch problems. When you have a receiver like Floyd opposite one Larry Fitzgerald, the word "problems" could probably be substituted with "nightmares".

This idea is not lost on the Cardinals star receiver either, who had been lobbying with the front office to draft Floyd with the 13th pick. Fitz may lose a few targets, but it simply makes the Cardinals offense as a whole that much more dangerous.

Said Whisenhunt: "I think it says a lot about Larry when one of your best players is engaged with what the team is doing and when a receiver, who wants the ball thrown to him every down, is willing to bring in a guy that will spread the receptions out."

That said...

"Larry is not as involved in the process as much as a lot of people think he is. But certainly, Larry likes him."

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Cardinals Receive A 'B' For Selecting Michael Floyd

The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books and SB Nation's resident NFL guru Joel Thorman has placed his stamp of approval/disapproval on each and every pick with his first round draft grades.

The Arizona Cardinals did well in the eyes of Thorman, placing a hearty 'B-Good But Not Elite' grade on their selection of wide receiver Michael Floyd.

Cardinals: Michael Floyd teams with Larry Fitzgerald. An offensive tackle could've been a consideration as well. Receivers should soon be the strength of the Cards again.

Even though they missed out on a lot of solid offensive lineman talent, Floyd will likely be a fan favorite and big time playmaker for years to come down in the desert.

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NFL Draft Order 2012: Arizona Cardinals Hold No. 17 Third Round Pick

Who else will be drafted by the Arizona Cardinals? After making their selection of wide receiver Michael Floyd at No. 13, the Cardinals hold the 17th pick in the third round (80th overall).

Arizona has addressed their need at wide receiver with the Floyd Pick and are now likely to pursue an offensive lineman or a pass rusher with their pick in the third round.

Complete second round draft order:

1. (33) Rams
2. (34) Colts
3. (35) Ravens (From Vikings)
4. (36) Broncos (From Buccaneers)
5. (37) Browns
6. (38) Jaguars
7. (39) Rams (From Redskins)
8. (40) Panthers
9. (41) Bills
10. (42) Dolphins
11. (43) Seahawks
12. (44) Chiefs
13. (45) Rams (From Cowboys)
14. (46) Eagles
15. (47) Jets
16. (48) Patriots (From Raiders)
17. (49) Chargers
18. (50) Bears
19. (51) Eagles (From Cardinals)
20. (52) Titans
21. (53) Bengals
22. (54) Lions
23. (55) Falcons
24. (56) Steelers
25. (57) Broncos
26. (58) Texans
27. (59) Packers
28. (60) Ravens
29. (61) 49ers
30. (62) Patriots
31. (63) Giants

Here are the rest of the Cardinals' picks in the draft:

  • No. 17 in the fourth round (112th overall)
  • No. 16 in the fifth round (151st overall)
  • No. 7 in sixth round (177th overall)
  • No. 15 in sixth round (185th overall)
  • No. 14 in seventh round (221st overall)

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2012 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The 2012 NFL Draft got started on Thursday and the results of the first round were far more unpredictable and frantic than anyone could have expected. Plenty of trades were made as teams moved up and down the draft order to grab their choice from among the top college football players in the country.

The Arizona Cardinals made their first pick of 2012 as they selected Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd as the overall No. 13 pick of the draft. On Friday, the second and third rounds of the draft will take place from the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Time: The second day of the 2012 NFL Draft will begin at 4:00 p.m. PT and will go until 8:30 p.m. PT.

TV: Once again, the event will be simulcast on both ESPN and the NFL Network.

Commentators: On ESPN, Chris Berman will host the desk at Radio City Music Hall, along with analysts Mel Kiper and Jon Gruden. Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Suzy Kolber will provide additional reporting.

On the NFL Network, Rich Eisen will be joined by a cadre of network analysts.

Online Coverage: NFL.com will once again carry the NFL Network feed. You can find the live stream coverage of Day 2 here, starting at 3:30 p.m. PT.

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Cardinals Draft Picks 2012: When Arizona Will Pick In Rounds 2 & 3

On Friday, the 2012 NFL Draft will roll into its second day, which will feature the complete second and third rounds of the annual event. The first round of selection on Thursday was unpredictable above all else, as beyond the top six picks, all previous speculation seemed to go out the window.

Amid furious trading to move up and down the order in the first round, the Arizona Cardinals stood strong with the No. 13 overall pick and chose to beef up their passing game by selecting Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd. On Friday, the Cardinals will need to figure out what their next move will be.

The Cardinals do not have a pick in the second round of this year's draft, but will have the 18th pick in the third round, which will be the No. 80 selection overall.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: Picks 21-32 Feature Numerous Trades, Surprises

The final picks of the first round are finally in, wrapping up a wild first day of the 2012 NFL Draft. With the new salary restrictions in place, teams were free

21. New England Patriots (from Bengals): Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse Orange

22. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma St. Cowboys

23. Detroit Lions: Riley Rieff, OT, Iowa Hawkeyes

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford Cardinal

25. New England Patriots (from Broncos): Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama Crimson Tide

26. Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois Illini

27: Cincinnati Bengals (from Saints): Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin Badgers

28. Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, LB, USC Trojans

29. Minnesota Vikings (from Ravens): Harrison Smith, DB, Notre Dame Irish

30. San Francisco 49ers: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois Illini

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Broncos): Doug Martin, RB, Boise State Broncos

32. New York Giants: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech Hokies

The second and third rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft will begin on Friday evening.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Trades, Selections Slow Down With Picks 11-20

While the first 10 picks were a whirlwind in the 2012 NFL Draft, the next 10 was simply windy. The Philadelphia Eagles moved up to the number 12 pick ahead of the Arizona Cardinals. Luckily, they did not take a player that the Cards were reported to have interest in.

The shocking thing is that where offensive linemen were expected to get drafted high, still only Matt Kalil has been taken.

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

12. Philadelphia Eagles (from Seahawks): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi state

13. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

14. St. Louis Rams (from Cowboys): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

15. Seattle Seahawks (from Eagles): Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia

16. New York Jets: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Raiders): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

18. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

19. Chicago Bears: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State

20. Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

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Arizona Cardinals Take WR Michael Floyd With 13th Pick Of The 2012 NFL Draft

After seeing almost all their possible targets not get selected with the first 13 picks, the Arizona Cardinals had their choice of players that were rumored to be possible picks for Arizona. Receiver Michael Floyd, linebacker Melvin Ingram and tackle Riley Reiff were all on the board when pick number 13 came around.

In the end, when the announcement was made, the pick was Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd, whom Larry Fitzgerald hoped the team would take.

According to Mocking the Draft, he is the rated as the second-best WR prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft and No. 17 prospect overall, according to Mocking The Draft's rankings. The scouting report on Floyd from Mocking The Draft says that he has the strength and technique to separate from press coverage at the line of scrimmage, that he works well on underneath routes and excels against zone coverage.



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2012 NFL Draft: The 1st Ten Picks (With Lots Of Trades)

The first few picks of the 2012 NFL Draft came went pretty quickly and there were several moves. The Washington Redskins had already made a trade to move up the the second pick. On draft day, the Cleveland Browns traded to move up one spot from the fourth to the third. Then the Jacksonville Jaguars traded from the eighth pick to the sixth pick. After that, the Dallas Cowboys traded up from the 14th spot to the sixth pick.

The Arizona Cardinals pick at 13, but they are not expected to trade up. They might want to trade down to gain more picks.

Here is how the top of the draft looks now:

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
  2. Washington Redskins (from Rams): Robert Griffin, III, QB, Baylor
  3. Cleveland Browns (from Vikings): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
  4. Minnesota Vikings (from Browns): Matt Kalil, OT, USC
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Buccaneers): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
  6. Dallas Cowboys (from Redskins through Rams): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Jaguars): Mark Barron, S, Alabama
  8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  10. Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

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NFL Draft 2012: First Round Draft Order For All 32 Picks

The Arizona Cardinals find themselves in an interesting spot in this year's NFL draft, having the option to take a multitude of talented players with their first round pick. Much of the reasoning behind their choice will be decided before they even make a pick, having to take what is left after the top 10 picks are already made.

The Rams will have the first pick amongst the NFC West, owning the No. 6 pick in the draft, followed by the Seahawks and No. 12, then the Cardinals at No. 13. San Francisco won't make their first pick until third to last in the first round at No. 30.

Below is the complete order of picks in the first round, with links to the corresponding SB Nation blog as well.

1 - Indianapolis Colts, STAMPEDE BLUE

2 - Washington Redskins, HOGS HAVEN

3 - Minnesota Vikings, THE DAILY NORSEMAN

4 - Cleveland Browns, DAWGS BY NATURE

5 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers, BUCS NATION

6 - St. Louis Rams, TURF SHOW TIMES

7 - Jacksonville Jaguars, BIG CAT COUNTRY

8 - Miami Dolphins, THE PHINSIDER

9 - Carolina Panters, CAT SCRATCH READER

10 - Buffalo Bills, BUFFALO RUMBLINGS

11 - Kansas City Chiefs, ARROWHEAD PRIDE

12 - Seattle Seahawks, FIELD GULLS

13 - Arizona Cardinals, REVENGE OF THE BIRDS

14 - Dallas Cowboys, BLOGGING THE BOYS

15 - Philadelphia Eagles, BLEEDING GREEN NATION

16 - New York Jets, GANG GREEN NATION

17 - Cincinnati Bengals, CINCY JUNGLE

18 - San Diego Chargers, BOLTS FROM THE BLUE

19 - Chicago Bears, WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

20 - Tennessee Titans, MUSIC CITY MIRACLE

21 - Cincinnati Bengals, CINCY JUNGLE

22 - Cleveland Browns, DAWGS BY NATURE

23 - Detroit Lions, PRIDE OF DETROIT

24 - Pittsburgh Steelers, BEHIND THE STEEL CURTAIN

25 - Denver Broncos, MILE HIGH REPORT

26 - Houston Texans, BATTLE RED BLOG

27 - New England Patriots, PATS PULPIT

28 - Green Bay Packers, ACME PACKING COMPANY

29 - Baltimore Ravens: BALTIMORE BEATDOWN

30 - San Francisco 49ers: NINERS NATION

31 - New England Patriots, PATS PULPIT

32 - New York Giants, BIG BLUE VIEW

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2012 NFL Draft: TV Times, Schedule, Online Stream, Announcers

The mocking is over, the 2012 NFL draft is here for real.

All 32 NFL teams get set to make their selections this weekend, using all the scouting and intuition of each organization's braintrust in hopes of landing a future hall of famer.

Below is the viewing information for the entire draft, starting on Thursday evening and running though Saturday night.

When:

  • Thursday, April 26 at 8 PM ET (Round 1)
  • Friday, April 27 at 7 PM ET (Rounds 2-3)
  • Saturday April 29 at 12 PM ET (Rounds 4-7)

Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York City

ESPN Coverage: Chris Berman (host), Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper, Jr. (analysts on desk), NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter (separate set), Suzy Kolber (reporting and interviews) and Bill Polian (analyst from Bristol)

NFL Network Coverage: Rich Eisen (host), Mike Mayock, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci and Michael Irvin (analysts on desk), Insiders Michael Lombardi and Jason La Canfora (news desk), Deion Sanders (on stage) and Melissa Stark (red carpet and green room reporter)

Online Stream: NFL.com

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: All Seven Rounds of Arizona Cardinals Picks

With less than 24 hours before the start of the 2012 NFL Draft, NFL fans in all corners of the globe are waiting with faded breath for who their favorite teams will be selecting this year.

NFL.com's Chad Reuter has been keeping himself uber-busy with his complete seven round mock draft, with each and every pick made by the Arizona Cardinals mapped out. You can check out his selections below.

First round:

13. Cordy Glenn, OT/OG, Georgia. The Cardinals must find a tackle to pair with Levi Brown, and Glenn showed scouts at the Senior Bowl he has the footwork to handle it.

(No second round pick)

Third round:

80. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona. Keeping Criner in the state gives the team an option when Larry Fitzgerald is bracketed.

Fourth round:

112. Senio Kelemete, OG/OT, Washington. Arizona continues to rebuild its line with a versatile lineman who can compete for playing time right away or move to tackle when Levi Brown's time is done.

Fifth round:

151. Emmanuel Acho, OLB, Texas

Sixth round:

177. Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion

Seventh round:

185. DaJohn Harris, DT, USC

Personally I think these are some solid choices for the Cardinals, especially with their first round pick of Cordy Glenn and in-state talent Juron Criner out of Arizona. Former Texas standout and current Cardinal Sam Acho's little brother Emmanuel could also be a solid late round selection, while netting some more Pac-12 talent in DaJohn Harris and Senio Kelemete as well.

Now well have to see how many of these Reuter gets correct.

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