The Arizona Cardinals lost in the first round of the playoffs because of a multitude of injuries, particularly at the quarterback position, and they’re looking to make the offseason moves necessary to get them back to the postseason. Here are the players they’re targeting in the first round of the draft to make that happen:
Gordon ran for 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns last year for Wisconsin, and he fell just a few yards short of Barry Sanders’ record for most all-purpose yards in a single season. Arizona really needs an upgrade in the backfield, and Gordon's combination of vision, speed, and power should allow him to make an immediate impact at the next level.
Arizona's defense is the bread and butter of their team, but injuries and free agency losses have really depleted their depth. Dupree had the athleticism to play either outside linebacker or defensive end, and has the skills to make an immediate impact rushing the passer.
3) QB Bryce Petty, Baylor
The Cardinals really need to find depth at the quarterback position because of Carson Palmer's injury history, so they could reach for a QB late in the first round. Petty has surprising athleticism and elite arm-strength, and Arizona would be smart to see if he can develop into a starting-caliber player for them.
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