2011 NFL Mock Draft Rounds 1-3: Arizona Cardinals Select Von Miller, Kyle Rudolph?
The 2011 NFL Draft kicks off in less than a week and a half and fans are swarming to the latest news, information and mock draft projections for their designated teams.
That means it’s time to uncover a personal tradition I started last year—unveiling the first three rounds, team-by-team, before the draft opens it’s highly anticipated doors.
Part five of the series continues with the Arizona Cardinals.
Round 1, Pick 5—Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
Sure, Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert are possible targets, but this is not a new regime with a brand new coach. While free agency won’t be chock-full of star quarterbacks who can play for the next decade, Ken Wisenhunt will find a solid, experienced veteran who can take immediate control of the franchise and lead the Cardinals back to the postseason. It will benefit John Skelton, too, who the team still has faith in down the road.
With this mind, Arizona snatches up Von Miller, who will not only seal a major void and bring nice coverage skills, excellent pressure and more explosiveness than TNT to the defense, but delivers a dramatic instantaneous impact.
Round 2, Pick 6—Benjamin Ijalana, G/OT, Villanova
Whoever is the starting quarterback in Arizona next season will feel much better if he doesn’t have to say a prayer every time he enters the huddle. In other words, improved protection and more weapons on offense are a must. Upgrades at guard and tackle are needed, so Villanova’s versatile Benjamin Ijalana is a can’t-miss prospect.
Round 3, Pick 5—Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
After placing a check mark next to improving the protection up front, Arizona restores its offense further with a sure steal and the top tight end in this year’s class—Kyle Rudolph, who is no relation to well-known musician Kevin Rudolf. Rudolph will provide a much-needed safety net over the middle of the field.
Top Five Needs
OLB, OL, QB, TE, DB
Verse(s) of This Piece
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