2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects the Arizona Cardinals Must Target

What Players Should the Arizona Cardinals Target on Day 3 of the Draft?

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More than most developing teams in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals have relied on a significant veteran presence to make them competitive. They’ll need to start getting better results from the draft, and with such a deep class this year they’re in a great position to find some gems. Here are five players who the Cardinals would be wise to target on day three.

5. Chidera Uzo-Diribe, DE, Colorado

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5. Chidera Uzo-Diribe, DE, Colorado

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Uzo-Diribe, who will likely be a late-round pick or go undrafted, is a great athlete and would have the opportunity to flourish as an outside linebacker in Arizona’s 3-4 defense. He did good work as a standup rusher and run defender at Colorado, and he could continue refining those skills with the Cardinals. As veterans Lorenzo Alexander, Matt Shaughnessy and John Abraham regress, Uzo-Diribe would be a nice developmental guy to have around.

4. Taylor Hart, DT, Oregon

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4. Taylor Hart, DT, Oregon

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Hart’s physical skills are more intriguing than his on-field production at this point, but he would be a great developmental pick, especially for a 3-4 team like the Cardinals. Hart might learn a thing or two from veteran Calais Campbell, who has a very similar skill set, and he would provide some needed depth for Arizona. They don’t currently have much at defensive end beyond Campbell and Darnell Dockett.

3. Brandon Linder, G/T, Miami

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3. Brandon Linder, G/T, Miami

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Despite the moves they’ve made this offseason, the Cardinals could still use some more depth up front and Linder would be a quality pickup. He has the size and skills to play both tackle and guard, and while he could stand to improve his athleticism, he is a guy who has a chance to be a starting guard at some point. He could battle right away for a spot, as the Cardinals haven’t brought in a proven replacement for Daryn Colledge.

2. Ronald Powell, DE/OLB, Florida

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2. Ronald Powell, DE/OLB, Florida

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The Cardinals need to build pass rushing depth behind their aging group of outside linebackers, and Powell would be a good fit. Powell played in a hybrid front at Florida, and if he can move past the injuries which held him back in college he could develop into a much more fearsome pass rusher. He’d have a chance to develop under the radar in Arizona, where John Abraham, Matt Shaughnessy and Sam Acho should play prominent roles this year.

1. Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State

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1. Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State

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Arizona could stand to upgrade at safety, and Zimmerman would be a good player to bring into the fold. He’s a smart player, and he can make an impact both in coverage and as a tackler. At the very worst he would be a solid special teamer, but it’s likely that Zimmerman could quickly pass up players such as Tony Jefferson and Rashad Johnson on the depth chart.


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