By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on April 28, 2014
The Arizona Cardinals won 10 games in Bruce Arians’ first season as head coach in 2013, but they missed the playoffs.
Here are five draft sleepers who would be a good fit for the Cardinals, as they look to take the next step in a tough NFC West while building for the future.
Lynch had five sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss at South Florida last season after transferring from Notre Dame. He did not produce at a level on par with his physical tools during his two college seasons, which can be interpreted as a lack of intensity or a suggestion of untapped potential.
Johnson is a bit undersized (297 lbs.), but his athletic ability and intangibles could appeal to the Cardinals if they want to add competition for Bradley Sowell at left tackle.
The Cardinals need an upgrade at tight end with Rob Housler not showing much through three seasons. Gilmore started his college career as a defensive end, and still needs to polish his all-around skills as a tight end, but he could be a weapon in Arizona’s passing game right away.
Lewis is a little undersized (5’10”, 211 lbs.), but his all-around production and skill set should not be ignored. He could start at strong safety for Arizona right out of the gate.
Carson Palmer is 34 years old with two years remaining on his contract, so the Cardinals need to think about securing a quarterback of the future.
Renner was unable to participate in parts of the pre-draft process as he recovered from surgery on his left shoulder that ended his senior season early, He would have some time to develop in Arizona, and looks like a good fit for the offensive system Arians favors.
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