Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 4/28/12

It has been a nice change of pace on day 3 of the NFL draft, as the Cardinals have been able to address their lack of offensive line talent and added two new players who will likely come in and compete right away for a starting position.

Add in the phenomenal Michael Floyd pick, and a potential #2 cornerback to pair with Patrick Peterson and you have yourself the makings of a very strong and important draft class for the Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals 2012 Draft.

Round 1

13) Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame

How he fits: Obviously the Cardinals were in need of someone to step up and take the pressure off of Larry Fitzgerald, and the Cardinals brass believe Floyd has that ability.

He’s a strong, physical WR, in the same mold as Larry, with a little more straight line speed, but doesn’t always play as fast as the numbers say he is.

Needs to tighten up his route running, and work on getting better separation in his routes but working with Fitz should help with that.

Round 3

80) Jamell Fleming, CB Oklahoma

 

Why he fits: Fleming is excellent in and out of his backpedal, has great hips that make up for his average speed, that allows him to never give up to much separation against the WR.

Has good press man ability getting physical at the line of scrimmage, but his smallish frame can get him overwhelmed at times.

Excellent ball skills, recognizes and makes his breaks and gets to the ball without giving up penalties.

Round 4

112) Bobby Massie, OT Ole Miss

Pay attention at 1:50 where he pancakes newest Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

Well the Cardinals are going to get a very good player, who is pissed off after he was hearing round 1 chatter, and it was thought to be a lock he would be gone at the beginning of round 2.

  • Light on his feet and quickly engages his defender.
  • Well proportioned, long armed and strong build.
  • Can physically dominate people at times.
  • Is just average in his lateral speed.

Played right tackle, but with a strong kick and good anchor projects as a left tackle at the next level, but let’s allow him to develop.

Round 5

151) Senio Kelemete, OG Washington

Kelemete played LT for Washington

Young in his development as an offensive lineman, but has all the attributes you want in a guard.

Great build, good strength in his lower half and does a great job getting to blocks in the running game.

Needs to clean up his footwork and make sure he gets a body on his man every time.

His strength and huge upside didn’t move to the offensive line until 2009, makes him an offensive line coaches dream.  His movement in space, and ability to get to the second level could really be a fit.

Round 6 and 7 picks will be updated as they are picked.


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