That’s not a typo, folks. This team has no D.
Yes, I know. The Cardinals ranked last in rushing yards and 31st in passing yards last season. They have no offense, either. But they still need to draft defense. They were flat-out awful last year. Like Buffalo Bills bad. They went 1 and 5 in the NFC West. ‘Nuff said.
I know, I know. They have only second-year Fordham alum John Skelton and Browns castoff (!) Derek Anderson at QB. I don’t care. They could have had Red Skelton under center — if your D can’t make some stops, you’re never going to get into an offensive rhythm.
Obviously, Arizona could use help at QB. I like Skelton, mind you — Go Rams! — but if the Cards don’t sign a veteran or trade for Kevin Kolb, they might as well trade Larry Fitzgerald right now. No rookie is going to step in and be able to overcome this team’s defensive mediocrity — not even in the NFC West.
So they should draft defense in the first. A pass-rusher like Robert Quinn or a line-clogger like Nick Fairley will be there at No. 5. No one would complain if they drafted Patrick Peterson, either, who could easily fall to them. They need big bodies more than they do DBs, but Peterson is the draft’s best player.
And then draft defense in the second and third, too. OK, they need help on the offensive line, too. But this is a bad defense, folks. Have I mentioned that before?
If the Cards sign the aging Matt Hasselbeck rather than trading for Kolb (is there another team that’s been hurt more than the Cards by the uncertainty surrounding the NFL labor dispute?), they might take a QB in this draft. It just can’t be at No. 5 — or whatever later first-round pick they acquire when trading out of the five spot. Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick should be there when the Cards pick fifth in the third. He doesn’t mind playing in the desert.