Kiper mock update: Cardinals at No. 26

April, 7, 2010
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Mel Kiper's latest mock draft, available with commentary Insider to Insider subscribers, features quite a few changes.

I'm providing updated thoughts, focusing first on the Cardinals (additional analysis here):

26. Arizona Cardinals

Mel's latest pick: Sean Weatherspoon, ILB, Missouri

My thoughts: A consensus is building that the Cardinals will address inside linebacker early in the draft. This could be because their defensive coordinator, Bill Davis, said the team would take that approach. Drafting a nose tackle might make more sense in theory, but it's tough to find a highly-rated one likely to be available in this slot. The Cardinals addressed outside linebacker by adding Joey Porter in free agency. That move makes it easier to search for Dansby's replacement in the draft. Kiper had TCU outside linebacker Jerry Hughes headed to Arizona previously. Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams was his projection for the Cardinals before that. Hughes fell past Arizona in the latest mock, with Williams long gone.

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