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The Cardinals hold the 31st, 63rd, 95th, 131st, 167th, 204th, 240th and 254th choices in the 2009 draft. For perspective, I've singled out the last four players chosen in those spots.
Teams have certainly found tight ends at No. 31 in recent years. The Bears drafted Greg Olsen (2007). The Ravens drafted Todd Heap (2001).
In 2005, my first year of NFL blogging, more than a few Seattle fans wanted the Seahawks to select linebacker Darryl Blackstock. The Cardinals drafted him instead at No. 95. They have the 95th pick again this year. Blackstock is the only linebacker drafted in that spot since the 49ers drafted Mitch Donahue from Wyoming in 1991.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was with the Steelers in 2006 when they drafted guard Willie Colon with the 131st overall choice. Colon has started every game over the last two seasons. Arizona could stand to find starting-caliber depth for its line at some point in the 2009 draft.
Whisenhunt was also with the Steelers in 2005 when they drafted eventual starting guard Chris Kemoeatu with the 204th choice, another slot Arizona inhabits this season. In 2001,
the Bengals found T.J. Houshmandzadeh in that slot. Hall of Famer Art Donovan was also drafted 204th -- in 1947.
Pick 2008 2007 2006 2005 31 Kenny Phillips Greg Olsen Kelly Jennings Mike Patterson 63 Terrell Thomas Brandon Jackson Darryl Tapp Matt McCoy 95 Mario Manningham Dante Hughes Willie Reid Darryl Blackstock 131 Jack Ikegwuonu Brannon Condren Willie Colon Fred Gibson 167 Erik Walden Kevin Payne Charles Davis Michael Hawkins 204 Lex Hilliard Jacob Ford LaJuan Ramsey Chris Kemoeatu 254 -- Jonathan Holland Vickiel Vaughn Doug Nienhuis Posted by ESPN.