Around the NFC West: Cardinals draft review

April, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic quotes Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves as expressing surprise over the lack of interest for receiver Anquan Boldin. It's tough to define Boldin's value without knowing exactly what other teams offered. The Cardinals certainly weren't going to give him away.

Also from Somers: He expects the Cardinals to release Edgerrin James before the team's upcoming minicamp.

More from Somers: The Cardinals drafted safety Rashad Jennings after Alabama coach Nick Saban told them Jennings was one of the smartest players he had ever coached.

More still from Somers: a second-day draft notebook with background information on the Cardinals' choices. Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, told he was too small at 5-foot-6, choked up as he spoke with reporters following his selection.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times says the Bears tried to trade a second-round choice, 49th overall, to the Cardinals for Boldin. 

Morgan Urtso of the Arizona Republic says hundreds of fans at University of Phoenix Stadium applauded the Cardinals' selection of Chris Wells in the first round.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says Kurt Warner is probably "popping a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne" after the Cardinals added Wells and kept Boldin.

Mark Heller of the East Valley Tribune takes a big-picture look at the Cardinals' draft. "Humongous" was the word Whisenhunt used to describe LSU guard Herman Johnson.

More from Heller: draft bios for the Cardinals' choices.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune sees three options after the Cardinals did not trade Boldin: " A. An angry Boldin refuses to show up for training camp and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, causes a stink. B. Boldin shows up, pops off - remember his diatribe the first day of camp last year? - then continues to catch passes, break tackles and pile up Pro Bowl numbers. C. The Cardinals trade him before camp opens."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com quotes Whisenhunt as saying the Cardinals didn't reach for any players on the second day. The moves they made would seem to confirm as much. 

Also from Urban: Sixth-round choice Will Davis will move from defensive end to outside linebacker for the Cardinals.

More from Urban: "House" Johnson, the massive guard from LSU, grew up a fan of former Cardinals lineman Leonard Davis. No surprise there.

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