NFC West: Kurt Vestman

Draft Rd. Pick Graves' Team Tight end
College Conference
1993 3 61
Bears Chris Gedney Syracuse
Big East
2006 3 72
Cardinals Leonard Pope
Georgia
SEC
1988 4 105
Bears Jim Thornton
Fullerton St.
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1998
5 125 Cardinals Terry Hardy
S.Mississippi C-USA
1992
5 134 Bears Todd Harrison
N.C. St.
ACC
2000
5 164 Cardinals Jay Tant
Northwestern Big Ten
2007
7 215 Cardinals Ben Patrick
Delaware CAA (I-AA)
2002
7 223 Cardinals Mike Banks
Iowa St.
Big 12
2001
7 246 Cardinals Tevita Ofahengaue
BYU Mtn. West
1984
10 266 Bears Kurt Vestman
Idaho
WAC
1989
10 270 Bears Todd Millikan
Nebraska
Big 12

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals could use a tight end versatile enough to stay on the field across running and passing situations. They settled on Stephen Spach as a blocking tight end last season.

Spach made an important catch against the Falcons in the wild-card playoff round, but he isn't a consistent downfield threat in the passing game -- particularly after suffering a torn knee ligament against the Panthers.

As much as the Cardinals could use a frontline tight end, I'm not sure they can afford to draft one early enough to find such a player. I see them targeting running back and outside linebacker in the first two rounds if the draft falls their way. If the Cardinals do wind up trading Anquan Boldin to Baltimore, perhaps they can get the Ravens to throw in Todd Heap. A thought.

Cardinals general manager Rod Graves' teams generally haven't drafted tight ends early, anyway, and never higher than 72nd overall since Graves joined the Cardinals.

I spoke with Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. for additional perspective on the Cardinals' options at tight end in this draft. A few of his thoughts:

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