No doubt about it: Cards want value over need

April, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals have gone through four rounds of draft choices without addressing needs at tight end or for depth along the offensive line.

That takes discipline. Value and need seemed to align for the Cardinals on day one. Ohio State running back Chris Wells was waiting for them at No. 31. Connecticut outside linebacker Cody Brown seemed like a logical pick in the second round.

The Cardinals' two most recent picks -- safety Rashad Johnson in the third round (No. 95) and cornerback Gregory Toler in the fourth (131) -- should help the team improve depth. The moves also reflect an apparent belief that the team would not find anyone to upgrade the situation at tight end, or to provide more depth on the offensive line.

Who is Toler? Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com profiled the St. Paul's College sleeper. Toler once stocked shelves at a department store, leading Prisco to offer the following passage, which seems particularly appropriate for its Arizona tie-ins:

J.C. Penney stock boy to the NFL doesn't happen much. Kurt Warner went from grocery stock boy to a probable Hall of Famer. That's a long way to go for Toler, but some are already comparing him to Arizona corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who came from Tennessee State to start for a Super Bowl team last season as a rookie.

Choosing another defensive back shows that Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn't bluffing when he expressed confidence in Lyle Sendlein as his starting center, and in Russ Grimm's ability to coach the position at a high level.

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