Saturday, April 24, 2010
Cardinals beat run on linebackers
By Mike Sando
The Arizona Cardinals traded up in the second round to take linebacker Daryl Washington for good reason.
The Dolphins had taken linebacker Koa Misi with the 40th choice. The Ravens then took linebacker Sergio Kindle at No. 43.
Arizona entered the draft holding the 58th choice. The Cardinals successfully anticipated a run on linebackers when they traded up to take Washington with the 47th pick.
The Steelers took linebacker Jason Worilds at No. 52 and the Patriots took linebacker Jermaine Cunningham at No. 53. Dallas then took linebacker Sean Lee at No. 55. The Patriots selected linebacker Brandon Spikes at No. 62. The Colts drafted linebacker Pat Angerer with the next choice.
Eight linebackers had come off the board in a span of 24 choices. Teams running 3-4 defensive schemes -- Arizona among them -- drafted seven of the eight. It's tough to know for sure whether Washington would have been gone at No. 58, but with all those linebackers coming off the board so quickly, Arizona played the odds well.