Chat with Josh Weinfuss
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN NFL Nation Arizona Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss drops by to chat and answer all of your Cardinals questions.
Weinfuss arrived at ESPN.com in 2013 after covering the Cardinals for azcardinals.com. He received both his Master's of Sports Journalism and Bachelor's degrees from Indiana University.
Send your questions now and join Weinfuss Friday at 2 p.m. ET!
Josh (2:00 PM)
Hey all...thanks for joining me. Shall we start this?
Who do you feel is the 1 guy AZ has to get in this years draft? Even if they have to trade up (or down) and what round should that player be picked?
Josh (2:03 PM)
Andrew: Honestly, I don't think there is one guy the Cardinals have to get this year. As was said during the press conference yesterday, there's no glaring need.
Ed (Queens Village)
Do they draft QB in first or second day?
Josh (2:04 PM)
Ed: I think the only way Arizona picks a quarterback in the first round is if a guy like Blake Bortles is sitting there at 20th, which I doubt will happen. I do think the Cards will take a quarterback on Day 2 but only if the right player is there.
Rich (New Jersey)
Hi Josh, What if Calvin Pryor, safety, Louisville is not there at number 21, who will the Cardinals pick then or if they are set on Pryor will they trade up to get him ?
Josh (2:06 PM)
Rich: If Pryor isn't there at 21st, that means the Cardinals could have got him. Arizona picks 20th. And I don't see them trading up to get him. If he's gone, they'll take the next player on their board.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What College Football Players that are in the 2014 NFL Draft do you think will be perfect fits for the Cardinals?
Josh (2:07 PM)
Chris: I think there's a bunch. But I think Arizona needs to go after a safety, outside rusher, inside linebacker and a tackle
Steve (Pacific NW)
Andrew, Do you feel strongly the Cardinals target Defense in first round-safety or pass rusher. How likely is it they trade down if one of their top guys isn't there? Lastly-if Manziel is available at 20...would they?
Josh (2:13 PM)
Steve: Unless there's a very good offensive tackle on the board, I think the Cardinals do go with defense. Even though they don't have a lot of needs, they can improve greatly at safety, edge rusher and inside linebacker.
How much of an upgrade do you think Cromartie will be as the #2 corner over Powers?
Josh (2:16 PM)
Steve: A healthy Antonio Cromartie will be a significant upgrade over Jerraud Powers because he's taller, stronger and is more impactful against receivers.
Justin (Scottsdale, AZ )
Any way the Cardinals move up in this draft to get a guy like Bortles or a Zack Martin?
Josh (2:18 PM)
Justin: I don't think they'd move up to get Bortles mainly because he's the type of guy that's ready to play now. I do think Arizona could move up to get Martin depending on which tackles go off the board ahead of him.
Jacky (Saudi Arabia)
Not a fan of the cards, but in your humble opinion, who is one of the best fits in the first round for this club?
Josh (2:19 PM)
Jacky: I think a safety like Calvin Pryor, a tackle like Zack Martin, a linebacker like C.J. Mosley would all be good fits.
Steve (Pacific NW)
Josh, What would it take in your opinion to move up to 3 or 4 and get Khalil Mack? Do you (or they) rate Barr or Van Noy as poor men's versions of Mack?
Josh (2:23 PM)
Steve: IF the Cardinals wanted to move up that high, I'm not sure they'd trade more than a couple picks and possibly a player, but I don't see the Cardinals wanting or needing anyone that badly to move up to the Top 5.
Colorado Cards (Denver, CO)
Am I the only one that has a fear that the Cardinals, not due to a lack of talent or leadership but simply due to the strength of their schedule for 2014, could have a tougher road than is the popular opinion? Hoping I'm wrong from Denver...
Josh (2:27 PM)
Colorado Cards: I think there's a chance that could happen. I think the second-half of the schedule is quite tough but there are some roadbumps in the first half. But I also think Arizona will be better than last year but I won't be surprised if they end up 8-8 or 9-7.
Josh, I know Arians said that there are no glaring needs, but am I wrong in thinking that the pass rush might be as glaring a need as the Cardinals have? Hard to rely on an aging John Abraham, as good as he is. Good chance the Cards address that in the first round?
Josh (2:32 PM)
Max: I don't think the pass rush is as glaring a need as the Cards have but it's up here. I still think safety is their most glaring need. But you are right about them needing to find a replacement for Abraham and even for Matt Shaughnessy. And yes, I think if the right edge rusher is out there in the first one, the Cards would take him.
Josh, Where do you think Keim and Arians have Ryan Shazier ranked on there board?
Josh (2:35 PM)
Joe: By hearing Keim talk about Shazier yesterday, I'd think he's high on their list. Keim talked about size not being an issue for Shazier and compared him to Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman from SF.
Justin (Scottsdale, AZ )
with safety being the top need, how would you rank the top safeties in this class?
Josh (2:44 PM)
Justin: I think Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor or Deone Bucannon are the top 3 safeties and I think it's likely Arizona can get either Pryor or Bucannon at 20.
Joey Higgins-Luckow (Madison, WI)
As I do my own mocks, I keep coming back to either Ealy or Pryor for Arizona. Haven't read many of the Cardinals chats to see who you all are talking about. Are either of those a fan favorite for the pick?
Josh (2:46 PM)
Joey: Not many people here have been talking about Kony Ealy and I don't think he's around at 20. But Pryor seems to be a popular pick among fans, and rightfully so. He's big, quick and has the intangibles the Cards need to slow tight ends.
I know this is the time of year you can't take at face value, but re: pryor, yesterday Keim and Arians talked about shorter safeties struggling against the TEs of today, and Pryor is only 5'9". Not sure he's as much of a fit as it appears
Josh (2:53 PM)
Tom: Pryor is listed as 5-11, almost 6-0, which makes him valuable in this draft. He'd be a good fit because of his athleticsm, range and height.
If the Cards took a QB in the first 3 rounds, Lindley has to know he's a goner. Do you think they would just cut him at point or hang onto him to protect themselves in case of injury?
Josh (2:57 PM)
Steve: They wouldn't cut him immediately. They'd keep four quarterbacks (if not more) through training camp and start paring them down on first and second cuts. Arians is the type of coach to let his players earn or lose their spots on the roster so he'd give Lindley a chance to beat out either the new guy or Drew Stanton.
Josh (3:01 PM)
Thanks for joining and I appreciate all the questions. See you next week.