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CardinalsGab’s 2009 Cardinals Mock Draft

With the 2009 NFL Draft now less than two weeks away, it’s time for a look at CardinalsGab’s 2009 Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft.

Here are the picks that the Cardinals have available:

Round 1, Pick 31 (31)
Round 2, Pick 31 (63)
Round 3, Pick 31 (95)
Round 4, Pick 31 (131)
Round 5, Pick 31 (167)
Round 6, Pick 31 (204)
Round 7, Pick 31 (240)
Round 7, Pick 45 (245) – Compensatory Pick

And here are our corresponding 2009 Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft picks:

1st Round – Chris Wells, Running Back, Ohio State

With Edgerrin James likely to be released soon, the Cardinals will almost certainly take a running back with their first-round pick. And Chris “Beanie” Wells is just the guy they need. The 6-1, 240-pound Wells has the size and speed to become a dominant runner in the NFL and should develop into one. His explosiveness and power-running skills could make the Cardinals’ high-flying offense even better than it already is.

2nd Round – Clint Sintim, Linebacker, Virginia

The 6-3, 260-pound Sintim is one of the top outside linebackers in this year’s draft and could be off the board by the time the Cardinals make their second-round pick. If he is available, Arizona will pounce on him. Sintim has excellent size and speed and is a tough, physical player that should develop into a top player at the NFL level.

3rd Round – Eric Wood, Center, Louisville

The 6-3, 310-pound Wood is one of the top three centers in the 2009 draft and any team that has Russ Grimm as the associate head coach places a high premium on good offensive line play. Wood has excellent size and strength and also has good quickness and agility. He should develop into a very good player at the NFL level.

4th Round – Lawrence Sidbury, DE/OLB, Richmond

The 6-3, 270-pound Sidbury led Richmond to the 2008 FCS National Championship and was a college teammate of Cardinals’ running back Tim Hightower, who was drafted by Arizona in the fifth round of last year’s draft and had a fine rookie season in 2008. Sidbury has excellent speed and athleticism as well as good quickness and mobility. Could be either a DE or a OLB at the next level and is a player that has a lot of upside.

5th Round – Alex Boone, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

A massive 6-7, 330-pound OT, Boone opened plenty of holes for Chris Wells to run thru while they were teammates at Ohio State, and could be doing the same thing in Arizona very soon as the Cardinals are very high on both players. Boone has excellent size and strength and is an outstanding run blocker. He should develop into a good NFL offensive lineman.

6th Round – Ryan Purvis, Tight End, Boston College

An underrated player, the 6-4, 260-pound Purvis is one of the better pass-catching tight ends in the draft and could outperform many of the tight ends that are projected to be picked before him. Has good size and speed as well as good hands. Caught 54 passes for 543 yards in 2007 when teamed with Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan.

7th Round – Mike Thomas, Wide Receiver, Arizona

The Cardinals would love to get this in-state talent in the late rounds if he falls in the draft due to his lack of height. The 5-8, 195-pound Thomas has great speed and quickness and runs good pass routes. Could also be an effective kick returner at the NFL level. Like Purvis, Thomas will probably outperform many of the wide receivers taken before him.

7th Round – Willie Tuitama, Quarterback, Arizona

The Cardinals might take a late-round flyer on another Arizona player, quarterback Willie Tuitama. A four-year starter and second-team All-Pac-10 performer for the Wildcats, the 6-3, 220-pound Tuitama is a good athlete and has a strong, accurate throwing arm. Kurt Warner is a great player but isn’t getting any younger, Matt Leinart hasn’t proven himself, and who would be better at getting the ball to Thomas than the guy that has been doing it for the last four years?

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