First up a tour around the league looking at each Team’s offseason.
S Branch, Tyvon F
DT Mauro, Josh F
TE Momah, Ifeanyi F
TE Gresham, Jermaine F
DE-LB Jones, Chandler T
G Mathis, Evan F
RB Johnson, Chris F
DT Nkwmidche, Robert 6’3 294 Mississippi 1(29)
CB Williams, Brandon 5’11 197 Texas A&M 3(92)
C Boehm, Evan 6’2 302 Missouri 4(128)
S Christian. Marqui 5’10 196 Midwestern State 5(167)
T Toner, Cole 6’5 306 Harvard 5c(170)
CB Miller, Harlan 5’11 182 Southeastern 6(205)
QB Coker, Jake 6’5 236 Alabama UDFA
RB Penny, Elijhaa 6’1 233 Idaho UDFA
RB Baker, Jared 5’7 186 Arizona UDFA
WR Beathard, Jeff 5’10 190 Appalachian State UDFA
WR Carlisle, Amir 5`9 191 Notre Dame UDFA
WR Hubert, Chris 5’8 170 Fayetteville State UDFA
WR King, Chris 6’0 202 Duquesne UDFA
TE Valles, Hakeen 6’3 242 Monmouth(NJ) UDFA
G Debord, Clay 6’6 308 Eastern Washington UDFA(T)
G Price, Givens 6’3 298 Nebraska UDFA(T)
OLB Louis, Lamar 5’10 224 LSU UDFA
CB Bouka, Eli 6’1 205 Calgary UDFA
CB Hartfield, Trevon 6-0 186 Southwestern Oklahoma State UDFA
CB Zamort, Ronald 5’9 177 Western Michigan UDFA
S Farley, Matthais 5’11 205 Notre Dame UDFA
P Swanson, Garrett 6’0 219 Fresno State UDFA
LS Canaday, Kameron 6’4 237 Portland State UDFA
LS Dillon, Daniel 6’2 239 Campbell UDFA
Obviously the biggest move of the Free Agent Season was the trade for NE’s Chandler Jones, who will bolster a pass rush that was one of the Cards relative weaknesses last season, while the rest of the newcomers were about adding depth to the offensive side of the ball.
The Draft continued the theme with Nkwmidche falling to the end of the first round. He brings huge pass rush ability and if Ari can continue its recent run of suceess with off field troubled players they will have gotten one of the steals of the draft. In a suddenly crowded DL room, Salary cap type cuts are possible before the season starts.
Williams was a need pick but is very raw as a defender. He will contribute as a returner right away with his speed, but will need time to develop as a CB/S. You would have thought the Cards could have done better had they not traded their 2nd rounder in the Jones deal, but the upside is there to make this a solid pick in time.
Boehm was a solid fourth round value who will push Shipley for playing time right away and is at worst a high quality back-up.
Christian was a depth pick for an already strong area that may or may not be a good fit for the system, but is athletic enough to be able to cover recievers well.
Toner will need a year to fill out phyisically, but has the smarts to be a long term contributer if patience is shown with his development.
Miller, Like Christian, was a depth pick for a strong area, however his skill set suggests he might be able to have more of an immediate impact if he can play his way onto the field. it will be interesting to see how the secondary shakes out in camp.
Of the UFDA’s, Coker and Carlisle appear to have the best chances to stick based on team needs and talent level.