Walter - I feel your pain re SD; they have had a huge injury list! I thing I note - doing analysis for AFL Australian football - is that teams with a huge injury list often underperform when they begin to get players back from injury; this is often because the injured players return a week too early and fail to fire (or get re-injured); also the players who have been carrying the extra load for them tend to relax that week; the trend in the AFL is that these teams generally miss the spread (often by a lot) as the year goes on - but they sometimes have 1 (maybe 2) unexpected wins against unwary middle to lower ranked teams. They may fire against JAX this week, but I would like a SD expert to tell us if the recently returned players are likely to improve.
Speaking of injuries - these are good reasons for being confident on TB and DEN this week. Harry Young, Melbourne
The Cardinals let Antonio Cromartie leave in free agency and could use an upgrade on the other side from Patrick Peterson.
White has 35 tackles with four passes broken up and a punt returned for a touchdown this season. He had some struggles with big receivers in Mississippi State's De'Runnya Wilson and Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell. The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder is fast with the ability to prevent separation.
White played well in 2013 and 2014 with two picks in each year and solid run support. He had 55 tackles as a freshman and 33 stops as a sophomore. White has shown steady ball skills while batting away seven passes in 2013 and six as a sophomore.
Pick change; previously Scooby Wright III, ILB/OLB
Rd. 2, Pk. 30
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
The Cardinals don't have a lot of needs, so they can take the best player available. Arizona could use a tight end to compete with Troy Niklas, who has only three receptions on the season.
In 2015, Howard has 30 catches for 335 yards. He totaled 17 receptions for 260 yards in 2014. The talented tight end was very under-utilized. As he proved at USC with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Lane Kiffin settles on one receiver and struggles to call plays for anyone else regardless of their talent or mismatch potential.
Howard (6-6, 237) flashed big-time potential in 2013. The freshman hauled in 14 passes for 269 yards (19.2 average) with two touchdowns. Howard is a fast and dangerous receiving weapon who has the frame to add size. He was just scratching the surface of his potential. Sources say Howard needs to improve his route-running and blocking.
Rd. 3, Pk. 29
Eric Striker, OLB/3-4OLB, Oklahoma
The Cardinals can afford a luxury pick with a situational pass-rusher who fits their 3-4 scheme.
Striker's (6-1, 223) body type is a tweener outside linebacker and safety, but what he does best is rush the quarterback off the edge. In 2015, Striker had 58 tackles with 15.5 for a loss, 7.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He notched nine sacks with 68 tackles and five passes broken up last year. As a sophomore, Striker recorded 6.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.