- Aaron Schatz
How this works: In February, Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders wrote this story about pre-draft needs for NFC West squads. Now that the draft is done -- check Mel Kiper Jr.'s grades here and Todd McShay's grades here -- FBO revisits the NFC West.
Arizona Cardinals: an inside LB
In this year's draft, the Cardinals did an admirable job of filling holes created by a tumultuous offseason. When Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams fell to Arizona at the 26th pick, the team finally added the every-down gap-plugger that its defense has been missing for the past few seasons. However, there was no opportunity in the draft or free agency to replace inside linebacker Karlos Dansby -- and replacing the rare, every-down 3-4 scheme player was the team's most glaring pre-draft need.
The NFL offseason cycle: team needs, more team needs, the draft, draft evaluation and still more team needs. Aaron Schatz tackles the final part of that cycle (the remaining post-draft needs) for the teams in the NFC West.