Cardinals trade up to take safety Budda Baker

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Arizona lost five starters on defense to free agency, and they’re beginning to reload in the draft.

Instead of taking a quarterback to eventually replace Carson Palmer, they’ve used their first two picks on defense.

In the second round, they took Washington safety Budda Baker to go with last night’s first-rounder, linebacker Haason Reddick.

Baker’s the kind of rangy safety they needed after losing Tony Jefferson to the Ravens. They added veteran Antoine Bethea in free agency, but needed some young legs as they begin to backfill.

The Cardinals traded up nine spots to get him, giving up a fourth- and sixth-rounder to move from the 45th overall spot to the 36th.

3 responses to “Cardinals trade up to take safety Budda Baker

  1. Cards are killing this draft. They’re grabbing fast, hybrid guys who can play multiple positions in different schemes. Nice.

  2. Obviously the need for a future quarterback is dire, but over-reaching for an uncertain player (ie. Chicago and Trubisky) just doesn’t pan out statistically. Chicago leveraged the house on a college QB with a dozen starts… who’s gonna block for him? Who’s he gonna throw it to?

    The Cards have a featured back/receiver in David Johnson and a compliment of wide receivers. Shoring up the defense is a much more solid approach in the long run.

    As usual only time will tell if the QB’s taken this year will evolve into greatness. Unfortunately, history and statistics tell us that the probably won’t. A simple google search of NFL QB DRAFT HISTORY shows the incomplete science of predicating a franchise (or even starting) pro QB.

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