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first_imgClemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, left, scrambles to get away from the defense of Georgia’s Leonard Floyd in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Comments   Share   Look, nobody here thinks anyone who follows the Arizona Cardinals is concerning themselves with the 2016 NFL Draft.After all, that is still roughly three months away and the team kind of has a playoff game (or three) left in the 2015 season.But if one wanted to start looking toward the draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. has offered some help with his first mock draft of the year.In the piece, which is on ESPN Insider, the draft expert has the Cardinals picking 30th (based on regular season record, not expected postseason finish) and taking Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Cardinals could use another pass-rusher, and Floyd has the explosiveness to be a special one. He has a lean frame, but he can get tackles off balance and is the kind of edge defender who can get quarterbacks to speed up their internal clock. I’d like to see him play a little more physical, but on a good team that is trying to protect leads, Floyd can help.The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Floyd tallied 17 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over three years with the Bulldogs, and in 2015 was named to the All-SEC Coaches’ Second Team and was a Butkus Award finalist.For Arizona, he would make sense because upgrading the pass rush figures to be a priority in the offseason. The Cardinals ranked 20th in the NFL this past season with 36 sacks, though nine of them came in one game and their leader in the category with eight, Dwight Freeney, is 35 years old and not guaranteed to return.last_img

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