2011 NFL Mock Draft: The Arizona Cardinals Select...

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03: Running back Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball while being pursued by Joey Porter #55 of the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3 2010 in San Diego California. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 41-10. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The 2011 AP NFL Mock Draft continues with tmurawsk selecting for the Arizona Cardinals at No. 5...

With the 5th pick in the Arrowhead Pride 2011 Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select....

Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

In 2008 and 2009, the Arizona Cardinals were a playoff team and far above the rest of the NFC West. In 2010, they were sitting at the very bottom of their putrid division with a 5-11 record. The Cardinals lost Kurt Warner, their Hall of Fame QB, to retirement, and the defense started to show signs of old age. This pick could easily be a QB, but the Cardinals are not a rebuilding team.

They are only a few players away from being a solid playoff contender, especially considering the competition in their division. Selecting a rookie QB to start in 2011 will only derail any chance of the Cardinals making a run in the NFC West for the next few years.

There is, however, a very good chance that this pick gets traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for QB Kevin Kolb, and I believe it would be the right decision. But if the Cardinals keep this pick, it becomes obvious who they will select. OLB, Von Miller of Texas A&M, is a perfect fit in the 3-4 and fills a top need for this defense. The current OLB's, Clark Haggans and Joey Porter, will be 34 when the season starts and both showed their age last season.

Many have compared Miller to Derrick Thomas (whoa there!), but I see him resembling the man he will replace, Porter. Arizona ranked 18th in sacks in 2010, but with Miller I could easily see a jump into the top 10. Miller will start right away and become a natural leader, as well as bring some much needed intensity to this defense.

Full Schedule And Results:

1. Carolina Panthers (ChiefsFan90s) - Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert 

2. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers

3. Buffalo Bills (Arrowdread) -  Auburn QB Cam Newton

4. Cincinnati Bengals  (Dirty South Chiefs Fan) - Georgia WR A.J. Green

5. Arizona Cardinals  (tmurawsk) - Texas A&M OLB Von Miller

6. Cleveland Browns (H2E) - Thursday March 24th

7. San Francisco 49ers (Another Successful Tedford QB) - Friday March 25th

8. Tennessee Titans (ejr58) - Friday March 25th

9. Dallas Cowboys (Royals Time) - Friday March 25th

10. Washington Redskins (nmchief) - Monday March 28th

11. Houston Texans (FalconMF27) - Monday March 28th

12. Minnesota Vikings (Raven Hawk) - Monday March 28th

13. Detroit Lions (Matt Hays) - Tuesday March 29th

14. St. Louis Rams (Sam D) - Tuesday March 29th

15. Miami Dolphins (YerganFlurgan) - Tuesday March 29th

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (GenericBrand) - Wednesday March 30th

17. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Wednesday March 30th

18. San Diego Chargers (Chiefscafan58) - Wednesday March 30th

19. New York Giants (flowers 24) - Wednesday March 30th

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PSUkegreen) - Thursday March 31st

21. Kansas City Chiefs (Matt_Grbac) - Thursday March 31st

22. Indianapolis Colts (saskwatch) - Thursday March 31st

23. Philadelphia Eagles (OnlyKCFanNVA) - Friday April 1st

24. New Orleans Saints (The Other Patrick Allen) - Friday April 1st

25. Seattle Seahawks (Simon from KC) - Friday April 1st

26. Baltimore Ravens (Ben S) - Monday April 4th

27. Atlanta Falcons (stagdsp) - Monday April 4th

28.  New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Monday April 4th

29. Chicago Bears (KillaCity107) - Tuesday April 5th

30. New York Jets (bradelli58) - Tuesday April 5th

31. Pittsburgh Steelers (scottchief) - Tuesday April 5th

32. Green Bay Packers (Aesthetist) - Wednesday April 6th

Round Two 

33. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Wednesday April 6th

34. Buffalo Bills (Arrowdread) - Wednesday April 6th

35. Cincinnati Bengals (Dirty South Chiefs Fan) - Thursday April 7th

36. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Thursday April 7th

37. Cleveland Browns (H2E) - Thursday April 7th

38. Arizona Cardinals (tmurawsk) - Friday April 8th

39.Tennessee Titans (ejr58) - Friday April 8th

40. Dallas Cowboys (Royals Time) - Friday April 8th

41. Washington Redskins (nmchief) - Monday April 11th

42. Houston Texans (FalconMF27) - Monday April 11th 

43. Minnesota Vikings (Raven Hawk) - Monday April 11th

44. Detroit Lions (Matt Hays) - Tuesday April 12th

45. San Francisco 49ers (Another Successful Tedford QB) - Tuesday April 12th

46. Denver Broncos (craig in calgary) - Tuesday April 12th

47. St. Louis Rams (Sam D) - Wednesday April 13th

48. Oakland Raiders (mushin) - Wednesday April 13th

49. Jacksonville Jaguars (GenericBrand) - Wednesday April 13th

50. San Diego Chargers (Chiefsfaninca58) - Thursday April 14th

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (PSUkegreen) - Thursday April 14th

52. New York Giants (flowers 24) - Thursday April 14th

53. Kansas City Chiefs (Matt_Grbac) - Friday April 15th

54. Indianapolis Colts (saskwatch) - Friday April 15th

55. Philadelphia Eagles (OnlyKCFanNVA) - Friday April 15th

56. New Orleans Saints (The Other Patrick Allen)  - Monday April 18th

57. Seattle Seahawks (Simon from KC) - Monday April 18th

58. Baltimore Ravens (Ben S) - Monday April 18th

59. Atlanta Falcons (stagdsp) - Tuesday April 19th

60. New England Patriots (averagegatsby) - Tuesday April 19th

61. Chicago Bears (KillaCity107) - Tuesday April 19th

62. New York Jets (bradelli58) - Wednesday April 20th

63. Pittsburgh Steelers (scottchief) - Wednesday April 20th

64. Green Bay Packers (Aesthetist) - Wednesday April 20th

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