Cardinals Grab Christian Kirk In Second Round

The Cardinals took Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk an Arizona native in the second round Friday.
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Christian Kirk called it surreal, the phone call he got Friday evening from the Cardinals telling him he was their second-round draft pick.

He was at his family’s house in Scottsdale, not too far from the team’s Tempe facility, where the wide receiver starred for Saguaro High School before going on to play at Texas A&M and earning his way up NFL draft boards.

The guard spots are the most volatile. Iupati is a former Pro Bowler but he played only one game last season due to an elbow injury. Boone and Watford were the starters for the majority of the season but each are scheduled to become free agents.

Munyer and Wetzel are exclusive rights free agents, while Tuerk, Holden and Allen are under contract and will aim to impress the new coaching staff. General Manager Steve Keim has talked frequently about the challenge offensive linemen have coming from college, so free agency could be a more likely avenue to fill a hole than the draft.

The end of the season often brings with it record-watch, and with the Cardinals – heading into their final home game of the season – it’s no different. Two of the team’s Pro Bowlers have reachable totals. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald needs eight receptions to get to 100 on the season, not a crazy number for a single game (Fitz has had at least eight catches five times this season). He also needs only 18 yards to get to the 1,000-yard plateau, which is practically a forgone conclusion. On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Chandler Jones needs 1½ sacks to tie the franchise record of 16½ or two to break it. Jones has three games of two sacks this season.

For a brief moment there, Eli Manning wasn’t going to start this game. It was going to be Geno Smith or Davis Webb or anybody but Manning. But that has ended, and the Giants’ long-time QB is coming off a 434-yard, three-touchdown game to play in a stadium where he has never lost. He Bobby Hebert Authentic Jersey won a Super Bowl there to cap off the 2007 season, and he beat the Cardinals Allen Craig Jersey there in both 2008 and 2011. The Giants are not a good team and have been undercut by injuries just like the Cards – but Manning hasn’t gone away. The Cardinals’ defense has been playing excellent football. They’ll need to continue that.