Cardinals draft RBs Stepfan Taylor, Andre Ellington on Saturday


Cardinals draft RBs Stepfan Taylor, Andre Ellington on Saturday

Cardinals training camp is going to be fun. Besides the obvious questions about Larry Fitzgerald's fantasy prospects with Carson Palmer and vice versa, they have a lot of talent in the backfield. The Cardinals spent two picks Saturday on running backs, Stanford's Stepfan Taylor @KULABAFI in the fifth round and Clemson's Andre Ellington @AEllington38 in the sixth round. They will join Rashard Mendenhall @R_Mendenhall and Ryan Williams @lilsweetness34 in the desert.

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Keep in mind that Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is not a fan of the committee backfield. Taylor proved to be durable in college and was more productive overall than Ellington, but Ellington is much faster and athletic. Taylor doesn't impress you with his speed or quickness; he is a tough inside runner while Ellington is more of a home-run hitter with 4.5-40 speed. Both of these players are third and fourth on the depth chart right now, but given Mendenhall's and Williams' injury history, both could be moving up quickly in a few months. I like Ellington's pro prospects more because of his natural ability, but he's probably too small to be the every-down guy that Arians is looking for. He has a rather lengthy medical sheet, too.
The Cardinals also spent two picks trying to upgrade their dreadful offensive line. If that unit gets straightened out, some running back here is going to be a great value pick in fantasy leagues. Again, this is a major situation to watch in camp.

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