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This is an offseason topic, clearly, but a fun one.

I’d like to compile a list, so answer in one comment then talk in the other so it is a bit easier for me to identify.

The question, which player is your least favorite in Arizona Cardinals history?

I am guessing a lot of picks will be Daryl Washington because of the off field stuff, but I am going to limit my choice to being based on someone who didn’t have a gross incident off the field, but instead was just lazy and overall a bad player and a worse investment for a team.

My least favorite is Wendell Bryant.

Bryant started nine games in his career, he recorded 1.5 sacks as a rookie and never recorded another.

Yes, he was suspended indefinitely in 2005 for his third strike in the substance abuse policy, but he was already a bust of which legends are made.

Remember, the Cardinals had virtually nothing on the defensive line and took the back to back defensive lineman of the year out of the Big Ten, getting rave reviews from Mel Kiper:

Bryant is an immediate hole-filler. He gives Arizona some versatility because he can play both tackle or end, even though he will play tackle for the Cardinals. At 305 pounds, he can run a 4.7 40. Bryant has natural pass-rush ability and increased his sack total ever year. At Wisconsin, he received no help and had to constantly fight through double teams. But Bryant remained a destructive force, getting after quarterbacks like Antwaan Randle El, Drew Brees and Joey Harrington.

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One of the more interesting Colts draft picks is Anthony Walker, since he was a fifth round pick who could still have a chance to compete for a significant role.

The Colts drafted Walker with their eighth and final selection a few weeks ago, and given the state of their inside linebacker position Walker will be competing with several others at a position that is “wide open.”

It makes sense, then, that Walker would be on a list of mid-to-late round picks to watch, and sure enough ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. recently listed him as one of his projected early-impact players from rounds 4-7. Here’s what he wrote about Walker:

New Colts general manager Chris Ballard has made the defense a priority this offseason — and rightfully so — with smart, low-cost free-agent signings at outside linebacker (Jabaal Sheard and John Simon) while using a first-round pick on a safety (Malik Hooker) and Day 2 picks on a corner (Quincy Wilson) and pass-rusher (Tarrell Basham).

At least one inside linebacker spot is open, however, with D’Qwell Jackson gone and new signing Sean Spence likely to take the other spot. Could Walker, who had 20.5 tackles for loss at Northwestern in 2015, compete there? He is my seventh-ranked inside linebacker in the class, a sound tackler with good measurables (6-1, 238). Walker should be a menace on kickoffs and punts.

I would argue that both inside linebacker spots are currently open for the Colts, though Kiper is right in saying that Spence will likely take one of the spots (at least, he’d probably be a favorite right now). That means that Walker will have a very real chance to compete, however. He’ll be in the mix along with returning players Edwin Jackson and Antonio Morrison as well as free agent signings Sean Spence and Jon Bostic. It’s unclear who will win that competition, but Anthony Walker will be able to truly compete.

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In case you didn’t know by now, the Miami Dolphins defense struggled last season. The group was ranked 29th overall and 30th against the run, which led to some changes this offseason.

This is reflective in ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.’s “Grade A” mock draft. This version is not predicting who the Dolphins will take. It is a projection of what Miami can do to receive the best possible draft grade.

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Mel Kiper Jr. decided to take a chance when making one of his selections for the Detroit Lions in his latest mock draft. In doing so, he took one of the most questionable players in the entire process.

As part of his “Grade A” mock draft – a draft where he plays general manager and picks players based on what he believes the teams need – Kiper took Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon for Detroit with the team’s second-round pick at No. 53.

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