first_imgAlabama’s Reuben Foster tackles Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow (13) during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Foster and Temple edge defender Hassan Reddick are the only defensive players taken by the Cardinals in more than one mock draft since April 1 in Arizona Sports’ mock draft tracker.Only two of the seven-round mock drafts from PFF, CBS, NFL.com and FOX have the Cardinals selecting a linebacker at all. CBS’ R.J. White has them adding Kansas State’s Elijah Lee in the fifth round at No. 179 overall, and FOX’s Dieter Kurtenbach has the team taking Houston’s Steven Taylor in the sixth round with the No. 197 pick.PFF also recently suggested that Arizona should be in the market for a slot receiver to eventually replace Larry Fitzgerald. Top Stories When the Arizona Cardinals replaced departed linebacker Kevin Minter with the 35-year-old Karlos Dansby, it was obvious the team was looking for a stopgap at linebacker, not a long-term solution.Pro Football Focus believes Arizona should look for said solution in the Thursday’s NFL Draft.Even with Dansby in tow, there are nine teams with a pair of linebackers who graded better than any single Cardinals linebacker last season. In fact, the Cincinnati Bengals’ trio of Vontaze Burfict, Vincent Rey and Minter all ranked higher in 2016. Deone Bucannon was the highest-graded Cardinal linebacker last season, finishing tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Kwon Alexander with a 77.3 grade, good for 37th among qualified linebackers.While the safety-turned-linebacker’s 86.1 coverage grade was the seventh-best at his position, his 40.7 run defense grade was 85th of 89 qualified players, and his 48.6 pass rushing grade was 43rd out of 53.Bucannon finished second on the Cardinals in 2016 with 91 tackles.Dansby didn’t fare any better last season with the Bengals. His 73.5 overall grade was 46th at his position. He finished with 114 tackles in 2016 and has accounted for 93 or more stops in each of the past 10 seasons.It should be noted that PFF lists outside linebackers Chandler Jones and Markus Golden as edge defenders, rather than linebackers.PFF’s top-five graded linebacker prospects in this draft based upon their play in 2016 are Alabama’s Reuben Foster (93.3), Ohio’s Blair Brown (92.4), Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan (85.2), Vanderbilt’s Zach Cunningham (83.2) and Florida’s Jarrad Davis (78.7).Foster’s diluted drug test and feud with medical staff at the NFL Combine make it possible he could be available when the Cardinals pick at No. 13 but are also major red flags for any team that drafts him. 0 Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgNews outlets also report on how other changes are affecting small business owners, hospitals and students.Fiscal Times: Obamacare Glitch No. One: Verifying EligibilityOn Oct. 1, federal government IT specialists will fire up one of the most technologically complex government websites in history – one specially engineered to grant uninsured Americans access to a virtual market of affordable health insurance policies. And if all goes as planned, millions of people–from healthy millennials in their 20s and 30s to seniors with chronic health problems–will be able to compare the premiums being offered by a handful of insurance providers in their states, determine whether they qualify for a federal subsidy, and finally purchase a plan. As part of this “seamless,” one-stop shopping approach that President Obama has boasted about in speeches at the White House and around the country, applicants will have to enter some basic information about themselves — their annual incomes, residency status and citizenship. Once that information has been entered, applicants will be presented with a number of potential plans and their premiums. After clicking one, a new window will open, routing the customers to the insurance company that offers the plan (Francis and Pianin, 7/22).Kaiser Health News: Obamacare Delay Is A Relief For A Family BusinessLike businesses across the country, Angelo’s restaurant has been recovering from a miserable economy, a load of debt and a bottom line that until recently was the color of its special marinara sauce. So owner Michael Passalacqua probably speaks for many when he expresses relief about the decision to delay enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for employer health insurance until 2015 (Hancock, 7/22). The Los Angeles Times: Healthcare Overhaul Leads Hospitals To Focus On Patient Satisfaction For years, the check-in process in the urgent care center of this city’s large, downtown hospital was reminiscent of a visit to the DMV. The ailing and sick walked in, pulled a number, took a seat and waited to be called. Many grew impatient and exasperated. Now, patients at San Francisco General Hospital are greeted by a smiling face and a helping hand to guide them along the path to getting care. It’s one of a series of customer-friendly touches being added at the 156-year-old institution by a newly named “chief patient experience officer.” … Under the national healthcare overhaul, patient experiences matter. Federal payments are being tied to surveys that gauge patient attitudes about such things as a hospital’s noise and cleanliness, communication and pain management (Gorman, 7/20).The Los Angeles Times: National Healthcare Reform Sparks Concern About Scams The national health reform law is expected to open the door for identity theft and insurance scams when millions of uninsured Americans begin enrolling in coverage this fall, officials and advocates warn. The Federal Trade Commission said dozens of consumers have reported fraud since last summer’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the law, and officials predict widespread abuse when enrollment begins in October (Gorman, 7/20).The Wall Street Journal: Student Health Plans Boost Coverage And Price Student health-insurance plans are getting better—and pricier. Under the Affordable Care Act, the minimum annual benefits limit of such plans will jump to $500,000 for the 2013-14 school year, up from $100,000 in 2012-13. And the cap will disappear for the 2014-15 school year. Also starting next year, student plans can’t exempt pre-existing conditions and will be expected to cover the same 10 essential benefits as other individual health plans, including prescription drugs, preventative services and mental-health care. But the plans cost more, too (Blumenthal, 7/21). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. IT Issues Pose Challenges For Health Lawlast_img read more