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Where do Louisville's 10 draftees fit with their NFL teams?

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The Cardinals had a record number of players drafted, so let's take a look at where they all go from here as they get ready to settle in with their new teams.

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It's been quite a week in sports between the Derby, the NFL Draft, the "fight of the century" and everything else. Now that the hectic week is over and the dust has settled, the football offseason remains upon us as we head into the summer months.

Luckily, the draft brought Louisville fans plenty to be excited about with a record number of Cardinals being selected. Now that they're all getting ready for their first mini-camps, let's take a gander at how each former Card fits with their NFL team.

DeVante Parker, Dolphins

As expected, Parker was the only Cardinal selected in the first round, and he landed in a situation where he should be able to make a major impact right away. Miami's quarterback situation is solid with Ryan Tannehill under center, and Parker gives him a big target that he didn't have last year.

That's not to say that Parker won't have company, as Jarvis Landry caught 84 passes for 758 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie year and veteran wideout Greg Jennings joins the fray in Miami. Still, Parker's big body and athleticism make him a playmaker that Tannehill will utilize right away.

Jamon Brown, Rams

St. Louis drafted Wisconsin tackle Rob Havenstein in the second round and then went with Brown in the third. The line had to be a priority, since only one tackle on the roster (Rodger Saffold) started more than 10 games last season. Havenstein received slightly higher grades than Brown in the pre-draft process, but not overwhelmingly so.

The Rams were in the top 10 in sacks allowed last season and finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards and yards per attempt. That likely means that they didn't draft two new tackles simply for depth purposes, and they'd certainly like to see open spaces for Tre Mason and Todd Gurley to run through.

John Miller, Bills

Miller joins former Cards Eric Wood, Alex Kupper and Preston Brown in Buffalo and finds himself in a large group of guards. Still, as a third round pick, Miller should be able to at least compete for a job. None of the guards on the Bills' roster started more than 10 games last season, but veterans Richie Incognito, Kraig Urbik and Chris Williams all figure to be stiff competition.

Lorenzo Mauldin, Jets

The Jets' starting linebackers from last year all return to a defense that was top 10 in sacks in 2015. That doesn't mean that Mauldin can't break through, though. Second string outside linebacker Jason Babin is entering his 13th NFL season, and the Jets' last depth chart listed five outside linebackers, meaning there's room.

Even if he's not a starter early on, Mauldin should be able to be effective in select pass rush situations and on special teams as he finds his way into a more regular rotation on the New York defense. When he does see time, the loaded defensive line should help him find success in getting into the backfield.

James Sample, Jaguars

Johnathan Cyprien, Josh Evans and Sergio Brown all enter this season with considerable starting experience at the safety position for Jacksonville. While that may mean that a starting position is probably a reach for Sample in his rookie season, the Jags could always use his tackling ability in certain coverage situations and on special teams. He should at least get ample opportunity to continue to learn and compete in Jacksonville.

Deiontrez Mount, Titans

As a sixth round pick, the name of the game for Mount will likely be excelling on special teams and making the most of his opportunities, but he was drafted in the right situation for his skill set. Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton relies heavily on attack-minded and hard-nosed linebackers to get into the backfield, and Mount will give him the effort he's looking for.

Charles Gaines, Browns

Gaines joins one of the strongest parts of the Browns' roster. Cleveland has four Pro-Bowlers in the secondary in safeties Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner and cornerbacks Joe Haden and Tramon Williams. Also in the mix is last year's first-round pick, Justin Gilbert. While the Browns are probably mostly happy with their secondary, they lost nickel corner Buster Skrine to the Jets in the offseason, and that's where Gaines could step in and help.

B.J. Dubose, Vikings

Dubose joins Teddy Bridgewater up north, and comes into a situation with a defensive-minded coach in Mike Zimmer. That could help Dubose develop on a defensive line that may have a reserve spot or two open with 2014 reserve Corey Wootton apparently moving on. With that said, nothing is guaranteed as a mid-sixth round pick, especially since the Vikings used a third-round pick to draft LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter.

Gerod Holliman, Steelers

Despite being a seventh-round pick, Holliman joins the Steelers' secondary at the right time. Along with Holliman, Pittsburgh drafted corners Senquez Golson (Ole Miss) and Doran Grant (Ohio State) to try to shore up a questionable secondary from last season. Troy Polamalu retired in the offseason, leaving Pittsburgh with holes to fill at safety. There are a bunch of safeties on the roster as the Steelers look for answers, but none with considerable experience. That could at least give Holliman a shot at making the roster.

Gerald Christian, Cardinals

After John Carlson, who isn't much of an offensive game-changer as a pass-catcher, Arizona is young at the tight end position. It's not every year that Mr. Irrelevant finds a permanent spot on a roster, but Christian could easily fit in somewhere with the Cardinals with his ability to make plays offensively.