Most NFL mocks, however, focus on the first—maybe the second—round of the draft.
I get it. Those are the sexy picks. Often times, first- and second-round picks are the difference makers. And most fans know the names of the players picked in the first couple of rounds.
But NFL rosters aren't just filled with first- and second-round picks. Late-round draft picks can be the difference makers in the game, as well.
At the time of writing this article, I'm watching New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (sixth-round pick) toss the rock to Wes Welker (undrafted). No lucid argument can be made that those two guys are pivotal to the Pats' franchise success.
In 2010, the Cardinals put together a solid draft. Patrick Peterson (1st), Sam Acho (4th) and David Carter (6th) were all solid contributors during their rookie campaigns, while running back Ryan Williams (2nd) showed promise before succumbing to injury.
Carter, specifically, proved to be an extremely valuable late-round pick for the Cards.
When nose tackle Dan Williams broke his arm, Carter provided a seamless transition into the position that allowed the defensive line to remain effective in Ray Horton's aggressive defensive schemes.
Bang it below to learn about the late-round potential players who will provide the Cardinals with success in 2012.