Arizona Cardinals Draft History: 6 Worst Picks of the 21st Century

Cooper Allen@@CooperAllen47Analyst IIApril 26, 2012

Arizona Cardinals Draft History: 6 Worst Picks of the 21st Century

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    The Arizona Cardinals seem to have had a lot of success picking in the later rounds of the NFL draft. Players like Sam Acho, Larod Stephens-Howling and Greg Toler were all taken outside of the first three rounds and have been great for the team.

    Patrick Peterson, Dan Williams and Beanie Wells have been drafted by the Cardinals in the first round over the past three year; however they have made several questionable choices prior to 2009.

    The next few slides will highlight the Arizona Cardinals worst draft picks of the 21st century.

Matt Leinart

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    USC standout Matt Leinart was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round (10th overall) of the 2006 draft. After holding out, Leinart finally reached a deal with Arizona that would see him make $51 million over six years.

    Injuries and a horrible attitude/work ethic have lead to Leinart starting only 18 games in his six-year career. After being released by the Cardinals in 2010, he signed with the Houston Texans as starting clip board holder.

    Leinart was released by the Texans earlier this offseason and he is currently a free agent.  

Cody Brown

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    In the second round of the 2009 draft, the Arizona Cardinals took linebacker Cody Brown out of Connecticut.

    After injuring his wrist in the preseason, Brown was placed on injured reserve and was later waived by the team on September 3, 2010.

    He was then signed to the New York Jets practice squad before being picked up by the Detroit Lions in August 2011. Now a free agent, Brown has yet to play a game in the NFL. 

Wendell Bryant

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    Also a free agent, defensive tackle Wendell Bryant was drafted by Arizona with the 12th overall pick in the 2002 draft.

    Bryant played with the Cardinals from 2002-2004 and left the NFL in 2005 after being suspended an entire year for committing a third strike in the NFL’s substance use and abuse policy.

    He returned to football in 2009, joining the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. After getting injured, Bryant went to the Omaha Nighthawks and is now a free agent.

Levar Fisher

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    Drafted by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft, Levar Fisher is someone Arizona would like a mulligan on.

    Fisher was with Arizona for three seasons (2002-2004) and played in 23 games over that time period. He had 80 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble during that time.

    In 2005 he signed with the New Orleans Saints as a member of their practice squad but has not been in the NFL since then.

    His career was cut short due to knee problems, and he is now a motivational speaker.

Bryant Johnson

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    In the same draft that the Arizona Cardinals were able to steal Anquan Boldin late in the second round, they also took wide receiver Bryant Johnson with the 17th overall pick.

    Currently of the Houston Texans, Johnson played five seasons for the Cardinals from 2003-2007. In that time he caught 210 passes for 2,675 yards and added nine touchdowns.

    For a guy that you pick up past the second round, those are pretty decent numbers, but at 17th overall, Bryant Johnson was a letdown.

Buster Davis

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    It is not very often that you see a third-round pick fail to make it out of training camp, but that is what happened to linebacker Buster Davis.

    The Arizona Cardinals drafted Davis out of Florida State in the third round of the 2007 draft. They signed him to a three-year, $1.7 million contract with a $610,000 signing bonus.

    Arizona released Davis on September 1, 2007 after a weak preseason. He went on to join the Lions, Colts and then the Texans before finding his way to the United Football League.