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Arizona Cardinals 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterMay 10, 2014

Arizona Cardinals 2014 Draft: The Good, the Bad and the Baffling

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    With the 2014 NFL draft in the books, we will be taking a look at all seven of the Arizona Cardinals draft picks. Some were good, some were bad and some were downright baffling. But that's the beauty of the NFL. General spectators, media members and NFL teams all have a different perspective on the draft.

    Let's take a look at all seven draftees and the respective categories they each fall into.

List of All 2014 Draft Selections

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    Here's a complete look at who became a member of the Cardinals over the last three days: 

     

    Deone Bucannon, SS (1st, 27 overall)

    Troy Niklas, TE (2nd, 52 overall)

    Kareem Martin, DE/OLB (3rd, 84 overall)

    John Brown, WR (3rd, 91 overall)

    Logan Thomas, QB (4th, 120 overall)

    Ed Stinson, DE (5th, 160 overall) 

    Walt Powell, WR (6th, 196 overall)

     

The Good

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    Here's a look at the picks we liked:

     

    Deone Bucannon, SS (1st, 27 overall)

    There was some chatter that Deone Bucannon was overdrafted in the first round, but that's simply not true. Arizona needed a strong safety that could hit and play down in the box, and that's exactly what Bucannon will do in Todd Bowles' defense.

    At Washington State, he made a ton of highlight-reel plays and passed the eye test (6'1", 211 lbs). When you watch Bucannon play, the first thing you notice is his first step. He attacks pass-catchers and running backs like a missile and will do everything in his power to stop ball-carriers dead in their tracks.

    This was a great value pick at 27 based on the fact he wouldn't have been on the board when the Cardinals made their second selection at 52.  

     

    Troy Niklas, TE (2nd, 52 overall)

    Is there a more Bruce Arians-esque tight end than Troy Niklas? He can block, stretch the field vertically up the seam and catch touchdown passes in the red zone. Moreover, he is as sure-handed as it gets and has shown good route-running ability as of late.

    One should expect Niklas to jump to the top of the depth chart immediately. The Rob Housler ship has sailed, and John Carlson was brought in as an insurance policy if the Cardinals missed out on a tight end in the draft. 

     

    Kareem Martin, DE/OLB (3rd, 84 overall)

    The Kareem Martin pick is better late than never. I really thought Arizona would address the outside linebacker position early on in the draft, but it decided to wait and grab an edge-rusher on Day 2.

    Martin isn't an elite athlete, but he does offer value with either his hand up or hand down. Look for Bowles to move him around in the Cardinals defense. At North Carolina, he tallied 11.5 sacks in 2013 and earned a first-team All-ACC selection.

     

    John Brown, WR (3rd, 91 overall)

    Cardinals fans should quickly familiarize themselves with John Brown. The Pittsburg State product is a dangerous space player with natural athleticism, speed and acceleration. Brown probably won't ever make a name for himself on the outside, but he will prove to a burner in the slot. 

    Furthermore, he will draw plenty of friendly matchups deep down the middle of the field with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd working on the outside. Arizona's coaching staff will need to coach Brown up in terms of catching the ball, because Brown had quite a few drops in 2013. 

The Bad

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    Here's a look at the picks we didn't like:

     

    Logan Thomas, QB (4th, 120 overall)

    It's hard not to like the Logan Thomas pick. He has every physical tool in the book and may arguably have the highest upside of any player in the draft. However, he has three key areas that need to be addressed. His footwork, mechanics and ball placement will all require a ton of work. 

    Thomas would have been a much better pick in Rounds 6 and 7—bad value in the fourth round. 

     

    Ed Stinson, DE (5th, 160 overall)

    Ed Stinson is a good fit for the Cardinals defense because he can play both the 3-technique and 5-technique positions. Yet, he offers very little as a pass-rusher and has potentially hit his ceiling as a player already.

The Baffling

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    And to wrap it up, here's a look at the picks we hated:

     

    Walt Powell, WR (6th, 196 overall)

    There's very little to like about Walt Powell. He's small, has average speed and won't be anything more than a slot wideout in the NFL. Moreover, he struggles to beat press-man coverage and is prone to drops.

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