Ah, yes. The NFL Draft. The only draft to which people actually countdown the days (and you think I'm kidding? Go to espn.com and click on the NFL tab. The clock is at the top). So it's important. But guess what Cards fans? It's much more important for us.
I'm not saying that to downgrade other teams. But the Cardinals are built through the draft more than the average team (thanks to Rod Graves- who's signed to an extension as of today through 2013).
Of our 20 picks the last three years, only four are not on the team. And many of them have made significant contributions-- Beanie Wells, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Steve Breaston, Ben Patrick, Calais Campbell, Early Doucet, Tim Hightower, and Steve Breaston are a few names you've heard.
Plus, there's some up and coming players who could make an impact soon- Rashad Johnson, Greg Toler, Will Davis, Kenny Iwebema, and Herman Johnson among them. Compare that with the new champion New Orleans Saints. If you look over their last few years in the draft, only two or three guys have had significant roles.
The Cardinals have lived and died off the draft, and this is one heck of an important one. Let's get to the projections, shall we?