Your first thought is probably: "And we care because...?"
Two words: Tom Brady.
In the sixth round, with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots drafted Mr. Brady.
Not that this happens everyday, but you now see the importance of late-round picks. Look at Arizona last year: in the 7th round, they picked up a backup RB in college named LaRod Stephens-Howling.
He did pretty well last year didn't he?
It's still tough (and rather tedious) to try to predict who your team will go with in the later rounds. It could be a high upside guy. It could be a prospect that's dropped.
The moral of the story? It could be anyone.
With that let's get into some possibilites:
Round 6, Pick 195
Mike Kafka, QB, Northwestern : Since I haven't had the Cards pick a QB, I'll have them go QB with one of these two picks. That being said, I'm not high on Kafka, but who was high on Tom Brady?
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Southern Methodist : I view this as similar to the Stephens-Howling pick last year—a small, very athletic guy who can make a difference for the Cardinals almost immediately.
Leigh Kiffin, K, Alabama : If the Cardinals don't re-sign Rackers, and don't get another kicker, like Feely, in free agency, they could just draft one.
Doubtful, but hey...it could happen.
Thomas Welch, OT, Vanderbilt : Being from Vanderbilt, he's likely used to two things: 1. Being smart. 2. Dealing with SEC defenses.
Yup. He's NFL Ready.
Drew Davis, OT, Alabama : He's dealt with SEC defenses as well.
The smart thing, well...that's up in the air. (See: Cody, Terrance.)
Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona : If the Cardinals haven't scooped up a defensive tackle yet, they may choose to go with the hometown guy. They worked him out this week, so at least they would know what they're getting.
This is a tough call, but based on my mock draft, I'll have them go with an offensive tackle.
Pick 195 : Thomas Welch, OT, Vanderbilt.
Round 7, Pick 233
Now this is a round I will admitedly have some fun with. Besides, if I get any of these picks right, most of it is blind luck.
Sean Canfield, QB, Oregon St. : Reminds me of Brady actually. Has all the physical tools, but wasn't on a great passing team.
That could change in Arizona.
J'Marcus Webb, OT, West Texas A&M : Another J'Marcus in the league. Awesome huh?
And no, he wouldn't be the only player in the NFL from West Texas A&M. Ever heard of Keith Null? He started a couple games for the Rams last year? Yeah...
By the way, this guy is massive (6-7, 335). So if for some reason the Cardinals haven't drafted an offensive lineman yet, my money's on this dude.
Kerry Maier, WR, Kansas : He'd be two for the price of one! Meier, who played quarterback in college before switching to WR, would fill two needs for the Cards.
Not bad huh?
Cody Grimm, SS, Virginia Tech : Sniffle. Father and son reunion.
I'm bawling now. Kleenex?
Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina : It won't happen. But wouldn't it be awesome to have a guy named Dodge on your team? Especially as the punter?
Levi Horn, OT, Montana : Another massive guy (6-7, 327) whose draft stock is rising. And couldn't you see the practice drills?
"Alright! Let's get around the horn!"
Sorry. Cheesy. I know.
Pick 233 : Sean Canfield, QB, Oregon St.