By the way, before I start this article, has anyone seen the Cardinals new black jerseys? Like I mentioned in a previous article, they do look like the Falcons.
But they are sick.
Anyway, to get back on point, the Arizona Cardinals in my opinion earned themselves a solid A- in the draft.
That grade could've easily been as low as a B- and as high as a A+ in many people's minds (Or an F if you're a Seahawk, Niner, or Ram fan). Therefore, I will explain my reasoning as I break down the picks in the 2010 NFL Draft for Arizona.
Round 1: Dan Williams, NT
I've already said what I think about Williams . It was a solid pick and great value for the pick the Cardinals had.
However, a question came to me the other day concerning this pick: why did so many teams pass on Williams?
There has to be a reason. For example, I get teams passing on Clausen.
But on Williams? He's appears to be a very solid 3-4 nose tackle. This is not something you see every day.
But if you go back and look at his stats, he wouldn't have appeared to be a first rounder until last year, when he had a dominant senior season.
It's happened before with players, and not been a problem. But it does worry me, given that the Cardinals have had some bad first round picks.
I don't think this is one of them. To Arizona's credit, they did their research on the guy, and liked him.
Well, at least we didn't pick Tyson Alualu.
Round 2: Daryl Washington, ILB
The good news: Washington was the 12th-rated played on the Cardinals board, one behind Dan Williams.
So in their minds, they got a steal.
The bad news: the last time they traded up in the second round, it was to get Alan Branch.
Washington is in the same boat as Williams. He had a breakout senior season that allowed him to be propelled into possible first round consideration.
It's good value, especially since he could be starting by mid-season for the departed Karlos Dansby.
But I don't know that it was all that necessary to trade up to get him.
Round 3: Andre Roberts, WR
The Cardinals finally addressed a big offensive need in round 3, getting a receiver from a small school in South Carolina.
But for Roberts being from a small school, I've not heard one negative thing about him.
Except that he's from a small school.
That's was good enough for Arizona, who really needed a solid option for a fourth receiver.
Not only that, he can spell Steve Breaston in the punt return duties, saving Breaston some wear and tear.
A lot of teams were high on him, so I doubt he would've slipped to them in round 4.
Round 4: O'Brien Schofield, OLB
I must admit, I didn't even know Schofield was on the Cardinals' radar.
In fact, in many pre-draft rankings on numerous well known sites, his name was nowhere to be found.
But as I've heard it, had he not torn his ACL on the first day of the Senior Bowl practices, he could've been a second rounder.
If the Cardinals are right about Schofield, and he can get over his knee injury, he can be a real steal.
And I've heard a few experts say that he could be starting by next year.
I like the risk in a round that usually finds mediocre players and busts.
Round 5: John Skelton, QB
This was another solid pick in an area of need for the Cardinals.
It was rumored that they like Skelton more than other late round quarterbacks.
And for good reason too. The kid is 6'5", 243 lbs.
Does that sound like anyone?
I'll give you one: Ben Roethlisberger.
He threw for over 3,700 yards last year and 26 TDs while at Fordam.
Now, he's probably not as NFL ready as Big Ben, but if Leinart doesn't work out for the Birds, they could let him go next year due to his contract.
And that's when Skelton could be ready.
I believe, and I think the Cardinals do as well, that most late round picks are risky, so why not go with someone with upside?
As well, it should be noted they traded Bryant McFadden back to Pittsburgh to move up to get Skelton.
It's not a really big deal actually. McFadden, sure, didn't give up a lot of big plays, but he wasn't as good as advertised.
But if Skelton doesn't work out, then it will be a big deal.
Round 6: Jorrick Calvin, CB
I must admit, this is the strangest pick by far by the Cardinals.
This is another guy I must admit I didn't see on many draft boards, and with good reason: He didn't play last year since he was academically ineligible.
Now, he's not a guy with off-field issues. Let's make that clear. He just failed a class. I'm sure we've all been there before.
He came highly regarded by an assistant at Troy, who the Cardinals have had some contact with.
And again, why not go with a high upside guy in round 6 (for example, LaRod Stephens-Howling last year)?
But a guy who didn't play last year is a little different. If he works out for the Cardinals, then great. He would fill a big depth need since they traded Bryant McFadden back to the Steelers.
But if he doesn't, it's going to look pretty dumb. Especially since there were some more high-upside guys on the board like Anthony McCoy, the tight end from USC.
Round 7: Jim Dray, Stanford, TE
Again, didn't have the guy on my radar for the Cards. But they could've used a tight end, albeit a little earlier in the draft.
Dray is more of a blocking tight end, which is exactly what the Cardinals use them for.
So, if Dray can out-"block" Stephen Spach and Anthony Becht (it doesn't sound that hard), he may be in line for some starts this year.
It's a value pick, which is what the Cardinals like to do. They like to invest in guys that may actually see the field, and play a valuable role for them.
As such, I like the pick, especially since the cupboards were fairly dry at this point in time.
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