A Recap of the Arizona Cardinals 1st Round Picks of the Past Decade

Account KillerContributor IDecember 28, 2010

A Recap of the Arizona Cardinals 1st Round Picks of the Past Decade

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    Each year the draft is great to watch. So many young players finally taking a step closer to reaching their goal of playing in the NFL.

    But as time progresses, we often forget who exactly was taken in the first round, and who wasn't.

    Let's take a look at The Arizona Cardinals first round picks from the past ten years.

2010 Dan Williams DT Tennessee

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    Dan Williams was selected 26th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

    As a senior in high school he had 132 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

    At the University of Tennessee he finished his career with 153 tackles and six sacks.

    So far on the 2010 season, Williams has 37 total tackles, 26 of them being solo.

2009 Chris "Beanie" Wells RB Ohio State

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    Beanie Wells was selected 31st overall in 2009.

    His career stats at Ohio State were pretty impressive: 3,382 yards on 585 attempts with 30 touchdowns.

    2010 season with the Cardinals: 381 yards on 111 attempts with 2 touchdowns

2008 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Tennessee State

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    DRC displayed amazing speed at the 2008 NFL Combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.29 seconds.

    Was a three time First-Team All-OVC pick at Tennessee State.

    41 total tackles so far this season for Rodgers-Cromartie.

2007 Levi Brown OT Penn State

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    Levi Brown was selected 5th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft, and was considered one of the best offensive tackles available in the draft.

    On October 10th, 2010 against the New Orleans Saints, Brown scored a touchdown on a fumble by quarterback Max Hall.

2006 Matt Leinart QB USC

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    Matt Leinart was selected 10th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft.

    A great college quarterback at the University of Southern California, he won the Heisman trophy in 2004-his junior season.

    Leinart had played 19 games for the Arizona Cardinals before signing a contract with the Houston Texans in September.

    Career with the Cardinals: 340 completions for 595 attempts for 3,893 yards with 14 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

2005 Antrel Rolle S/CB Miami

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    Rolle was selected as the 8th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

    Had 335 tackles and 12 interceptions with the Cardinals before being released in March of 2010.

    He is now with the New York Giants.

2004 Larry Fitzgerald WR University of Pittsburgh

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    Larry Fitzgerald was drafted 3rd overall in the 2004 NFL Draft.

    He left the University of Pittsburgh after his amazing sophomore year when he caught 92 passes for 1,672 yards and 22 touchdowns.

    Fitzgerald has 64 career touchdowns and over 8,000 receiving yards in his seven year career with the Cardinals.

2003 Bryant Johnson WR Penn State

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    Bryant Johnson was a star athlete at Penn State, and finished second all-time with over 2,000 receiving yards.

    Selected 17th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft.

    Johnson is currently playing for the Detroit Lions.

2003 Calvin Pace LB Wake Forest

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    Calvin Pace was selected 18th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft.

    In his rookie year with the Cardinals he played every game, recording 32 tackles and one sack.

    In five seasons with the Cardinals, Pace recorded 186 tackles with 14 sacks.

    In 2008 he signed a six-year deal with the New York Jets.

2002 Wendell Bryant DT Wisconsin

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    Bryant was selected as the 12th overall pick of the 2002 draft.

    He played for the Cardinals 2002 to 2004.

    Bryant was suspended in the 2005 season after his third strike in the NFL's substance abuse policy, and he has never returned to the league.

2001 Leonard Davis G University Of Texas

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    Leonard Davis was selected 2nd overall in the 2001 NFL Draft.

    At the University of Texas, Davis was a first team All-American as a senior.

    Played with the Cardinals until 2007, when he signed a seven year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

2000 Thomas Jones RB Virginia

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    Thomas Jones was drafted 7th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft.

    In three seasons with the Cardinals, Jones rushed for over 1,200 yards with 9 touchdowns.

    Jones was often injury-prone so the Cardinals traded him to the Buccaneers in 2003.

    In March of 2010, Jones signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    On week 15, Jones became the 25th player in NFL History to rush for over 10,000 yards.

2011 NFL Draft

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    So who will the Arizona Cardinals pick up in the 2011 NFL Draft?

    Will they go for the wide receiver A.J. Green, or will they go after quarterback Cam Newton, or will they go after someone else?

    I guess Cardinals fans will just have to wait and find out.