NFL Draft Review: Arizona Cardinals

Welcome to my 2014 NFL Draft breakdown.

I love the Draft, it comes around my birthday, ESPN puts baseball back where it belongs, in segment 3, and it means the NFL year has started.
So lets go down the NFL Rosters and see how it went for each team.

Round 1 Pick 27Deone Bucannon

Deone Bucannon S Washington State 82

What I said then: BIG Reach. He’s a either going to lay a guy out or get beat. I don’t think he has the coverage skills to play FS so he’s got to help vs the Run. I think he’s going to be ok, since they can pair him with PP, but let be honest, I was a limited Safety, and I could pair with PP.

What I think now: Bit of a reach here. Runs a 5.1 40, bit of a SS here, since he can hit aanything and anyone. He can get looked off, and will get caught out of position, and he will leave his feet to make a play, but he will create separation from man and ball and senses.

 

Round 2 Pick 52
Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame

Tyler Eifert’s backup. He’s not as good, but he’s just as big, yet another 6-6 NBA Small Forward out there running over the middle. I don’t know why he came out, its not the the Bengals got the next Jimmy Graham. He can block, and has a massive wingspan. My biggest question mark? He’s a bit slow. Slower linebackers can cover him and unless there is a QB with touch, he’s going to have problems.

 

Round 3 Pick 84
Kareem Martin DE North Carolina

Homer Fan Alert.
Here is the problem with Niklas. Martin is just as tall, and just as fast- oh, and he’s a Defensive END! Martin came off last year, after not doing to much the previous years. He’s better against the run than the pass, and doesn’t keep his hands in the passing lanes.
Round 3 Pick 91
John Brown WR Pittsburg State (KS)

Bit of a reach here, he’s fast- I mean 4.2 speed people, and has a good burst. I just wonder how someone that fast didn’t absolutely didn’t dominate his competition? As far as measurable go, I’m good with all that. But I wonder if he’s not another Early Doucet.

 

Round 4 Pick 120Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech

A reach pick, he’s not going to play this year, and maybe not the next, if ever. He’s got power, he can make any throw. The issue is he can miss a target by 5 yards. He can drive a team down the feild with no problems, then miss every pass at the 30. He’s a very good runner and he’s HUGE at 6’6 250. I think its a good pickup, and if the Cardinals stay employed, and if they don’t throw him out there this year, he could be something impressive.

 

Round 5 Pick 160
Ed Stinson DE Alabama 

Ok, here we go. I like this pick. I think he’s got two choices, either put on 20 pounds and develop into a DT, or get someone to have him gain some speed and spring to stay at DE. At almost the 200th pick, I think he was a great value here, and could end up in the rotation, as soon as they figure out where he goes.

 

Round 6 Pick 196
Walt Powell WR Murray State

Another reach by the Cardinals, I just don’t see the pick sticking, unless I missed something, they have Ted Ginn Jr and John Brown who can return kicks, and he’s not really all that fast in running routes. I could be wrong, I have been before.

Trades

No. 20: Traded to New Orleans for first (27)- and third (91) round selections

Overall, this draft is a bunch of reaches and I only see really one starter on day one. I can see Niklas and Martin starting at the end of the year. I’ll be honest with you, this draft rides on Thomas and Brown. I do not like this draft at all, sorry.

Free Agent SigneesArizona Cardinals

Zach Bauman RB Northern Arizona
Jonathan Brown LB Illinois
Glenn Carson LB Penn State
Chandler Catanzaro K Clemson
Tim Cornett RB UNLV
Bruce Gaston DT Purdue
Kelvin Palmer T Baylor
Kelsey Pop WR Samford
Justin Renfrow DT Miami
Brandon Sermons CB UCLA
Kevin Smith WR Washington
Anthony Steen G/C Alabama
Corey Washington WR Newberry
Todd Washington CB SE Louisiana
Kadeem Williams T Albany

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  1. I agree with you on the most part. The Cardinals had a surprising season last year, and this draft really doesn’t build on that. However, I think John Brown will prove us wrong. Kid looks a lot like T.Y. Hilton, a player head coach Bruce Arians is familiar with. Think that kid will put up some big numbers in the slot.

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