Thursday, June 5, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Team Grades: Arizona Cardinals

27th Overall Pick: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

I really don't think there are any first round safeties left. If they wanted a safety, why didn't they just grab Clinton-Dix? He's a much better prospect, and the drop off from him to Bucannon isn't close to worth the third round pick they got for it. I think Jimmie Ward is a much better prospect, as I wouldn't have been surprised if Bucannon fell to round three. It fills a need, but this is the biggest reach of the draft thus far. I don't like this pick at all.


2nd Round: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

I think this is a great selection for the Cardinals. Tight end wasn't their biggest need, but Arians loves tight ends, and Niklas has a ton of potential. Some people had him sneaking into the end of round one, so grabbing him in the second half of round two is great value. He will help out Carson Palmer right away and will develop into a great target for their future franchise quarterback.


3rd Round: Kareem Martin, DE/DT, North Carolina

Kareem Martin has a ton of potential, but he has a lot of flaws to work out before he can reach that potential. Luckily, he's being drafted into a backup situation where he will learn from one of the best, Darnell Dockett, until it's time for him to start down the road. I would like to see the Cardinals get some more immediate contributors, but I really like this pick. Martin can become a great starter down the road.


3rd Round: John Brown, WR, Pitt State

I don't have a big problem with John Brown, what I have a problem with is taking him in the third round. I like his potential, but Arizona could have probably taken him 2+ rounds later. This is just way too early for him.


4th Round: Logan Thomas, QB, Virgina Tech

If anyone can get the most out of Thomas, it's Bruce Arians. Thomas has tons of talent, but just hasn't come close to putting it together yet. Maybe Arians can groom him to be a franchise quarterback in a few years. If he does it's obviously a great selection, but like I said a few picks ago, I'd like to see the Cardinals get some players who can contribute right away. Thomas is years away from that.


5th Round: Ed Stinson, DE/DT, Alabama

I really like Ed Stinson as a prospect and think he deserves to be drafted here, but the Cardinals already drafted Kareem Martin. Stinson won't even have a shot at being a rotational player unless there is a big injury ahead of him. I just don't see the need.


6th Round: Walter Powell, WR, Murray State

The Cardinals continue to take players who won't contribute anytime soon. Powell is also a reach who could easily get cut before the season starts.


The Cardinals made a few nice selections and got some players who can help them down the road, but I only see two immediate starters from this class. Bucannon will probably start out of need, but he was way overdrafted. The Cardinals are just a few pieces away from becoming a solid playoff team, and I feel like they neglected to add those pieces in this draft.


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