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Grading the Arizona Cardinals’ 2014 Draft Picks

Grading the Arizona Cardinals' 2014 Draft Picks

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The Arizona Cardinals are a team on the rise in a very tough division. They were able to build this team around a strong back end, and they have upgraded their secondary through this draft. Not drafting a quarterback in early rounds was a surprise but overall, they did a good job. Here are grades for the Arizona Cardinals' draft picks.

Round 1 - Deone Bucannon, SS Washington State

Deone Bucannon
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Round 1 - Deone Bucannon, SS Washington State

Deone Bucannon
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This team has identity now. Bucannon is a hard hitting safety who will be an upgrade to their back end. With Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu already on the roster, the addition of Bucannon makes the Cardinals' secondary one of the best in the NFL. Grade: B+

Round 2 - Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

Troy Niklas
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Round 2 - Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

Troy Niklas
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I get that the Cardinals needed a blocking tight end and Bruce Arians loves using them. But this is too high for a blocking tight end. I like Niklas as a player, but picking him in the second round isn't a good move. Grade: C

Round 3 - Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

Kareem Martin
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Round 3 - Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

Kareem Martin
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The Cardinals needed help on the line and Martin is a great option who can rush the passer. The athletic Martin could end up being a steal. Grade: B+

Round 3 - John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State

John Brown
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Round 3 - John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State

John Brown
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John Brown can be a really good slot receiver in this league and the Cardinals needed a slot receiver to complement Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Brown was one of the best under-the-radar players and the Cardinals made a good pick. Grade: B

Round 4 - Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Logan Thomas
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Round 4 - Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Logan Thomas
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Bruce Arians loves big gunslingers. But his career at Virginia Tech was very disappointing as he didn't really develop as a player. He has terrible footwork and his decision-making ability is questionable. He has rare athleticism for his size, but he has too much work to do to be a legit player in the NFL. Grade: C-

Round 5 - Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama

Ed Stinson
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Round 5 - Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama

Ed Stinson
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Ed Stinson has all the physical tools to be a good starter in the NFL, but he is easily manipulated by blockers when he comes off the line. But his upside as a rusher is worth a risk spending a fifth-round draft pick. Grade: B-

Round 6 - Walter Powell, WR, Murray State

Walter Powell
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Round 6 - Walter Powell, WR, Murray State

Walter Powell
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Walter Powell is a good football player in space, but his lack of athleticism and big-play ability will prevent him from being a starter in the NFL. Grade: C-

Ray Kim is a basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealRayKim. Email him at raykim@thesidelinesports.com