By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on May 16, 2014
The Arizona Cardinals are a team on the rise, and the 2014 NFL Draft allowed the team to add even more talent to their roster. Bruce Arians has the Cardinals' future looking bright, and if this year's draft class works out, the Cardinals could become contenders. That said, here is a prediction for the impact of every Cardinals' draft pick.
Although I believe Deone Bucannon will become a solid NFL starter, I do think he was a reach in the first round for the Cardinals. That said, Bucannon is exactly the type of safety the team needed opposite Tyrann Mathieu, and Bucannon's physical, hard-hitting style will allow him to become a nice player in the Arizona secondary.
I’ll be honest; I don’t really understand this pick for the Cardinals. Troy Niklas is a solid blocking tight end, but his receiving ability leaves a lot to be desired. Niklas was a reach for the Cardinals in the second round, and I think he will end up flaming out at the next level as he is just too one-dimensional to really make a big impact.
An underrated player throughout the draft process, Kareem Martin could end up becoming a steal for the Cardinals. The team needed a young pass-rusher, and Martin has the raw athletic ability to become the type of player who keeps offensive coordinators up at night.
A solid player who will give the Cardinals good production right away, John Brown gives Arizona the type of slot receiver the team lost when Andre Roberts left in free agency. Brown has above-average hands, and his route-running and quickness will make him a valuable member of Arizona’s receiving corps.
Let me just begin by saying that to me, this was a great pick. Logan Thomas isn’t going to be a starter right away for the Cardinals, but with a few years of development behind Carson Palmer, I think Thomas could develop into a great starter in the future. With a big arm and a knack for making tough plays, Thomas could surprise as long as he improves his decision-making and technique.
Although the Cardinals picked up Kareem Martin earlier in the draft, the selection of a potential starter like Stinson was a solid one. Stinson is a great athlete, and he has the versatility to play almost anywhere along the defensive line. In my opinion, the Cardinals got a solid value in Stinson late in the draft.
Just like the pick of Troy Niklas earlier in the draft, this is a pick I just don’t understand. Walt Powell is a polished prospect, however, his limited potential and below-average athletic ability make this a wasted pick.
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