By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on June 17, 2014
In 2013, the Arizona Cardinals finished 10-6 under first-year head coach Bruce Arians, but the team still had work to do. With some of the team’s key contributors getting older and less effective, the Cardinals had to nail the 2014 NFL Draft, and they did just that. Without further ado, here is a prediction for how each of Arizona's 2014 draft picks will fare in their rookie seasons.
Although the Cardinals surprised many with the selection of Deone Bucannon with the No. 27 overall pick, it was a smart decision for the team. Bucannon fills a huge need at strong safety for the team, and with Bucannon and Tyrann Mathieu in the secondary, the Cardinals have a great young duo of safeties.
I wasn’t a fan of this pick at first, but as time has gone on, the idea of Troy Niklas in Arizona’s offense has grown on me. Niklas is raw from a receiving standpoint, but his blocking and the fact that there really isn’t much competition on the roster bodes well for Niklas right away.
In the third round, the Cardinals got an absolute steal in Kareem Martin. Arizona needed to add a pass-rusher in the draft, and Martin’s athleticism and intensity make him a great bet to fill that need.
Widely viewed as a reach in the third round of the draft, John Brown has already started to prove doubters wrong with his performance at OTAs. Sure, Brown's size is a concern, but his route-running, quickness and reliability make him a dangerous weapon out of the slot.
When the Cardinals selected Logan Thomas at No. 120 overall, opinions varied all over the place. Some think Thomas has the talent to be a star, while others believe he was a wasted pick. That said, I’m on the side that believes Thomas is destined for stardom at the next level. His arm strength and measurables are off the charts, and with some work on his technique, Thomas has franchise quarterback written all over him.
The Cardinals chose to add even more depth to their defensive line with the selection of Ed Stinson in the fifth round, and it was a sound selection for the team. Stinson isn’t going to blow anyone away with his talent, but he’s a hard-worker with the talent to be a valuable backup.
I didn’t understand this pick when the Cardinals made it, and I still don’t quite get it. With Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown likely to see the most targets in Arizona’s receiving corps, Powell has an uphill battle to make the roster, let alone make an impact.
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