By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on August 31, 2014
The Arizona Cardinals added a lot of young talent through the 2014 NFL Draft, even when you consider that most of the players drafted won’t be starters right away. The team added a few potential stars, and even more depth at key position in what is shaping up to be a solid draft class for the team. With that said, here is how the Cardinals’ draft picks grade out after the 2014 preseason.
Deone Bucannon did some good things and he did some bad things this preseason. He flashed a great tackling ability, and it’s clear he will be a physical presence in the secondary, but he struggled with some of the technical aspects of the game. Bucannon will be a starter one day, but he’s a bit too raw right now.
It’s clear that Troy Niklas needed to knock some of the rust off this preseason after missing most of the offseason workout with a broken hand. Niklas didn’t put up any eye-popping statistics, but his blocking is every bit as good as advertised.
Kareem Martin was able to rack up nine tackles this preseason, and while it was disappointing to see him come away with no sacks, he showed promise. Martin is a fluid athlete, and while he may never dominate, he can hold his own.
Although he cooled off a bit the last couple preseason games, John Brown certainly showed off some special talent this preseason, Brown is extremely fast, and he can blow by defenders with ease. He already has a good rapport with Carson Palmer, and Brown could be a major producer this season with continued great play.
In his first preseason game, Logan Thomas displayed poise and potential, looking like a future franchise quarterback. From there, it was clear that Thomas still has a ton of work to do. He’s athletic, but Thomas needs a lot of development from a mental standpoint before he’s ready to start.
Ed Stinson wasn’t flashy this preseason, but he showed an ability to stop the run. Stinson isn’t a great pass-rusher, but as a five-tech lineman, Stinson could thrive.
On the roster bubble throughout training camp and the preseason, Walt Powell came away with a roster spot because of the playmaking ability he flashed along the way. Powell is very fast, and he could eventually make an impact as a fourth receiver.
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