Arizona Cardinals Draft on Hope and a Prayer

Talk about a draft we saw coming out of nowhere.  Well, as far as the Arizona Cardinals themselves are concerned, it all played out the way they wanted.  Of course that's what they will say publicly.  Public perception though is another thing.  The Cards finished out the 2011 NFL Draft today and by the looks of things overall, the Cards are going to take things into the 2011 season on hope and prayer.

After taking running back Ryan Williams from Virginia Tech and Robert Housler from Florida Atlantic yesterday, today they took all kinds of gambles.

Sam Acho, DE from Texas.

Anthony Sherman, FB, UConn

Quan Sturdivant, LB North Carolina

David Carter, DT UCLA

Demarco Sampson, WR San Diego State

I can't sit here and proclaim this draft a bust and I won't.  We got Patrick Peterson from LSU in round 1.  Even Ryan Williams may turn out great, but he's been picked for a position that is now loaded.  Carter doesn't have a ton of experience.  Drafting a FB is also a risky take.  All of these players have their upsides, but did the Cards really address some needs in the draft?  They did draft a LB in Sturdivant.  Acho is a DE the Cards could use some assistance at.

The Cards didn't get a QB in the draft.  I'm a little surprised they didn't pick up a guy they could groom.  That would still have left them with the luxury of going and getting a free agent QB, which they are going to still have to do anyway.

I guess only time will tell, but for now the overall grade is a "C".



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  • Chris

    Dude, really? They took gambles in rounds 4-7? DUH! It’s rounds 4-7! If players were less of a risk they would have gone in the first 2-3 rounds.

    And second. They don’t have a QB they can groom? What do you think John Skelton, Max Hall, Rich Bartel are? How many development QBs do you need on a team? 5 late round QBs aren’t going to equal one really good one.

    C’mon man.

  • Scott Allen

    Thanks for taking the time to comment Chris. I’m with you, I’m glad they didn’t pick up a QB late – would have been a wasted pick with Skelton already on the roster. If they were going to take a QB, take him early, otherwise it was clear they were going to get their QB in FA or via trade. Yes, many picks btwn rounds 4-7 are risks, it doesn’t make it any less true by saying it and making the point the Cards could have done better – which is just MY opinion. That’s all it is. Take care!

  • Ryan Ast

    The players we took in the draft we can build around. The team looks more appealing to players in free-agency. We did upgrade our pass rush by drafting Peterson. Last year with Greg Tolar we always had to have a safety to help. We now can put more guys in the box to help stuff the run and get more creative on Defense. They will sign a Veteran QB. Fitz is in his prime and the Cards plan has to look more appealing to him also. This will help when it comes to re-signing him!

  • John Stevens

    I hope all you cardinal fans are excited about ryan williams. You all got a steal. to say this was a prayer or hope pick is stupid. He’s the real deal. He should have prob been a top 20 pick but everyone kept saying he was injury prone which is bs. He’s only had one injury and that was a torn hamstring which he is now fully recovered from. Over 2100 yards rushing, 30 rushing TD’s, over 5.6 yds per carry when hes healthy, and only 1 fumble in a season and a half. He runs hard, is humble and is a student of the game. Might have to become a cards fan now.