Re-evaluating And Grading The Cardinals 2014 Draft Picks Part 3
By Earl Burnett
Nov 30, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Anthony Boone (7) looks to pass as North Carolina Tar Heels defensive end Kareem Martin (95) defends in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona Cardinals first of two third round selections John Brown out of Pittsburg State University at the number 84th pick over-all.
Brown is not just a speed receiver, after viewing video he is an excellent route runner with dynamic hands and also returns punts and kick-offs on special teams.
A small player that certainly plays big from the heart to the field, his heart being heavy from the lost of his close older brother to a shooting outside of a club.
That is his drive and it is evident on tape, he plays the game with no fear, liking to a small barking dog that thinks its bigger than it is, Brown plays this game like his stature is the size of Terrell Owens.
He had multiple games with multiple touchdowns. but no game greater than his match-up to rival Lincoln University, where he score 36 of the teams 59 points.
Scoring a total of six touchdowns, four receiving,one rushing, and one 45 yard punt return, for a total of 294 all purpose yards in a single game.
Brown has broken every receiving record held at Pittsburgh State and does it in spectacular style with electric 4.34 speed.
The Cardinals get value at number three, a receiver that can come in and hold down the slot position right away, and can run the nine routes faster than any receiver on the roster and also help in the return game. This is the element that the team was looking for last year when they drafted small speed slot man Ryan Swope.
This third round pick gets a “B+” because its a need taking care of and its not a higher grade because of the level of competition in a division 2 school is less than a division one, but a good solid pick. On tape it is evident that Brown can be a better pro than college player because the professional Coaching and quarterbacks will make him look even better.
The second third round pick came at the number 91st pick over-all, and automatic value because this pick came via a trade with the New Orleans Saints landing the team with a good prospect pass rusher Kareem Martin out of North Carolina.
Martin could be the secret gem in this years draft standing 6’6 with 35 inch arms. He can contain outside runs and pass rush inside or outside the pocket.He has good strength and gets off the ball pretty quick.
Martin does a decent job shredding blocks but his technique will need a little tweaking.
Martin may have a hard time getting on the field with so many good veterans playing in front of him, but that will pay dividends later for him, maybe the team can have him in some spot duty to get his feet wet,and with his motor I don’t think it will take to long before his name is being called on Sunday’s. Watching him on video you can see the passion and love of the game and the determination to get to the passer. A liking to a slower version of Aldon Smith.
This pick will score a C+ because the pick was an extra pick but the Cardinals turned down an opportunity earlier to get a more rounded ready pass rusher and went for the tight end in the second round. But for a late third round pick the team got a good player to develop and perhaps become the steal in the draft.