Re-evaluating And Grading The Cardinals 2014 Draft picks Part 6


Aug 31, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Murray State Racers head coach Chris Hatcher talks with wide receiver Walter Powell (9) in a time out during the second half of the game against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. Missouri won 58-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The final pick for the Arizona Cardinals came in the sixth round as they selected wide receiver Walter Powell out of Murray State, wonderful to watch on video.

Powell shows the skill set of a wide receiver that can have a sudden breakout year once he has learned his position, at Murray state he was the teams leading wide receiver.

He has very good balance and some how has the knack to make the first defender miss, and he can get threw tight creases and of course dart to the end zone. Powell’s forty time at the combine was 4.63, but as we heard from Coach Bruce Arians “his real forty time was 4.45” and he did not record that at the combine because of a foot injury.

The skills set on tape show that Powell will be a good special teams player returning kick -offs as he scored on four returns during his previous season at Murray State.

This will give the Cardinals several options at returner besides using Patrick Peterson, preserving him where he can concentrate solely on defense.

The Cardinals will get a (C-) on this pick simply because its another player with some past issues the team is taking a chance on, good value because of his true speed and returner ability, and also because of his foot injury his stock may have dropped in the draft and could have went earlier.