Arizona Cardinals: Ranking every Steve Keim draft pick
18. Alex Okafor, EDGE
2013 – 4th round, pick 103
If Okafor had stayed healthy during his time with the Arizona Cardinals, he would’ve had a different spot on this list. But, he didn’t. He missed most of his rookie season but rebounded with an 8.0 sack performance his second-year. However, injuries coupled with inconsistent play derailed his time in Arizona. The Texas product moved on to the New Orleans Saints in 2017 and after 8.5 sacks in black and gold will be for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019.
17. Mason Cole, C
2018 – 3rd round, pick 97
Some will argue this is too high. After all, Cole struggled during his rookie year and has only logged just a season of play. But he did show a lot of promise on an offensive line that was anything but consistent. The Michigan product will likely have the first chance to earn the starting center gig for the 2019 season.
16. Chase Edmonds, RB
2018 – 4th round, pick 134
Again, some will find this to be way too high, but Chase Edmonds rounded out a solid 2018 draft class. While most considered him to be a reach in the fourth round, Edmonds backed up his high draft status with consistent play throughout his rookie year. As a backup to David Johnson, Edmonds racked up 311 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. He’s an exciting piece in the offense and figures to have a significant role under Kliff Kingsbury’s command.
15. Robert Nkemdiche, DL
2016 – 1st round, pick 29
Robert Nkemdiche has struggled to assimilate to the NFL game, but it may be too early to call the Ole Miss product a bust. As a 4-3 defensive tackle in 2018, Nkemdiche tallied 4.5 sacks, which is the most of his career (zero before). He showed promise as a threatening interior defensive lineman and will hope to do so the same in 2019. However, he will need to shake the injury-prone label before the Arizona Cardinals consider giving him a second contract.