Arizona Cardinals 2019 NFL Draft: 10 small school heroes you need to know
By Avery Duncan
The Arizona Cardinals are no stranger to drafting small-school products. They should continue that trend in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Since Steve Keim’s promotion to general manager in 2013, the Arizona Cardinals have selected 11 players from non-power conferences (including AAC). Those players include:
- Earl Watford – OG, James Madison, 2013
- John Brown – WR, Pittsburgh State, 2014
- Walter Powell – WR, Murray State, 2014
- David Johnson – RB, Northern Iowa, 2015
- Rodney Gunter – DL, Delaware State, 2015
- J.J. Nelson – WR, Alabama Birmingham, 2015
- Marqui Christian – S, Midwestern State, 2016
- Cole Turner – OG, Harvard, 2016
- Harlan Miller – CB, South Eastern Louisiana, 2016
- Chad Williams – WR, Grambling, 2017
- Chase Edmonds – RB, Fordham, 2018
Some of those selections (David Johnson) have turned out better than others (Chad Williams), but Keim has shown a good track record of finding diamonds in the rough. This years class shouldn’t be different. Although he may look for different personalities with Kliff Kingsbury than Bruce Arians, Keim should find his small-school prospects with ease.
Currently, Keim will likely look to fill these team needs in the draft; wide receiver, offensive line, slot cornerback, edge rusher, tight end, defensive line, and linebacker. Although this article doesn’t answer the problem for all of those needs, these ten players could be impact players for the Cardinals and could be drafted in either early or late rounds.
Honorable mentions: WR Penny Hart, DL Khalen Saunders, B.J. Blunt, Mekahle Wharring, LB Khalil Hodge, WR Anthony Johnson, OL Oli Udoh.