Marco Wilson, CB/Florida
A decent pickup for need, the Cardinals snagged Wilson with the 31st pick in the fourth round. However, with prospects Shaun Wade and Keith Taylor on the board, this was a reach. Wilson is also best suited for the slot, as opposed to lining up on the outside.
So this is one of those draft picks with a bit of upside in terms of need. But it has a lot of downside given Wilson’s spotty production and potential inability to become an outside corner. Of course, we said the same about Byron Murphy, and he has held up well when asked to play on the outside at times.
The Cardinals best bet is to keep Robert Alford, and let Wilson sit behind him for at least a season. Sure, a fourth-round pick is often a gamble regardless, so perhaps Wilson can evolve into a solid contributor a year or two from today.
Grade – C: Wilson made sense position-wise. Unfortunately, there were better corners on the board and Wilson’s biggest strength is in the slot. Something the Cardinals have with Murphy.