5 Arizona Cardinals who exceeded their draft expectations

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Adrian Wilson – S (2001)

Drafted 64th overall out of NC State, Adrian Wilson made a name for himself over his 12 seasons with the Cardinals. Today, he’s the team’s vice president of pro scouting, and he has even garnered interest for several open NFL general manager positions.

Before he started stealing the show in the front office, the imposing safety made a living by punishing opponents. During his time in Arizona, Wilson earned All-Pro honors three times, including recognition as a First-Team All-Pro in 2009. He also earned five trips to the Pro Bowl and has since been an inductee into the Cardinals Ring of Honor.

Despite not making the Pro Bowl in 2005, it stands out as his best season. He recorded 109 combined tackles and eight sacks, both career highs. He also set a career-high for 13 tackles for loss, and he followed up in 2006 with a four-interception season, including a 99-yard pick-six.

It’s hard for anyone on this list to beat Wilson’s numbers, but the final player has solidified his status in Canton.