Analyzing the Arizona Cardinals 2021 draft class after year one

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Zaven Collins
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Zaven Collins /
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After their first regular season in the NFL, what did we learn about the players the Arizona Cardinals selected in the 2021 NFL Draft?

The Arizona Cardinals once again whiffed the NFL Draft, though it should come as no surprise since Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has turned draft whiffs into an annual event.

Remember in 2016 when Keim took a chance on Robert Nkemdiche? Or what about 2018, with Josh Rosen? Really, has any Cardinal been a ringer of a first-round selection?

D.J. Humphries made his first trip to the Pro Bowl, but even he had a marginal season after dominating most of 2020. And now, things look to be heading south with Kyler Murray. At least Isaiah Simmons played somewhat well in 2021, but too many of his tackles occurred four yards downfield.

The Cardinals have had some hits, especially in the secondary. Chase Edmonds evolved into a contributor. There are others, but it seems like 2021 was, once again, a mediocre haul for the Cardinals. Let’s see how they fared, starting with the first-rounder, Zaven Collins.