Beans here, and I'll be breaking down the Cardinals Draft report from last weekend. It was a doozy.
1st Round Pick 30: TJ Watt, OLB - Wisconsin
Well what do they say? You plant corn, you get corn. TJ Watt, the younger brother of Browns All-Pro JJ Watt, is nothing short of exciting. High impact player that has just begun to scratch the surface of his playmaking ability. The Cardinals also made a statement with this pick. They want high class players. After their recent first round selection of Randy Gregory, the organization had to go a different route. The Cardinals may have reached a bit here, but they still get a high quality edge rusher to learn behind James Harrison and Ryan Kerrigan.
2nd Round Pick 57: Shaquill Griffin, CB - UCF
Stop me if you've heard this before...The Cardinals drafted a CB in the first two rounds. Ok, but this pick is different. Namely, because this draft class was loaded with CB talent. The fact that a 6'3" CB, who runs a 4.38 40, who can play defense, was still available this late, made this decision a no brainer. Shaquill Griffin will look to make an instant impact in a depleted Arizona secondary day 1. Rumors among NML owners are that Griffin would have been taken at the very next selection by the Steelers.
3rd Round Pick 91: Davis Webb, QB -CAL
This is the first time Owner and GM Keith Geyer drafted a QB. Many critics and fans alike are calling this pick a waste because they already have young run and gun qb Marcus Mariota. However, unlike Mariota, Webb is a different breed of qb. A large pocket passer, who will serve as a quality long term backup...or trade bait.
3rd Round Pick 95: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT - UCLA
Arizona is still looking for that premier DT, the guy who can force double teams, and free up lanes for the linebackers. Eddie can be that guy. Just last year, Arizona drafted Javon Hargrave at about the same draft selection, however Hargrave is still learning, and could use a little extra competition in camp this year.
3rd Round Pick 98: Desmond King, CB - Iowa
The defensive coordinator of Arizona is licking his lips after this pick. Finally, a CB/S hybrid player who can provide ultimate versatility in the secondary. King is a Jim Thorpe trophy recipient in 2015, and is a natural ball hawk. The fact that King was available this late in the draft means that a majority of teams weren't doing their homework. King is obsessed with intercepting the ball and should make an impact on the field as a nickel corner this year.
5th Round Pick 165: Isaiah Ford, WR - Virginia Tech
A great sleeper pick for the Arizona Cardinals. Ford is a master of manipulating speeds to fool CB's. He's a great route runner who just needs a good quarterback to really be successful in the NML. Look for Ford to become the next Antonio Brown.
Traded 6th Round Pick 186 for: Roderick Johnson, OT - Florida State
The Cardinals needed an OT opposite of Villaneuva. They made a great trade with the Tennessee Titans who picked their guy they wanted. Johnson is a mountain of a man, has telephone poles for arms, and would best be suited as a run blocking Right Tackle (which is exactly what Arizona needs). This was a great decision as they couldn't find an OT that suited their needs earlier in the draft. Johnsons biggest downfall is his mobility. He's stiff as a tree, but once he gets moving, theres not many that can stop him.