Cards' draft looks even better after one season
But does anybody really know how these players will adjust to the pro ranks and actually help their team? The answer to that question is a resounding 'no'.
That's why it's refreshing when draft experts revisit what happened on draft night, and assign new grades for teams based on what actually happened on the football field. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. did just that, and the Arizona Cardinals received a slightly higher grade for their draft night activities after one season.
Kiper originally gave the Cards a B- for a draft that included 5th overall pick Patrick Peterson out of LSU and running back Ryan Williams from Virginia Tech.
After the season, Kiper gave the Cardinals a B. Why?
What isn't debatable, however, is that Peterson is the real deal. I gave the Cards an A-minus for value because Peterson was No. 1 on my Big Board going into the season. He needed refinement at corner, but his improvement was steady from Week 1 through Week 17, and he's right there with Devin Hester already as one of the most dangerous return men in the league.
Peterson is headed to the Pro Bowl as the NFC kick returner after tying an NFL record with four punt returns for touchdowns. He was also the only rookie on the AP All-Pro Team released earlier this week.
Of course, Williams was unable to help the Cardinals' revisited grade because he suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee in the preseason and spent the year on injured reserve.
Kiper also lauds fourth round pick Sam Acho, who had 7 sacks and cracked the starting lineup at outside linebacker midway through the season, and 6th round pick David Carter (16 tackles, 1 sack) for adding depth.
Check out Kiper's entire regrading of the 2011 NFL Draft here (must be an ESPN Insider).
- Karlos Dansby, Cardinals linebacker - Friday May 10Dansby tells Doug & Wolf how excited he is to be back and how he plans to contribute
- Calais Campbell, AZ Cardinals defensive end - Monday May 6Big #93 talks to the guys about the new coaching staff and becoming more of a leader
- Calais Campbell, Cardinals DE - Friday May 3Campbell talks about his inaugural charity golf tournament debuting this weekend. Also, he gives his
- Andre Ellington, Cardinals RB - Thursday May 2Arizona's 6th round pick joins the show to reminisce on his college career and talk about what he br
- Earl Watford, Cardinals 4th Round Selection - Wednesday May 1Earl Watford talked to Doug & Wolf about his strengths and being drafted out of a small school.