Updated Apr 30, 2012 - 3:07 pm
What they're saying about the Cardinals' draft
Two-hundred-fifty-three players have now made the jump from college football to the NFL following the 2012 draft.
The Arizona Cardinals selected a total of seven players during the weekend, and locally, are getting a lot of praise for what they accomplished.
But what are the national experts saying?
Having Michael Floyd in this lineup will help Larry Fitzgerald and Kevin Kolb. If they can find a way to pass block, Floyd's presence should tell the Cardinals if they have their QB of the future, or whether they need to go back to the drawing board. But I'm not sure they can protect. Bobby Massie is one of the better values of the draft at No. 112 overall, and could provide an upgrade. Grade: B-
The Cardinals need a No. 2 corner opposite Patrick Peterson, so Fleming should have the opportunity to compete for significant playing time. He has good size and improved steadily during his time at Oklahoma. Fleming was productive, has good instincts in zone coverage and the potential to hold up in bump-and-run coverage as well.
Ranked 20th of 32 teams: We thought they'd support QB Kevin Kolb (or is it John Skelton?) with an offensive lineman in Round 1 after the team gave up 54 sacks a year ago. Instead they assisted the quarterbacks by taking WR Michael Floyd, a decision that looked really good when Ole Miss T Bobby Massie fell to them in Round 4.
Larry Fitzgerald badly needed some help at wide receiver, and the Cardinals hope that Michael Floyd will provide it. Not having a second-round pick hurt the final product, but CB Jamell Fleming (No. 80 overall) is a decent fit and Bobby Massie was a steal at 112. Adding offensive linemen Senio Kelemte and Nate Potter late ought to help a shaky unit. Grade: B
They wisely addressed receiver and the edge of their offensive line. It sets up them for when they go after a bona fide franchise QB in the near future. Grade: B
I didn't like the Michael Floyd pick in the first round. He doesn't run well enough to warrant that pick. And they had a lot of other needs. Grade: C+
Headlines will focus on receiver Michael Floyd, but tackles Bobby Massie and Senio Kelemete could boost the team's chances at winning the NFC West.
This is a really good value draft. The Cardinals waited to get Floyd at the perfect spot (No. 13 overall). Likewise, they did a good job to get Fleming, Massie, Kelemete and Lindley at least a round later (if not more) than a lot of people projected them. The selection of Floyd makes Arizona's offense much more explosive because now defenses won't be able to focus on WR Larry Fitzgerald as much. Plus, this helps make the job easier for QB Kevin Kolb, who is entering a critical season after an inconsistent 2011. Grade: B+
They got great value with Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd, who should take a lot of pressure off Larry Fitzgerald. Floyd has had past drinking problems, but he also caught 37 touchdown passes and can be Plaxico Burress-like in the red zone. ... Oklahoma cornerback Jamell Fleming was a steal as the 80th overall pick and ideally fits the Cardinals' blitz-scheme approach to defense. Grade: B+
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