The Arizona Cardinals drafted nine players in the 2013 NFL draft and many analysts are talking about how Jonathan Cooper might be a perennial Pro Bowl guard. They also like Kevin Minter in the second round, and Tyrann Mathieu has been a topic of discussion nationally. Herman Edwards was raving about the Cardinals drafting Stepfan Taylor and Ryan Swope and Andre Ellington were touted as steals in the 6th round.
But nobody’s talking about Earl Watford, the second guard drafted by Arizona in the fourth round out of James Madison. Nobody but the Cardinals, that is.
The Cards believe Earl Watford will be a future starter and the future might be sooner than one might think, including Watford. Big Earl is a natural athlete with excellent feet. He’s as strong as anybody on the field, has twitchy-quick explosion off the ball, and is as tough as they come. The guy has a mean streak and that is uncommon for many offensive lineman.
I think Watford might be the hidden gem of this draft. He probably needs a year to make the transition from a relatively small school to the best our species can offer but don’t be surprised if you see Big Earl sooner than later.