ARIZONA CARDINALS

ESPN: Cardinals would take CB Bradberry in 2016 re-draft

Feb 28, 2017, 2:09 PM

When it comes to the NFL Draft, there really is no such thing as a do-over.

But wouldn’t it be fun if there was?

The premise was taken on by Sports Illustrated, who had the Cardinals snagging QB Jared Goff in the re-draft, and in ESPN’s version, the Cardinals instead land a cornerback.

ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss writes:

Re-draft pick: James Bradberry, CB, Samford

Actual pick: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Nkemdiche was a top-five talent who fell into Arizona’s lap, but didn’t pan out during his rookie year as expected. Cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson was the Cardinals’ liability all season long, even with consistent starter Marcus Cooper in the lineup. Bradberry had the unenviable task of replacing Josh Norman as the Panthers’ No. 1 corner. With the Cardinals, he would’ve transitioned to the NFL from an FCS school without the spotlight. He had two interceptions, six pass breakups and six passes defensed, which would’ve given the Cardinals the peace of mind they needed as quarterbacks stayed away from Peterson.

Nkemdiche did not have the season many expected him to have in his first year. The defensive lineman suffered an ankle injury in training camp and went on to appear in just five games. Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians had issues with Nkemdiche’s maturity, but by the end of the season was praising the rookie’s growth.

Bradberry, on the other hand, was a contributor for the Panthers. The rookie who was actually a second-round pick played in 13 games and notched 59 tackles, along with his two picks.

For those wondering, ESPN had the Los Angeles Rams selecting Dak Prescott first overall in the re-draft.

Presented By
Western Governors University

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray...

Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals ‘nothing but impressed’ with QB Kyler Murray entering Year 6

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwilll and general manager Monti Ossenfort are pleased with what Kyler Murray is bringing to the table.

1 day ago

Zaven Collins celebrates...

Tyler Drake

Zaven Collins’ 5th-year option around $13 million if picked up by Cardinals

Given where Zaven Collins slots in on the fifth-year option tiers, the Cardinals would be on the hook for $13.2 million if they pick it up.

2 days ago

Arizona Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort talks with head coach Michael Bidwill...

Tyler Drake

Bidwill: Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort has resources necessary to attack free agency

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill is excited for what GM Monti Ossenfort has cooking when it comes to 2024 free agency.

3 days ago

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill in the Arizona Sports studio...

Jesse Morrison

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill gushes about GM Monti Ossenfort 1 year into job

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill seems pleased with how general manager Monti Ossenfort and head coach Jonathan Gannon have done so far.

3 days ago

Presented By...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill talks belief in Monti Ossenfort and Jonathan Gannon

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill joined Bickley & Marotta for Newsmakers Week and talked about his belief in Monti Ossenfort and Jonathan Gannon.

3 days ago

Rome Odunze celebrates...

Tyler Drake

Jeremiah: Cardinals can’t go wrong with any of top 3 WR NFL Draft prospects

When it comes down to the top three wide-receiving draft prospects, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah sees nothing but No. 1 WR potential.

3 days ago

ESPN: Cardinals would take CB Bradberry in 2016 re-draft