Since 2008, the Cardinals top draft picks have underperformed, a trend they'll look to end this…
Cardinals' 2010 draft class shows promise
2010 DRAFT PICKS
1 (26) Dan Williams, NT: Started the season slowly and was held out of the fourth game because he was overweight. Williams improved as the season progressed and was a factor in the final month.
Williams shows promise as the anchor of the Cardinals' defensive line for years to come. However, he must prove he can stay on the field and contribute consistently.
2 (47) Daryl Washington, ILB: He started most of the season and struggled until late in the year. Only 230 pounds, Washington had difficulty shedding blocks inside and was taken advantage of in the run game. But he's very fast with good instincts and showed improvement.
Washington was one of the few bright spots in Arizona a year ago. Washington took advantage of early playing time during his rookie campaign and should develop into an outstanding middle linebacker in the 3-4 defense.
3 (88) Andre Roberts, WR: He looked overmatched through the summer and early in the season. He struggled to catch passes and punts. But coach Ken Whisenhunt stuck with him, and Roberts showed great improvement in the second half of the year.
Roberts was a legitimate F following a tough early start to his career, but the former Citadel star continued to progress throughout the year. His late-season emergence provides hope for the future.
4 (130) O'Brien Schofield, OLB: A knee injury caused him to miss the first half of the season, and Schofield was limited when he did play. But the club knew that would happen when it drafted him, and coaches are hoping to see great progress this fall.
The fact that Schofield even saw the field in 2010 was an amazing accomplishment. Not only did Schofield play but he demonstrated the ability to be a disruptive pass rusher off the edge. A potential breakout performer in 2011.
5 (155) John Skelton, QB: He came to the Cardinals with an enormous learning curve ahead of him, but Skelton showed progress. He started late in the year, and while his stats weren't great, he didn't look out of place.
Skelton did more than anyone could have expected during his rookie season. Skelton's ability to effectively manage a handful of games down the stretch was impressive for a raw, developmental prospect for the future.
6 (201) Jorrick Calvin, CB: He was traded to the Eagles before the start of the season and was a reserve corner and kick returner before an injury sidelined him.
Calvin was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cardinals cut the player they received in return, FB Charles Scott.
7 (233) Jim Dray, TE: Another slow starter who came on for the Cardinals. By the end of the season, he had become a consistent blocker and was catching a few passes.
Dray logged adequate playing time in 2010 and should see an increased role during his second season. Dray's potential allowed the team to part ways with veteran Anthony Becht and Ben Patrick could be the next casualty.
The Sports Xchange contributed to this report
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