Cardinals Draft Grades: Rounds 5-7

DE Will Davis (Getty)

It's widely thought that the ultimate success of a draft comes in the later rounds. Finding diamonds in the rough is a difficult feat due to limited exposure and information available on second day prospects. The Cardinals have excelled in this area recently and hope that continues this year. Brad Wilbricht dissects Arizona's Day 2 performance and grades the Cardinals draft picks in Rounds 5-7.

Round 5: Herman Johnson, OG, LSU
Grade: B


The Arizona Cardinals hit it big with their last two fifth-round picks in WR Steve Breaston and RB Tim Hightower. If Johnson's contributions are on that same level, the Cardinals' will have secured yet another steal in Round 5. Johnson (6'7", 364 pounds) is a massive prospect with surprising athleticism. While he'll be expected to shed a few pounds upon his arrival in Arizona, Johnson will still be one of the largest players in the NFL. Johnson was an All-American selection during his senior season with the Tigers but must improve his technique at the professional level. Teamed with offensive line coach Russ Grimm, there is no better place for Johnson to learn than Arizona.

Round 6: Will Davis, DE, Illinois
Grade: C+


The Cardinals are stocked full of young defensive ends and Davis is the newest addition of the bunch. Like second-round pick Cody Brown, Davis is an ideal candidate to transition and thrive in the 3-4 defense. Along with their current players, the addition of Brown and Davis allowed Arizona to cut ties with the oft-injured Travis LaBoy. LaBoy was the headliner of last year's free agent class but was ousted after just one year in the desert. Davis isn't near as explosive as Brown but can hold his own at the point of attack. Similar to last year's fourth-round pick, Kenny Iwebema, Davis is more of a threat against the run and should open up the edge for the Cardinals' pass rushers.

Round 7: LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, Pittsburgh
Grade: B


While many believed Arizona was interested in Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy earlier in the draft, the Cardinals were instead eyeing Stephens-Howling all along. Stephens-Howling should pick up where the departed J.J. Arrington left off and may even become an upgrade in the coming years. While Stephens-Howling (5'7", 180 pounds) is severely undersized, he displays excellent ability as a return specialist and a third-down back. He's an extremely shifty runner and could make a similar impact as Darren Sproles has with the San Diego Chargers. Along with first-round pick Chris Wells, Stephens-Howling brings a great deal of excitement to Arizona's group or running backs.

Round 7: Trevor Canfield, OG, Cincinnati
Grade: A-


The Cardinals obviously felt underwhelmed with their interior offensive line due to the fact they drafted both Johnson and Canfield. Canfield is somewhat of a project but great value in Round 7. The biggest knock on Canfield up to this point is his lack of agility and athletic ability. If he's able to improve those facets of his game, Canfield has a chance develop into a valuable commodity. While he exhibits just adequate quickness, Canfield's a tough and aggressive player who can help set the tone in the trenches. He'll provide the Cardinals with another quality backup and could step in and contribute as a rookie if needed.

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