Putting the Cardinals' newest additions on hold, the rest of the division is also enjoying a successful draft. The St. Louis Rams finally got their franchise quarterback in Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and help along the offensive line. Rodger Saffold of Indiana was one of the fastest rising prospects in this year's draft and will help protect Bradford for years to come. Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers focused on fortifying their offensive line in effort to help QB Alex Smith realize his potential.
Back to the Cardinals, where they followed up on highly regarded picks in the first two rounds with another solid performance on Saturday. Arizona nabbed Wisconsin OLB O'Brien Schofield with pick No. 130 after moving down from the 123rd pick. The Cardinals also received pick No. 201 in the deal. Schofield suffered a knee injury during Senior Bowl week and could have been selected as high as Round 2 if not for the setback.
The most shocking move of the day by the Cards' front office up to this point came when they cut ties with CB Bryant McFadden after just one season in the desert. Arizona shipped McFadden and pick No. 195 back to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for the 155th overall pick. General manager Rod Graves used that pick on a developmental quarterback for the future, John Skelton from Fordham. Skelton (6-foot-5, 243 pounds) has one of the strongest arms in the draft and enters the NFL in a similar mold as Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco.
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