Outside of the signing of this year’s undrafted free agents, the 2010 NFL Draft is now complete. The Arizona Cardinals draft results have been overshadowed by other teams in the division, but should have a solid return for years to come. The Cardinals addressed almost every area of need throughout the draft and also selected a handful of developmental prospects for the future.
The Arizona Cardinals look to have acquired extreme value with their first four picks of the draft and while that could hold true for their final three selections, it will be a much tougher road. Tennessee DT Dan Williams and TCU LB Daryl Washington step into an ideal situation with the Cardinals due to their ability to thrive in the 3-4 defense. Both players weren’t expected to be available when Arizona was on the clock in the first two rounds but as the draft unfolded both were still on the board.
Third-round pick WR Andre Roberts from Citadel doesn’t address an immediate need but he’s been praised as one of the most polished wideouts in the draft. Roberts will help fill the void left by departed Pro Bowler Anquan Boldin and can also contribute on special teams. Wisconsin LB O’Brien Schofield, picked in Round 4, could boast the most value of any player in the draft. Schofield is an extremely disruptive defender and would have been selected much higher if not for a knee injury during Senior Bowl week.
While the three before mentioned players are expected to make an impact relatively soon, that may not be the case for the Cardinals' remaining draft picks. Fordham QB John Skelton is a developmental prospect who will need time to adjust to the NFL level. Skelton has ideal measurables, excellent footwork and one of the strongest arms in the draft. However, his learning curve of the Arizona offense will more than likely keep him on the sidelines for the immediate future.
Troy CB Jorrick Calvin is another pick that could turn into outstanding value coming out of the sixth round. Calvin was ineligible for the 2009 season due to academics and will be coming to the desert after an entire year off. Although Calvin’s time away cost him significant experience, he has more tread left on the tires. Additionally, Calvin's academic woes allowed the Cardinals’ front office to select him in Round 6, where he’s considered more of a fourth-round talent.
Arizona concluded its draft festivities with the selection of TE Jim Dray from Stanford. Dray is more of a blocking tight end and could have the most challenging time making the roster than any of this year’s draftees. If Dray does see any playing time it will likely be as an extension of the offensive line, paving the way for the Cardinals’ emerging running game.
Next up for Arizona is the signing of this year’s undrafted free agents. Stay tuned to AZRedReport.com for the latest rookie free-agent signings and continuing analysis of the Cardinals’ newcomers.
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