Cardinals Final Draft Grades

The Arizona Cardinals concluded their fourth NFL Draft with the combination of GM Rod Graves and head coach Ken Whisenhunt at the helm. The early returns on this year's draft class have been positive but only time will tell how it turns out on the field. Brad Wilbricht grades each individual pick as well as the overall result of the Cardinals' draft.

Round 1 (No. 26 overall): Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee

For the third straight year, the draft board played out to the Arizona Cardinals advantage. Two years ago it was CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie falling to the Cardinals at pick No. 16 while RB Beanie Wells dropped all the way to the 31st pick a year ago. Williams, regarded as the draft's superior 3-4 nose tackle, wasn't expected to be on the board at pick No. 26. His availability made for an easy selection for general manager Rod Graves and company as Williams should develop into a full-time starter within a year or two.

Grade: A

Round 2 (No. 47 overall): Daryl Washington, LB, TCU

Washington was another player highly rated on Arizona's draft board and the Cardinals traded up to ensure they secure his services. Like Williams, Washington's skill-set is ideal for the 3-4 defense making him more valuable in Arizona. Washington's versatility will be put to good use in defensive coordinator Bill Davis' aggressive approach as he progresses to fill the shoes of departed Pro Bowl LB Karlos Dansby. A slight deduction here due to the added resources used to trade up.

Grade: B+

Round 3 (No. 88 overall): Andre Roberts, WR, Citadel

Roberts is a small-school prospect but has been labeled as one of the draft's most NFL-ready wide receivers. The Cardinals' need at receiver wasn't immediate but they felt the value of Roberts in Round 3 was too much for the team to pass up. Despite the many positives surrounding Roberts, reinforcements along the offensive line could have made more sense here. There's a chance Arizona knew they had a shot at signing Alan Faneca which makes this selection look better at this point.

Grade: B

Round 4 (No. 130 overall): O'Brien Schofield, OLB, Wisconsin

There's a good chance Schofield will begin the season on IR or the PUP list, leaving this pick truly to be determined. Schofield was one of the Big 10's most disruptive defenders but is coming off a serious knee injury suffered during Senior Bowl week. The Cardinals were loaded with aging pass-rushing specialists but have now refreshed those faces with Schofield and last year's second-round pick LB Cody Brown. This selection could go either way but I'll error on the side of caution.

Grade: C+

Round 5 (No. 155 overall): John Skelton, QB, Fordham

Skelton is a developmental prospect but the unknown signal caller has many of the necessary attributes of an NFL quarterback. Skelton has excellent size, footwork and arm strength but his decision making and ability to process opposing defenses will be the true barometer of his success. Given the presence of Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson already on the roster, Skelton should have time to adjust to the next level. However, the trade of CB Bryant McFadden for this pick downgrades the selection.

Grade: C

Round 6 (No. 201 overall): Jorrick Calvin, CB, Troy

Arizona likely targeted Calvin from the beginning of the draft, knowing he would be available in the later rounds. Calvin was ineligible for the 2009 season at Troy but the Cardinals' front office did its due diligence and determined Calvin was worth the risk at this point in the draft. Calvin's abilities rival that of a third or fourth-round prospect making him an extremely good value in Round 6. We'll take Graves' word that the off-field issues shouldn't be a problem and rate this an outstanding pick.

Grade: B+

Round 7 (No. 233 overall): Jim Dray, TE, Stanford

Arizona came into the draft with areas of need along the offensive line and tight end, waiting until day three to address one of those two needs. The Cardinals neglected to draft an offensive lineman but did invest a pick on Dray in Round 7. Dray will strictly be a blocking option at the professional level, limiting his contributions from the start. Final round draft picks are usually a crap shoot and I'll give the Cards the benefit of the doubt on their final selection of the 2010 draft.

Grade: B-

Overall Draft Grade: B

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