Best of the Best: Top Draft Selections

The Arizona Cardinals have found recent success in the draft, thanks to the crafty scouting of Ken Whisenhunt's new regime. Since the Cardinals franchise relocated to Arizona, just who makes the list as the top draft choices? Tyson Qualls wraps up his two part series with the top five draft picks in modern Cardinals history.

5. Larry Centers:

Drafted in the 5th round of the 1990 draft, Centers became one of the top pass catching fullbacks to play in the NFL. He finished his career with nearly 7,000 receiving yards. Centers played for Arizona from 1990 until 1998, giving the Cardinals eight seasons with at least 400 yards receiving.

The talented fullback also displayed impressive durability. From 1992-1998, he missed only a single game. His best season came in 1995 when he caught 101 passes and finished with 962 total receiving yards.

4. Aeneas Williams:

One of the premier lockdown corners of the 90's, Williams came to the Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 1991 draft. Williams spent ten seasons with the Cardinals and was frequently a one-man highlight on defense.

Forced to work with a poor pass rush, Williams shined in spite of the ineptitude. He intercepted 46 passes during his stay with the Cardinals and did not miss a game in ten years. Williams was also an eight time Pro-Bowler during his career, a true steal in the third round.

3. Adrian Wilson:

The career of Wilson is still in full force and he is arguably the most talented player on the Cardinals defense. Like Centers and Williams, Wilson was another late round steal. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2001 draft, Wilson hit his stride in 2005. That season he brought the quarterback down eight times and finished with 93 tackles.

The current Cardinals' safety is a great defensive leader and essentially adds another linebacker in running situations. He is one of the few bright stops in a bumbling 2001 draft that produced only one long-term addition to the team.

2. Anquan Boldin:

The three time Pro Bowler caught 400 passes faster than any receiver in NFL history. He quickly surpassed Bryant Johnson, the Cardinals first round selection in the same year. Boldin was extraordinary right of the gate, going for 217 yards in his first NFL game.

The only knock on Boldin's stay with the Cardinals has been his frequent expressions of discontent. He trade demands were finally met this off-season and the Cardinals sent one of the best receivers in franchise history packing.

1. Larry Fitzgerald:

Fitzgerald has lived up to the hype throughout his career, peaking with his playoff performance during the Super Bowl run. He was virtually untouchable and carried the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance.

Fitzgerald was the third overall pick in 2004 and has since gone to four Pro Bowls. He has already totaled over 7000 yards receiving and 59 touchdowns. With the loss of Boldin and Warner, the Cardinals top draft pick will be counted upon more than ever to carry the team to the post season.

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