With the need to win and to do it soon, the Cardinals hoped to build momentum off a solid off-season. The signing of Edgerin James improves the running game ten fold and the team looked to fill other areas through the draft.
Matt Leinart was great
value with the tenth pick of round one and should do well with the franchise.
While he preferred to play for the Jets in New York, the small market of Arizona
will reduce the pressure on Leinart and allow him to slowly develop. Having
terrific skill players also helps. There was a need for offensive line help and Duece
Lutui was a start in the right direction. We feel the beginning part of
round two was early for his services, yet Lutui could quickly earn a starting
spot as a rookie. Considering the Cards came away with Leonard Pope in
round three, Lutui was acceptable a round earlier. Pope had been falling as
scouts did not like his long, lanky build and are concerned about his blocking
skills at the next level. We think the criticisms are groundless and Pope will
do fine in the NFL. At the top of his game Gabe Watson is a dominant
inside defender who controls the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately Watson only
occasionally plays to his level of ability, which is why he dropped into round
four, where he was good value. The teams final three selections were all good
value and each has a real shot to make the final roster.