Arizona Cardinals Final Draft Report Card

With running back Tim Hightower (5), DE Calais Campbell (2), DC Dom Rodgers-Cromartie (1) all considered starters, the 2008 draft can be considered a total success. WR Early Doucet (3) could make a move this season. Guard Brandon Keith (7), DC Wilrey Fontenot (7) have been early disappointments.

Arizona Cardinals Grade - D NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
31 1 Wells, Chris RB Ohio St 6010v 235v 4.41v 1.141
63 2 Brown, Cody OB Connecticut 6021v 244v 4.79v 1.313
95 3 Johnson, Rashad DS Alabama 5112v 201v 4.56v 1.240
131 4 Tolar, Greg DC St Paul's 5110v 191v 4.48v 1.540
167 5 Johnson, Herman OG LSU 6072v 364v 5.58v 1.361
204 6 Davis, Will DE Illinois 6021v 261v 4.88v 1.773
240 7 Stephens-Howling, LaRod RB Pittsburgh 5070v 185v 4.48v 1.900
254 7 Canfield, Trevor OG Cincinnati 6040v 307v 5.32v 1.683

If physically sound, the Cardinals got an absolute steal at pick number 31, drafting Ohio State' Chris Wells. The birds might have reached some, but Cody Brown is a tough individual who showed wide rush skills. I thought Rashad Johnson, although undersized, was as impressive a safety as I viewed all season. Tolar impressed a lot of folks in the post season, but it's a long way from St Pauls to the NFL. I didn't like LSU's Herman Johnson' movement nor his ability to bend or recover, but in today's modern offensive systems (nobody pulls traps or work down the field) he should do just fine. What possibly could they have been thinking drafting back up running back LaRod Stephens-Howling from the University of Pittsburgh? He lacks top speed and at 5' 7" he is more than a 14 inches shorter and nearly a hundred and eighty pounds lighter than the aforementioned Herman Johnson! Come on boys, you are drafting for the NFL and not some junior college in Kansas! Canfield is a tough guy, but slipped badly as a senior. I didn't think he showed contact balance and didn't get good fit on blocks. He's stiff, a waist bender, has short arms, and I believe a three technique with wiggle would give him all types of problems.

BEST IN 3 YEARS: Chris Wells
UNDERRATED: Rashad Johnson
PROJECT: Greg Tolar
BEST COLLEGE F.A. Justin Brown
TOP TALENT SCOUT: David Razzano *
HUH?: Larod Stephens-Howling

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