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2011 NFL Draft - Arizona Cardinals
LSU CB Patrick Peterson
LSU CB Patrick Peterson
Posted Apr 30, 2011

Arizona Cardinals - NFC West, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

Arizona Cardinals

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay 

- 2010 Arizona Draft Breakdown

First Round  
CB Patrick Peterson, LSU 6-0, 219 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 5 CFN Overall Ranking: 1

It’s not a bad thing to get the safest player in the draft at the five. Arizona doesn’t necessarily need a corner, but if you’re going to get a big, fast, athletic playmaker at a top-shelf level, you do it and you enjoy. He’s not going to be an NFL returner for too long because he’ll be too talented a defensive back. Eventually he’ll be a whale of a safety, and he’s a perfect Cover-2 corner, but he’ll be asked to sit on an island from Day One and produce.

CFN Analysis: If there’s such a thing as a perfect defensive back prospect, Peterson might be it. He’s big, smooth as silk, a strong hitter, and very, very fast checking in with a 4.34 in the 40. He has no problems getting physical and isn’t going to shy away from making a stop, and he makes teams pay for trying to go his way with the ability to take the ball away and do something big with it. While he can be a lock-down cover-corner on any No. 1 target, he might end up making the biggest splash, eventually, as a whale of a free safety with limitless range and playmaking potential. The only possible problem might be a slight issue of consistency. He rose to the occasion, but he also needed a challenge. And then there’s the issue with the hype. Like all great corners, the ego is overflowing, and now the fawning has become so over the top that anything less than a perennial Pro Bowl career will be a disappointment.
CFN Projection: First Round  

Second Round    
RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech 5-10, 212
Overall Pick No. 38 CFN Overall Ranking: 44

Is this saying something about Beanie Wells? Tim Hightower apparently isn’t going to be a part of mix, and Wells can’t be counted on, so the Cardinals are passing on Ryan Mallett and the quarterback situation by getting a powerful star for the ground game. He’s fast, tough, and talented, but he can’t seem to stay healthy either. Between Beanie and Williams, the Cardinals will have to hope to always have someone who can carry the ball.

CFN Analysis: Extremely quick and with a pop to his finishes, he flies through the hole and doesn’t get brought down with a simple arm tackle. Give him a sliver of daylight and he’ll fly through it. With a passion for the game, he wants to succeed and he wants to be The Guy who takes over the offense and makes it his. The problem is his durability. He was a one-year wonder and couldn’t get over an ankle injury that kept him down most of the season, but if he’s asked to be a part of a rotation, even if he’s the No. 1 guy, he’ll be phenomenal.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Third Round   
TE Rob Housler, Florida Atlantic 6-5, 248
Overall Pick No. 69 CFN Overall Ranking: 160

The Cardinals really, REALLY don’t want Ryan Mallett. They must have a veteran quarterback waiting in the wings to take a tight end over a passer, but Housler is a terrific athlete who can stretch the field. With Ryan Williams taken earlier and Housler to add to the passing game, the offense is putting together the pieces. Now it needs someone to throw the ball.

CFN Analysis: A terrific athlete, he was the fastest of the tight ends at the Combine tearing off a 4.55 while zipping through the short drills, but while he’s a great athlete with excellent speed, he’s not bulky and he’ll be mediocre when it comes to providing the big block. He’s not the most natural of receivers and he’s not a great route runner, but don’t be shocked if he’s not a much better pro than he was a collegian.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Fourth Round   
DE Sam Acho, Texas 6-2, 262
Overall Pick No. 103 CFN Overall Ranking: 71

CFN Analysis: One of the highest-character players in the draft, he’ll win the NFL Man of the Year before his career is out. On the field, he’s a supreme athlete who leads by example and will always bring the A effort to every practice and ever play. It would be nice if he was a little bigger and wasn’t so short and squatty, and he didn’t produce as well as a player with his talent should, getting erased by too many good blockers. He was always a good prospect and then he upped his stock in a big way at the Combine and at the Senior Bowl. He’ll be the type of player every team wants to have, and he’ll be great in the locker room.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Fifth Round    
FB Anthony Sherman, Connecticut 5-10, 242
Overall Pick No. 136 CFN Overall Ranking: 117

CFN Analysis: A great East-West Shrine week upped his stock after a strong season paving the way for Jordan Todman. A strong producer who doesn’t get pushed around, he’s a leader who’ll always battle and will always lead by example. He’s not an athlete and he won’t be a receiver, and he’ll be in for one thing and one thing only – run blocking – but he’ll be great at it.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Sixth Round   
OLB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina 6-1, 241 (OLB)
Overall Pick No. 171 CFN Overall Ranking: 41

CFN Analysis: A short, squatty hitter who doesn’t necessarily have the right body or the right look, but he has great instincts, is smart, tough, and is always around the ball. Not quite ideal to be used as a playmaker in the backfield from the outside, he’s not going to be a pass rusher, but he knows what he’s doing and always finds ways to get around the ball. He’s not going to be the best linebacker in a corps, but he could be the leader everyone works around. No, he wasn’t part of the Tar Heels who got in trouble with the NCAA, but he did miss the opener against LSU before getting cleared to get back on the field,
CFN Projection: Third Round 

Sixth Round
DT David Carter, UCLA
6-5, 297
Overall Pick No. 184  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: A tweener, he's a defensive tackle who can get into the backfield and be used as a 3-4 end if needed. He isn't going to be a regular rock against the run, but he's good enough to be a part of a rotation with a little bit of time and effort in the weight room.
CFN Projection:
Free Agent

Seventh Round   
WR Demarco Sampson, San Diego State 6-2, 204
Overall Pick No. 249 CFN Overall Ranking: 224

CFN Analysis: With decent size and just enough speed to get by, he has nice tools and he knows how to use them to get open. A fighter, he catches anything close to him and he’ll battle to come up with the key catch, but he’s not going to do much of anything for the ground game and he’s always banged up. The biggest problem is his age, about to turn 26, and he’ll have a short shelf life. He’ll be just good enough to really, really want to keep around, but not talented enough to spend too much time off the practice squad.
CFN Projection:
Free Agent