2010 NFL Draft Analysis
Round (17-32) |
2nd Round |
| 5th Round
| Top Free Agents
Dan Williams, DT Tennessee 6-2, 327
Overall Pick 26 CFN Overall Ranking: 11
A terrific value pick, Williams isn’t the best tackle in the draft, but he might be the best pure run stopper and is way too good to pass up at this spot. The Cardinals need a quarterback and didn’t want Jimmy Clausen and didn’t go after a linebacker, but there’s no
faulting the value of a huge tackle with Williams’ upside.
Everyone will focus on Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, and rightly so, but Williams isn’t as far behind prospect-wise as some might think. Very big and very tough, he’s a brick of granite who can sit in the middle of the line and swallow everything up. An ideal two-gap tackle, he’s quick for his size once he gets engaged. He could stand to get stronger after a mediocre 27 lifts at the Combine, and he was a bit of a one-year wonder who only blossomed after Monte Kiffin took over the defense, and he won’t get into the backfield, but he can be a top run stopper for a long time.
CFN Projection: First Round
Second Round (from New England from Tennessee)
Daryl Washington, ILB TCU 6-2, 230
Overall Pick No.47 CFN Overall Ranking: 28
Combining with the pick of Dan Williams late in the first round, Arizona is getting amazing value to beef up the defense. Washington should be the next great all-around playmaker for the Cardinal defense. He’ll be a disruptive force with great players around him.
One of the high risers, he’s a terrific athlete with a good frame, a lot of fight, and a fantastic burst. He needs to get a lot stronger after only coming up with 17 reps on the bench, and he’s a beefed up safety-sized player without much room to get bigger, but the upside is tremendous. There isn’t a lot of wear on the tires and he could be scratching the surface, but he might end up working more on the outside as his career goes on if he’s not playing in a 3-4. He’s not an NFL middle linebacker.
CFN Projection: Second Round
Third Round (from Baltimore)
Andre Roberts, WR Citadel 5-11, 195
Overall Pick 88 CFN Overall Ranking: 141
After going defense with the first two picks, the Cardinals need to address the passing game. Wind him up on the other side of Larry Fitzgerald and let him go. He’s not going to be asked to be Anquan Bolden right away, but he’s a talented prospect who should be able to thrive in time in single coverage.
With excellent 4.46 speed and great route running ability, he has the raw tools and the toughness to do a little bit of anything. He can work inside or out and he gets deep. With the skills along with the work ethic, he has the potential to be a long time pro. While he has good wheels, he doesn’t have elite speed and his size could be a problem against more physical corners. He bulked up a bit over the year and doesn’t have any room to get stronger.
CFN Projection: Third Round
Fourth Round (from New Orleans)
O’Brien Schofield, OLB Wisconsin 6-2, 221 (DE)
Overall Pick 130 CFN Overall Ranking: 221
A nice pick who could be a steal if he’s given time, he would’ve gone in the top 100 had he not wrecked his knee this offseason. When he’s right, he’s a disruptive force who can become a devastating specialist, but again, he needs time. Lots and lots of time. This is a pick for 2011 when his knee is right again.
Tragically, Schofield tore his ACL in an East-West Shrine practice after being unblockable at times and becoming the talk of the early offseason. Way too small to be a regular NFL defensive end, he proved he could make the transition to outside linebacker before the knee injury, but now there’s a question if his ACL will be too much to overcome for a player of his size. He can be erased by good, strong linemen and he’ll need to pack on the pounds to be able to hold up on the line. Clutch, he always seemed to get into the backfield and to the quarterback just when the team needed it the most. He’d have likely been a top 100 pick before the injury, and he could be a gem later on for anyone patient enough to let him heal.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round
Fifth Round (from Pittsburgh from Philadelphia)
John Skelton, QB Fordham 6-5, 243
Overall Pick 155 CFN Overall Ranking: 170
Count it down … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … how many Cardinal fans are already looking to see if Skelton can replace Matt Leinart? Unlike the former USC star, Skelton can get it deep, and considering the Cardinals have Larry Fitzgerald and just drafted Andre Roberts, it could potentially be bombs away.
Forget about all the spread quarterbacks; here’s a true bomber who can push the ball all around the field. There’s a problem with arm strength in this class, but not with Skelton who has the gun to make all the throws with the raw skills that Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and the other top prospects aren’t close to owning. Playing at Fordham was an issue and he needs time against faster, better competition, and there are some major design flaws that have to be worked on. His mechanics are lazy because of his arm and he has little in the way of mobility. He’s hardly a special prospect, but he has enough of an arm to make NFL quarterback coaches think that something might be there.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round
Sixth Round (from New Orleans)
Jorrick Calvin, CB Troy 5-11, 184
Overall Pick 201 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent
The Cardinals are trying to load up with athletes, and while Colvin doesn’t really fit any type and he’s not likely to make the roster, he’s just active enough to potentially see time as a backup corner early on. However, he’ll have to be a special teamer to have any hope of staying.
CFN Projection: Free Agent
Jim Dray, TE Stanford 6-5, 246
Overall Pick 224 CFN Overall Ranking: Free Agent
A rare blocking tight end who has just good enough hands to be used as a receiver, he’ll be a tough cut for the Cardinals. While he’s not a need pick and he’ll have to find a niche right away, he has just enough upside to get a long look and be used in a variety of roles.
CFN Projection: Free Agent