- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Things to consider when weighing whether the Cardinals should accept less than a second-round choice in return for receiver Anquan Boldin:
Cody Brown, Calais Campbell, Alan Branch, Deuce Lutui, J.J. Arrington, Karlos Dansby, Boldin, Levar Fisher, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Michael Stone and Raynoch Thompson were all second-round choices for the Cardinals since 2000.
Rashad Johnson, Early Doucet, Buster Davis, Leonard Pope, Eric Green, Darryl Blackstock, Darnell Dockett, Gerald Hayes, Josh McCown, Dennis Johnson, Adrian Wilson and Darwin Walker were all third-round draft choices for the Cardinals since 2000.
Let's remove three of those players from the discussion -- Brown, Johnson and Doucet -- because they haven't been around long enough to evaluate.
That leaves us with 10 second-round choices and 10 third-round choices. Arizona's third-rounders produced more stars (Dockett, Wilson) but also far more complete busts (Davis, Blackstock, Johnson, Walker).
The second-rounders produced one star (Boldin) and more good players (Dansby, Campbell, Lutui, Vanden Bosch) without as many complete busts (Stone). Even the underwhelming second-round choices (Arrington, Thompson, Branch, Fisher) made contributions.
I don't think Arizona can get a second-round choice for Boldin under the circumstances. A third-rounder might be worth taking given that Boldin would likely be leaving after the 2010 season unless the team decided to name him its franchise player.