NFC West: Charles Davis

Tough to recognize Seahawks, Cardinals

November, 14, 2010
Counting ways the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals have changed since their most recent meeting at University of Phoenix Stadium one year ago (Nov. 15, 2009):
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Anquan Boldin had 100-yard receiving games that day. They are now teammates in Baltimore.
  • Jim Mora's role as Seahawks coach last season required him to meet with Dick Stockton, Charles Davis and the rest of the Fox broadcast team assigned to the Seahawks-Cardinals game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mora now works in the same Fox booth featuring Stockton and Davis.
  • Patrick Kerney, Lawrence Jackson, Leroy Hill, Josh Wilson, Deon Grant, Colin Cole and Jordan Babineaux started on defense for the Seahawks that day. None will start Sunday. Cole and Hill are the only injury scratches, although it's not clear whether Hill would have remained a starter if healthy.
  • The Cardinals and Seahawks each amassed more than 460 yards last time. Neither has exceeded 396 in a game this season. They have combined for 11 games with no more than 271 yards.
  • Kurt Warner passed for 340 yards with a 120.5 rating last time. Arizona has failed to finish with 340 net yards -- overall, not just through the air -- in six of its eight games since Warner retired.
  • Antrel Rolle, Karlos Dansby and Bryant McFadden were the Cardinals' leading tacklers last time. All play elsewhere.

Not that the NFL landscape changes much in a calendar year.

Pick 2008 2007 2006 2005
Kenny Phillips
Greg Olsen Kelly Jennings
Mike Patterson
Terrell Thomas
Brandon Jackson
Darryl Tapp
Matt McCoy
Mario Manningham
Dante Hughes
Willie Reid
Darryl Blackstock
Jack Ikegwuonu Brannon Condren
Willie Colon
Fred Gibson
167 Erik Walden
Kevin Payne
Charles Davis
Michael Hawkins
204 Lex Hilliard
Jacob Ford
LaJuan Ramsey
Chris Kemoeatu
254 --
Jonathan Holland Vickiel Vaughn Doug Nienhuis

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Cardinals hold the 31st, 63rd, 95th, 131st, 167th, 204th, 240th and 254th choices in the 2009 draft. For perspective, I've singled out the last four players chosen in those spots.

Teams have certainly found tight ends at No. 31 in recent years. The Bears drafted Greg Olsen (2007). The Ravens drafted Todd Heap (2001).

In 2005, my first year of NFL blogging, more than a few Seattle fans wanted the Seahawks to select linebacker Darryl Blackstock. The Cardinals drafted him instead at No. 95. They have the 95th pick again this year. Blackstock is the only linebacker drafted in that spot since the 49ers drafted Mitch Donahue from Wyoming in 1991.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was with the Steelers in 2006 when they drafted guard Willie Colon with the 131st overall choice. Colon has started every game over the last two seasons. Arizona could stand to find starting-caliber depth for its line at some point in the 2009 draft.

Whisenhunt was also with the Steelers in 2005 when they drafted eventual starting guard Chris Kemoeatu with the 204th choice, another slot Arizona inhabits this season. In 2001,
the Bengals found T.J. Houshmandzadeh in that slot. Hall of Famer Art Donovan was also drafted 204th -- in 1947.