NFC West: Dante Hughes

Pick 2008 2007 2006 2005
31
Kenny Phillips
Greg Olsen Kelly Jennings
Mike Patterson
63
Terrell Thomas
Brandon Jackson
Darryl Tapp
Matt McCoy
95
Mario Manningham
Dante Hughes
Willie Reid
Darryl Blackstock
131
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 ESPN.com'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.

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