Sunday, May 11, 2014
Kiper gives the Cardinals’ draft a ‘B’
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Less than 24 hours after the NFL draft concluded, the Arizona Cardinals’ 2014 draft class has been rated better than average.
ESPN NFL draft Insider Mel Kiper Jr. gave the Cardinals’ haul a "B." His grades for all 32 teams are on ESPN Insider.
“The Cardinals did pretty well, and hit some needs,” Kiper wrote.
Kiper thought drafting hard-hitting strong safety Deone Bucannon was a good compliment to quicker free safety Tyrann Mathieu.
Although Kiper thought Arizona needed an outside linebacker, he said North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin was “a good fit.”
“He’s a better athlete than he is a performer but he could be good,” Kiper wrote.
Adding Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas will remind coach Bruce Arians of Heath Miller, Kiper said. Kiper also liked Pitt State wide receiver John Brown because of his explosiveness.
However, I don’t agree with Kiper’s assessment that Brown will be the Cardinals' third wide receiver. I think that job is Ted Ginn’s and Brown will be a specialty receiver, who’ll be used to take the top off defenses. And Ginn will be Arizona’s primary kick returner and will be the Cardinals’ choice to take punt returns instead of Patrick Peterson, not Brown.
Kiper’s main question surrounding Arizona’s pick of quarterback Logan Thomas is what everyone’s thinking: “Will Thomas improve his accuracy?”
“That's the question, and it's not at all easy to say he will, because accuracy and ball placement aren't things that often improve a great deal,” Kiper said. “At worst, he's Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson in practice because he can simulate that kind of athleticism.”