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Marino | Arizona Cardinals draft class reaction

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Marino | Arizona Cardinals draft class reaction

Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today, I start with the Arizona Cardinals.

The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:

Selection Position Player School
13 LB Haason Reddick Temple
36 S Budda Baker Washington
98 WR Chad Williams Grambling
115 G Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh
157 OT Will Holden Vanderbilt
179 RB TJ Logan North Carolina
208 S Johnathan Ford Auburn

 

SEP 14 New Mexico at Pitt

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Best Value:  G Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh

Johnson has been a personal favorite of mine in this class since the first time I evaluated his film in our 2016 summer work. Snatching my 25th overall player in the draft with pick 115 is incredible value. Among the downfalls in the 2016 season for the Cardinals was the inability to protect quarterback Carson Palmer and Johnson provides immediate help in that area.

Johnson has arms that check in at over 35 inches and he has the movement skills to shut down gaps. He has good power and technique as a run block while also effective when blocking in space. Johnson is a complete prospect and potential day one starter that Arizona was able to secure in the fourth round. Nicely done.

Worst Value:  S Johnathan Ford, Auburn

The Cardinals draft class was very consistent in terms of selecting players that offer value based on my personal board. With that said, Ford was the player with the greatest deviation from personal rankings, a mere reach of 13 spots. I graded Ford to be valued in the sixth round which is where the Cardinals drafted him.

Ford offers special teams upside given his physical play demeanor and sound tackling skills. Getting a player that can provide depth at safety and contribute on special teams is what your looking for in the later portions of the draft.

Could Surprise:  RB TJ Logan, North Carolina

I’m a big fan of Logan. He is an electric player with the ball in his hands and offers receiving upside to all levels of the field. Clocking a 4.37 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, Logan has the explosive burst to create chunks of yards on offense.

An ideal scatback, Logan is a player that Bruce Arians can get involved in space and on boundary runs and provide and elusive compliment to star running back David Johnson. Logan is also a dynamic kick returner.

Joe Marino

Joe Marino is the Assistant Director of NDT Scouting and co-host of the Draft Dudes Podcast. Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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