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Cardinals Earn an ‘C+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got an average grade is that of the Cardinals, who according to Kiper got an ‘C+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

The Cardinals were in the market for a quarterback. If Sam Bradford is your projected starter, you have to be. Nobody questions Bradford’s talent, everyone knows Bradford’s injury history. It is what it is. The Cardinals gave up a third- and a fifth-rounder to move up the five spots to draft Josh Rosen at 10th overall, and given that he’s quite literally my No. 10 overall prospect in this class, I’d say the value lines up. But there are question marks.

Rosen has pocket awareness, touch, timing and will occasionally make a throw that will have you hitting rewind in appreciation. He also has missed time over each of the last two seasons with concussions and a shoulder injury — his throwing shoulder. I think there’s a decent possibility that he’s the first rookie starter out of this group. How he holds up (the Arizona O-line would make me hesitate) is the question early on.

Christian Kirk (pick 42) is a smooth route-runner, but more likely a useful slot fit than the eventual replacement for Larry Fitzgerald. Mason Cole (97) could be a starter at center as soon as Week 1. Chase Edmonds (134) has talent and jumps into a scattershot mix behind David Johnson. Ultimately, it’s all about Rosen, who has a high-end ceiling if he stays healthy.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/10 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
2/47 Christian Kirk WR TEXAS A&M
3/97 Mason Cole C MICHIGAN
4/134 Chase Edmonds RB FORDHAM
6/182 Chris Campbell CB PENN STATE
7/254 Korey Cunningham OT CINCINNATI


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