With the NFL season just about over it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY basis. Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two.
Round 1: 0-5
Round 2: 0-4
Round 3: 0-3
Round 4: 0-2
Round 5: 0-1
Round 6 – Undrafted: Points only awarded if player was productive, no scale.
Bonus points are awarded to any player who out-performed their draft slot.
Round 1 – Hasson Reddick OLB, Temple
Analysis – Reddick had a bit of a quiet rookie season. He had 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Not bad, but the Cardinals had to be hoping for more.
Score – 3/5
Round 2 – Budda Baker S, Washington
Analysis – Budda got better and better as the season progressed. He finished with 74 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles. Baker also knocked down 7 passes. He looks to be a good one.
Score – 4/4
Round 3 – Chad Williams WR, Grambling
Analysis – A lot of people thought Chad Williams was a major reach in the third round. After year one, those people look right.
Score – 0/3
Round 4 – Dorian Johnson G, Pitt
Analysis – Johnson is no longer on the team. He’s on the Panthers.
Score – 0/2
Round 5 – Will Holden OT, Vanderbilt
Analysis – Holden started 5 games for the Cardinals. That’s very good for a fifth rounder.
Score – 1.25/1
Round 5 – TJ Logan RB, UNC
Analysis – Logan ran for the same amount of yards last season as I did.
Score – 0/1
Round 6 – Rudy Ford S, Auburn
Analysis – Ford had 5 tackles and played in 10 games. It’s close, but not quite enough for bonus lovin’.
Score – 0/0
Undrafted – Ricky Seals Jones TE,
Analysis – Seals Jones came out of nowhere to win the hearts of fantasy football players for a couple weeks late in November. He faded away almost as quickly as he appeared. Still, he scored 3 TDs and that is something.
Score – 0.5/0
FINAL SCORE & GRADE 8.75/16 | 55% | F
The Cardinals 2017 Draft Class wasn’t overly productive in year one. First round pick Hasson Reddick was decent but by the time the Draft rolled around, the hype train was tootin’ loudly and many were thinking he’d approach double digit sacks in year one. He didn’t get near that, but he still flashed plenty of ability and the team should be stoked about his future. The Cardinals fared much better production wise, from their second round pick. By mid season safety Budda Baker was flying all over the field, making play after play. He had over 70 tackles on the season, and should be starting for this team for many seasons to come. A big reason their grade was an F after year one was because the Cardinals whiffed on 3 out of their next 4 picks. OT Will Holden was a solid choice in round 5, as he came in and started 5 games, but the rest weren’t great at all. 4th round guard Dorian Johnson was flat out cut. That is never good. I’m sure the team still has hope for third round WR Chad Williams and 5th round RB TJ Logan, but those guys have to take major steps in year two if the Cards are going to get any return on their investments. I’m sure this grade will creep up over time, as both Reddick and Baker should be long time starters for this team, but the Cardinals have to do a better job in the middle rounds.