Now that we've rolled all the way through the Cardinals draft and reviewed each pick, it's time for a little prognostication. Normally not every draft pick makes the 53 man roster, especially when a team has all 7 picks or more. It doesn't necessarily mean that a player who doesn't make the roster isn't any good but come on, you don't normally turn over 7.5 % (7/53) of your roster every year. Guys who are picked late in the draft, 6th or 7th rounders, can sometimes be slipped through to the practice squad. That way they can stick with the team and get a year of practice or being ready to play in case of injuries.
All that being said, who won't make the cut this year. The guys picked at the end of the draft are always the first candidates so we'll start with the 7th round and work backwards:
7th Rounder - Brandon Keith: Keith is a guy who has all the tools to play in this league. He's huge and athletic but he's got a spotty history at best. He's quit on teams in the past and was arrested shortly before the draft. It's not impossible that he could get to camp and prove that he simply doesn't have the mental capability to make it in this league.
6th Rounder - Chris Harrington: Guys going through a position change are always candidates for the practice squad. Harrington wasn't the normal pass rush specialist that teams convert to OLB so he might not make the transition as quickly as others. Not to mention the team is legitimately two deep at both OLB spots.
5th Rounder - Tim Hightower: He was a significant reach in the 5th round but the coaching staff loves this kid. He's got questions about his speed and there's already plenty of experienced depth (yet far from dynamic) at the running back position. He'll have to show something in camp to make the team b/c if he does another back will be cut.
4th Rounder - Kenny Iwebema: The only reason he wouldn't make it is if he just proves very quickly that he can't play. There's depth at the position so his spot isn't guaranteed but he'll have to lose his spot to not make the team.
Who's the most likely not to make the 53-man roster?
Brandon Keith (5 votes)
Chris Harrington (8 votes)
Tim Hightower (3 votes)
Kenny Iwebema (0 votes)
16 total votes