Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Mississippi Rebels offensive lineman Bobby Massie does the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
With the draft coming to a close, it's only fair that we as fans make ridiculous assumptions and grade the talent that our team brought in. The Arizona Cardinals brought in seven fresh faces from the draft, all of which we hope can contribute to the team in one fashion or another for years to come.
It seems that they got good value for all of their picks, not having to reach for anyone in specific. But which player provided the best value at where they were chosen? Get my choice after the jump and then give your opinion.
Every player that the Cardinals drafted this year could have some sort of an impact on the team straight away. Obviously, you have players like Michael Floyd who could be a starting wide receiver from day one, but they also drafted some talented athletes that could be factors on special teams.
For example, Senio Kelemete, a guard from Washington that was picked up in the fifth round, may not be a starter for many years, but he will provide solid depth on the interior line. Then you have a guy like Justin Bethel who can hit hard and create havoc on kickoffs and punts.
But as far as a guy that can come in and make an impact right away at a position that is of great need, Bobby Massie is the man. Many draft experts felt that he would be taken somewhere in the second round. After the Cardinals passed on him in the third to take Jamell Fleming, many fans were quite upset.
Then when the Cards were on the clock in the fourth round, there was little doubt that he would be their selection. After the draft, Ken Whisenhunt voiced his opinion on the matter by saying that he hopes Massie will play with a "chip on his shoulder," after falling further than expected.
Massie could potentially come in and start right away as the team's right tackle. He is an excellent pass protector, which he said so himself, but if he can gain some strength and work on his technique, he could be a great all-around offensive lineman. For that, Massie is the steal of the draft in my eyes.
What do you think? It's a bit early to judge, but that's what we are entitled to do. Which player was the steal of the draft for the Arizona Cardinals? Tell us in the comments section below and vote in the poll.
Which player was the biggest steal of the draft for the Arizona Cardinals?
Michael Floyd (63 votes)
Jamell Fleming (16 votes)
Bobby Massie (431 votes)
Senio Kelemete (3 votes)
Justin Bethel (19 votes)
Ryan Lindley (19 votes)
Nate Potter (31 votes)
582 total votes