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Time to grade the 2008 Draft Class (imho)




The 2008 draft is the second of Coach Whiz's with the Arizona Cardinals, it started with so much potential. Truly it is sad that we can never seem to keep talent. So what I'm going to do first is give you our picks in what rounds they went. Then I will give a brief description of what they have done so far and then my grade. The grade is based on value of the pick over production. Ya dig?

RD 1) pick (16)Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie CB Tennessee State

RD 2) pick (50) Calais Campbell DE Miami

RD 3) pick (81) Early Doucet WR LSU

RD 4) pick (116) Kenny Iwebema DE Iowa

RD 5) pick (149) Tim Hightower RB Richmond

RD 6) pick (185) Chris Harrington DE Texas A&M

RD 7) pick (225) Brandon Keith G N. Iowa

Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie or DRC lets not forget my favorite coined by Ron Wolfley DR. C. Was a great pick up with freak speed to make up for flawed coverage. While in the BIRDGANG he started every game which sounds great but unfortunately was only 48 due to the fact we only kept him for 3 seasons not counting playoffs. Which i still fill was the most lop sided trade ever. That's a different post all to gather. Over those 48 games he did some remarkable things in the stat column. He had 136 tackles 3 forced fumbles 13 interceptions 61 passes defended and 4 pick 6's. Making the pro-bowl once as an alternate in 09. During the 3 years of service the only CB statistically better which could be argued was Darrel Revis. So what im going to do is give 2 grades one for the years he was of service to us and the second will be the looking back at it now grade. GRADE A+ Actual Grade C-

Calais Campbell is by far the best pick in this draft class. So the big man has only missed 5 games in his whole career in AZ while racking up quite a nice stat sheet. He has for his career 269 tackles 26.5 sacks 4 forced fumbles 2 recovered 1 int and 27 passes defended and to top it of 6 kick blocks. He remains to grow in Hortons system. He is on the cusp of pro bowl status. Due to where he was drafted considering that if you knew he was going to pan out like he has. GRADE A+

Early Doucet in many eyes has never truly panned out. With his third round draft status i don't really know if i agree he has been a solid number 3 until this year with last year being his best. In his 5 years with the Birdgang he has only played in 54 games. Stats look like this 139 receptions, for 7 touchdowns. Grade D

Kenny Iwebema was the 4th pick that year. Mostly just a special teams player and rotational DE no longer with the team GRADE F

Tim Hightower was our 5th pick and had every one excited after a bright rookie year in which he touched the pay dirt 10 times. He was here only 3 years before being traded to the Redskins. He had decent stat line but also had fumble problems. his stats for the years he was here were 439 attempts for 1733 yards and 18 TD he also had 118 receptions for 871 yards. Side note he was not in the league last year. Grade D

Chris Harrington was drafted in the 6th round. He was on the practice squad. That's about it is no longer with the team. Grade F

Brandon Keith is hard to grade due to the fact that he was drafted in the seventh round. He started at right tackle for us so we got great value. On other hand he was rated one of the worse offensive tackles in the league. He is no longer with the team. Grade D

So there is my 2008 Draft grades with an overall Grade of a C- thanks to CC other wise this draft was a bust

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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