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4/29 Arizona Cardinals news: Grading the draft, breaking down the rookies

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Catch the first wave of analysis and feedback from the 2013 NFL Draft. Not everyone approves of the Cardinals haul.


Despite all its resources, the NFL still can’t measure heart
Seventy percent of a football player can be found on film. The other 30 percent is found between his ears.

Arizona Cardinals happy with picks in NFL Draft
The Cardinals finished with an eerie feeling that talent and team needs somehow fit together perfectly when they made their nine selections.

Arizona Cardinals' GM Steve Keim nails 2013 NFL Draft
Allow me to preface what follows: rookies have got to play and rookies have got to prove their worth. I don't give rookies the benefit of the doubt, regardless of where they're drafted. Prove it, rook. Having offered this premise, the 2013 NFL Draft for the Arizona Cardinals in terms of value of pick, areas of need addressed and draft management looks to be superb. NFL writer: Cardinals GM Keim a big winner in 2013 NFL Draft
Instant reaction or not, Steve Keim will likely take any praise he can get for his first draft as the Arizona Cardinals general manager. And lucky for Keim, NFL writer Will Brinson didn't wait long to dish out the first form of flattery.

NFL Draft: Breaking down RB Andre Ellington
When you have a hole on the roster there seems to be a trend ongoing in the NFL of doubling up on that weakness in the draft.

NFL Draft: Breaking down WR Ryan Swope
One of the biggest questions of the draft was when the Cardinals would address their need for a speed guy in the draft.

Northwest Missouri WR Tyler Shaw Will Join Arizona
After putting up solid numbers for four years at Northwest Missouri State, wide receiver Tyler Shaw gets the opportunity to continue his career in the NFL.

Marist's Michael Rios signs with NFL's Arizona Cardinals | The Poughkeepsie Journal
Marist College senior Michael Rios wasn’t selected over the course of the National Football League’s three-day draft, but his professional career is still going to begin.

Grading the Draft:

5 Teams That Flunked the 2013 NFL Draft | Bleacher Report
Standard qualifier: It is very difficult to get a read on draft successes and/or failures before any of the prospects chosen have actually, you know, played NFL football...

Arizona Cardinals' draft grade
When drafts occur, grading picks as they come, or right after the draft weekend is completely fruitless. Want to know how I know that?

A run through Kiper Jr.'s 2013 draft grades - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Good morning, NFC West (it's still morning here). I've had a chance to run through Mel Kiper Jr.'s 2013 NFL draft grades for the NFC West.

Cardinals' 2013 draft class - Fox Sports Arizona
Introducing and analyzing the nine players selected by the Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft.

NFL Draft Grades 2013: Arizona Cardinals
The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds.

Draft Grades: Don't like instant? Here are grades, like 'em or not -
Did your team make the grade or fall short? Pete Prisco breaks down the job by all 32 NFL teams, and finds a few franchises that ace the draft and several that fall short.

Draft 2013: NFC Draft Grades -
Evan Silva assigns a grade to every NFC Team's rookie class after the 2013 NFL Draft.

2013 NFL Draft grades: Mel Kiper praises Ravens, pans Bills -
Mel Kiper spread praise liberally with his post-2013 NFL Draft grades. He singled out just one team for scorn.


2013 Bold Rookie Predicions |
The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, and here’s 32 bold predictions for this year’s rookie class.

Undrafted free agents 2013: 10 best signings -
Who picked up the best undrafted free agents?

Deion Sanders reportedly pushed for teams to draft Tyrann Mathieu at the combine
According to the National Football Post, Deion Sanders was doing his best to sell Tyrann Mathieu to NFL teams at the scouting combine back in February.

2013 NFL Draft: Day three provides fans with unique experience at Radio City Music Hall -
Few fans recognized the names coming off the board, but the NFL managed to keep fans interested.

2013 NFL Draft buzz: Matt Barkley in Philadelphia, big changes in Dallas and more -
The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, but the results raise questions around the league. Some teams are clear winners while others take a bit more puzzling out, but there's plenty for fans to consider between now and the start of the season.

Cowboys give Brandon Magee a hefty guarantee | ProFootballTalk
After the 2013 draft, the Cowboys agreed to terms with undrafted Arizona State linebacker Brandon Magee. To seal the deal, the Cowboys gave him $70,000 in guaranteed money, per a source with knowledge of the deal.