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ROTB Roundtable: Drafting Method, Best Steal, and the Greatest Cardinal

We are officially one month away from the 2014 Draft!

Joe Robbins

While we wait, the ROTB Writing Staff tackled three questions, two of them historical, in this week's Roundtable edition.

Don't forget to answer them yourself in the comments below!

1) Which is the better draft method: BPA (Best Player Available) or by need?

Jesse Reynolds: I've stated before that I am a firm believer in BPA however lately I have begun to believe BPA is good for only teams that are adept at retaining their key talent. The draft is a crap shoot so it appears to me that the best drafting teams are the teams that retain their drafted talent on good deals. BPA picks seem more likely to stick than "reaches."

Randy Fields: BPA is the best draft method as you'll get to the point where you're loaded with talent. Only reach where needed, but sticking to BPA is the way to go.

Jess Root: This isn't a simple answer. The easy answer is "best player available," but you can't always do that, especially if there is a glaring need. As such, if you have a terrible quarterback and a glut of receivers and the "BPA" is another receiver, while you have a QB graded slightly lower, you have to take the QB. It all depends on the team situation and also how closely they are graded.

Alex Mann: I think it really depends on a team and where the team sits. Look at the Jaguars; they have drafted for need a lot, and have come out at the wrong end. If you are a struggling franchise,  you want to go BPA, so that you can start to lay the foundation for a competitive team.

2) Who was the biggest steal in Cardinals draft history?

Jesse Reynolds: My knowledge doesn't go that far back so I'm going to say Adrian Wilson. He was a third day pick in 2001 and he was a wrecking ball for years. If not for the Cardinals and NFC West in general being garbage Wilson would be much more acclaimed. One of only a few to be in the 20-20 club.

Randy Fields: I've only been a real fan since 2007, so I'm not equipped to answer this. But one of my favorite steals was LSH.

Jess Root: Larry Centers. A fifth-round pick, he became the most prolific pass catcher out of the backfield. I don't think you can think about it any other way. He was productive for a long time.

Alex Mann: Adrian Wilson. A third round pick, who was passed on in the second round, after being given a second round grade became a Cardinal legend.

3) Who, in your opinion, is the greatest Cardinal of all time?

Jesse Reynolds: Like the last question my history doesn't go that far back. It might not be unique but I'm going with Kurt Warner. Took a broken franchise to the precipice of a Super Bowl and brought hope to fans. Now I expect to win when before I expected to lose.

Randy Fields: Again, due to my limited exposure to the Cardinals I'm going to lean on Kurt Warner. He career resurgence and his leading the team to the Super Bowl as well as deep into the playoffs in 2009. It really showed the type of player he was and also how much he did when Whisenhunt could not catch lightning in a bottle without him. The comments from Leinart following Whisenhunt's move to Tennessee regarding the 2008 and 2009 success really shed some light on the situation and just how good one player can make a team. KW is currently the G-COAT.

Jess Root: I only have been a fan since the team came to Arizona, so I would have to say Aeneas Williams. Larry Fitzgerald and Kurt Warner are a little behind. Williams is a Hall of Famer and was absolutely fantastic his entire tenure here in Arizona.

Alex Mann: This can go to so many players, who deserve it in their own right. Adrian Wilson for being a key factor in moving this team forward, Larry Fitzgerald for all of his accomplishments... But the one guy who deserves it the most would be, is not a player at all. He runs the team. Michael Bidwill is the cause of the Cardinals slow turn around from laughing stock, to potential contenders. Since taking over the job in 2007, Arizona has gone .500 or better in five of the last seven seasons (2012 and 2010 being the sub .500 years) and gave Whisenhunt enough time to prove it was truly Kurt Warner that made him look competent, and not Whisenhunt.