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Who Are The Cards' Best 4th-Round Selections Of All Time?

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As we count down to the draft, which Arizona Cardinals are the team's greatest fourth-round selections?

Cards' 4th Round Pick Rodney Gunter
Cards' 4th Round Pick Rodney Gunter
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The NFL draft process is the result of months and months of film, interviews, filling out scouting reports, navigating the trades and fake interest, all for the point of hearing the names called out from behind the podium of the newest members of the Arizona Cardinals.

Some rise to the occasion from a lowly draft status, some fall short of the lofty expectations. But ultimately, what captivates fans is the thrill of the pick and the endless possibilities.

Over the last several weeks here at Revenge Of The Birds we have been taking a look at the best players drafted by the Cardinals organization in each round and ranking them accordingly.  Today, we'll be looking at the 4th round draft selections.

Starting with....

5. Rodney Gunter, DL, Delaware State

One of the Cardinals more recent 4th round successes, Gunter might have been considered the best rookie of the Cardinals' 2015 draft class if said class hadn't also featured David Johnson.  Gunter held down the Cards' nose tackle position all season long after free-agent signing Corey Peters finishing his rookie year with 15 tackles and one sack.

Gunter will probably end up higher on this list for the Cardinals in years to come if he builds off of his successful rookie campaign; he has a lot of promise.  His physical upside, and his draft story of coming from a tiny college, is one of Arizona's more successful mid-round finds of late.

4. Michael Pittman, RB/FB, Fresno State

Pittman is probably best known for his play with a team that is NOT the Cardinals rushing for 124 yards on 29 carries in Tampa Bay's Super Bowl win over the Oakland Raiders, but he had a solid few seasons for the Cardinals as well.

Pittman played in 56 games for the Cardinals, totaling 1,956 yards on 518 carries and catching 131 passes for 1,039 yards before he left the desert for Tampa Bay.  While many successful Cardinals running backs for a stretch of time seemed to find their stride and most success after leaving, Arizona still nailed the original pick

3. Chris Dishman, OG, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dishman was a solid pick at an important position on the interior offensive line for the Cardinals in the fourth round, starting 47 games for the franchise at Left Guard, Center, and one season at right guard,

Versatile interior offensive linemen can be difficult to find, and finding a capable starting for that long is definitely a winning pick here for the Cardinals.

2. Ron Wolfley, FB, West Virginia

Wolfley's career statistics aren't eye popping at all (after all, 241 yards run and 200 career receiving yards don't shine a candle to what a starting running back normally does in a single season) but Wolfley locked down the fullback position for the Cardinals as they transitioned from St. Louis to the desert, and ended up with four trips to the Pro Bowl as a result.  While he and Dishman played for the Cardinals for the same amount of time, Wolfley's play was markedly better at his position, even if one could argue Dishman's spot as a starting guard might be harder to fill.

While most Cardinals fans know him today as the radio color analyst for the team and the host of his own popular morning show, Wolfley's actual play for the Cardinals is what sets him apart the most as an excellent pick for the franchise.

1. Roy Green, WR, Henderson State

If I told you there was an Arizona Cardinal Wide Receiver with a 12-year career who had set multiple receiving records during his tenure, the natural reaction would be "Larry Fitzgerald, right?"  But before Fitzgerald, there was Roy Green.

Selected in the fourth out of tiny Henderson State, Roy Green turned his mid-round draft selection into over a decade of great catches, touchdowns and impact play at the receiving position.  He finished a 14-year NFL career as the Cards' leading receiver in nearly every category, with 559 catches  8,965 yards and 66 touchdowns.  He was a two-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro first team selection by the Associated Press, and holds a place in the Cardinals' Ring of Honor.

Oh and he played on defense as well, did I mention that?

But until Fitzgerald Fever captivated the Valley as it has for the last decade, Roy Green was the standout Cardinals wide receiver at the position.  His place as the Cardinals' greatest fourth round selection of all-time should be unquestionable.

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