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Who Are The Cards' Best 2nd Round Picks Of All Time?

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Which guys fell out of the first and AZ reaped the benefits? Find out who our top 5 second-rounders are right here!

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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 leading up to the draft 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 Rounds one and two of the draft selections, starting with the second round.

Let's start with:

Honorable Mention: Daryl Washington, ILB, TCU

Washington's well-known off-field problems are why he is not currently in the league, and his career will probably never see the light of day again.  However, after falling to the second after other off-field red flags, Washington was selected by the Cardinals in 2010 and was a superstar-level player for the Cardinals during a three-year stretch where he was one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL.

As such, he is worth mentioning here but with his infamous off-field incidents and a domestic violence charge, he doesn't make our list.  That said, what IS the draft merit of a player with red flags worth?  There are Tyrann Mathieus who can be found in the draft.  But then, for every Mathieu, there's a Daryl Washington.  Food for thought.

5. Frank Sanders, WR, Auburn

Frank Sanders was an excellent wide receiver for the Cardinals, leading the NFC in receptions in 1998.  Although the Cardinal teams during the time he played were never top tier teams (some struggled to be okay) Sanders was a quality 2nd-round selection, and his impact on the Cardinals is only diminished by the sheer level of Wide Receivers who followed him.

4. Jake Plummer, QB, Arizona State

Arguably the most famous Sun Devil and Arizona Cardinal not named Pat Tillman (sorry, Todd Heap fans) Plummer infused life into a Sun Devil Stadium and a Cardinals organization with his laser arm and his scrambling abilities, leading the Cardinals to their first playoff win in years.  The hype surrounding the local college kid as a rookie was unlike anything the Cardinals had seen in years.

Even though Plummer's best years arguably came with the Denver Broncos, and he retired early, his impact on the Cardinals' Quarterback position brought the Valley's attention to the team and recruited a good deal of Arizona State fans who had been college die-hards to a new NFL team.

3. Karlos Dansby, ILB, Miami

What a career Karlos Dansby has had.  Despite fans feeling like Dansby "betrayed" the team (not just once, but twice) by going after the money, Dansby has always been his own man.  He was part of that magical 2004 NFL Draft class that included Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell Dockett, Antonio Smith and himself.

Dansby has been a productive player no matter where he went, and his fumble recovery of Aaron Rodgers for the win in Kurt Warner's last game at University of Phoenix Stadium will dwell in the minds and hearts of Cardinals fans forever.  When Dansby retires, a spot in the Ring of Honor might not be out of the question.

2. Calais Campbell

The big man out of Miami, Calais Campbell has become one of the faces of the Cardinals franchise and arguably has been the most important player on their defense the last few years.  Falling to the 2nd round as a "tweener" at 270 lbs, Campbell has blossomed into a great defensive lineman for the Cardinals.

Now having made the Pro Bowl twice, Campbell is approaching 30 but still an impact player for the Cardinals.  If he is re-signed or his deal extended by the team, his position on this list might be entrenched for a very long time.

The Cardinals defense isn't the same without him.  Not much else needs to be said.

1. Anquan Boldin

If there's a Starsky to every Hutch and a Laurel to every Hardy, Anquan Boldin was that to Larry Fitzgerald....at least for a while.  But what a glorious while it was.

Boldin was drafted in the second round by the Cardinals after a slow 40 yard dash time in 2003 and set the league on fire as soon as his rookie season.  A firey competitor who to this day, has still given it his all every time he stepped on the field, Boldin embodied the Cardinals offense with a toughness and tenacity even Larry Fitzgerald couldn't compare to.  His numbers were very close to Fitzgerald's as well, even keeping pace as Boldin bounced from team to team and QB to QB as Fitz became the face of the desert franchise.

You could argue that there probably wasn't a better selection in the 2nd round that could be made by a team than Anquan Boldin, he's that good.  Though some Cardinals fans dislike the fact that he has reacted so negatively towards the team, the fact that he seemed to go off every time he played them should only demonstrate his fire as a competitor.

Impressed with our list?  Excited to see who the Cards will take in Round 2 this year?  Sound off in our poll or the comments below!