We are almost done with people grading and discussing the 2016 NFL Draft and how the Arizona Cardinals did. Pro Football Focus went through each of the league's 32 teams and gave who they believe is each team's best and worst draft picks.or the Arizona Cardinals, it might be a surprise.
They do not believe Robert Nkemdiche or Evan Boehm to be the best picks, despite the fact that those are the two who will likely be either starters or key players in the rotation. No, PFF says sixth round pick Harlan Miller is the team's best draft pick.
Miller flashed at times down during Senior Bowl practices, doing enough to warrant his sixth-round selection. But the fact that he is appearing in this "best" spot gives you an idea of what we generally thought of Arizona's draft â first-rounder Robert Nkemdiche, a relative reach based on where he was picked, was the only Cardinals draft pick to even appear in our top 250 prospects list.
The worst? They do not like the pick of Brandon Williams in the third round.
A freakishly athletic former running back with one year of unimpressive college work at cornerback is fine for a late-round flier, but we can't get on board with taking him in the third round.
This is not the first time Miller's name comes up. Todd McShay said Miller was his favorite Cardinals pick.
While he is not speedy, he has very good potential as a cornerback in the league. But to say he is the best pick is odd. Robert Nkemdiche is one of the most talented players in the draft and he will likely get significant playing time in Year 1. And he also came at a great value.
Boehm potentially could start.
Williams is, at worst, an impact player on special teams.
PFF does several things well, but one of them is not draft pick grading. Because the site focuses on production, it does not project upside. The Cardinals and all NFL teams draft players not only for their college production, but also for their upside. PFF's grades also do not factor in level of competition or health. Boehm, for example, played all season against SEC defensive linemen, many of whom will play in the NFL. Miller covered receivers from the Southland Conference. You haven't of it either?
If you had to pick, who would be your choice for best and worst picks for the Cards?