We continue with our coverage of 2016 NFL Draft grades, SB Nation's Dan Kadar gave the Arizona Cardinals a solid grade. Our readers gave a solid grade. What about ESPN's Mel Kiper? Well, the theme is consistent.
Kiper graded all 32 teams, basing his grad e on filling needs, acquiring talent and maneuvering the draft board.
He gave the Cardinals a B-.
Robert Nkemdiche is a top-10 talent when at his best, which means when he's playing with 100 percent effort. When you get that, you have that rare penetrating force from the interior of the D-line. Calais Campbell will be 30 before Week 1, so while this isn't a huge need pick, it's a great value if Nkemdiche can jump into the rotation. I thought third-rounder Brandon Williams was a reach, but the former running back hits a clear need as a hybrid player in the secondary -- he could end up at either safety or corner. Evan Boehm is a solid addition in Round 4 because he can play either center or guard, and both can be considered need areas for the Cardinals. Marqui Christian is another safety addition -- a need area -- who has a chance to stick.
Arizona did a solid job of addressing needs, while also getting a potential premium player in Nkemdiche. I think they have the culture to make it work with him, and I know they did plenty of homework. Plus, this grade gets a bump because they addressed pass-rusher by trading their second-rounder for Chandler Jones before the draft.
Arizona continues to get high grades for taking Nkemdiche, whose talent apparently mitigates his character questions. Basically, if he pans out and if Boehm can start, while the rest simply play a role, this class could be strong.