clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

2016 NFL Draft grades: Rob Rang says Rams, Seahawks had better draft than Arizona Cardinals

New, comments

But the grade for the Cards was still pretty solid.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Yes. More draft grades. But I want to present a number of different views from around the Internet about our Arizona Cardinals. We have seen draft grades saying the Cardinals aced the draft. Some don't like the draft. Others think it is okay and even others give them a beer grade.

Today we look at what CBS Sports' Rob Rang says about how the Cardinals did. More importantly, we look at how he compares the Cardinals to the rest of the NFC West.

He gives the Cardinals a B.

If the Cardinals can light a fire under talented defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, this club's offseason acquisitions of he and edge rusher Chandler Jones could put Arizona in the driver's seat in the NFC West. Nkemdiche had his effort questioned at Mississippi but his tape against Alabama was outstanding, and the Rebels' shocking loss to Memphis and Paxton Lynch was spurred by Nkemdiche being knocked out of this contest with a concussion. Powerful and athletic, he could remind Cardinals fans a bit of a young Darnell Dockett, who also entered the league with some character concerns.

I like the raw talent of later picks like cornerback Brandon Williams and Harlan Miller, as well as offensive lineman Cole Toner. However, the only other immediate contributor from this draft is likely to be center Evan Boehm, who fills a significant area of concern for the Cardinals, offering the grit and strength to possibly start as a rookie.

That is fair, although the Cardinals believe they will get an immediate contribution from almost all their draftees, even if it is just special teams. Nkemdiche and Boehm likely will be in the lineup, but the rest should be able to contribute on special teams.

Now, how did the Cardinals stack up grade-wise against the NFC West?

If we look at draft grades, then the Cardinals are third.

Rang gives the Seahawks and the Rams a B+, both edging out the Cardinals. The 49ers bring up the rear, earning a B-.

The grade is fair. When compared to the rest of the division, is it?