Keim had the following first round picks since he took over:
2013 - 7th
2014 - 20th traded to 27th
2015 - 24th
2016 - 29th
2017 - 13th
2018 - 15th traded to 10th
2019 - 1st
What if Steve Keim didn’t have to pick, but instead the Arizona Cardinals were given the best available player from a Pro Football References Approximate Value?
To understand how Approximate Value is found, check out Pro Football References explanation.
How different would the Cardinals look now and how would the team be constructed?
Here are who the players would be from each draft.
2013 - Travis Frederick, C - Wisconsin
2014 - 20th: Kyler Fuller, CB - Virginia Tech - 27th pick: Joel Bitonio, OT - Nevada
2015 - Ali Marpet, OG - Hobart
2016 - Javon Hargrave, DT - South Carolina St.
2017 - JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR - USC
2018 - 10th: Josh Allen, QB - Wyoming - 15th: Fred Warner, LB - BYU
2019 - Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma
If you keep the picks the Arizona Cardinals actually had, so no trade down in 2014 and no trade up on 2018, that’s some talent.
Frederick, Fuller, Marpet, Hargrave, Smith-Schuster, Warner, and Murray.
That’s incredible talent at every level.
Obviously you probably don’t pick first overall in 2019, but if you used those picks, the team is pretty damn loaded.
Obviously, hindsight is 20/20, but man it’s interesting to look back.
Finally, this is where the Cardinals players end up based on Approximate Value:
2013 - 87th
2014 - 51st
2015 - 56th
2016 - I’m not counting that high but 132nd
2017 - 66th
2018 - 131st
2019 - 1st
So, before Kyler Murray, based on CarAv, Deone Bucannon has been Steve Keim’s best pick in the first round.