When it comes to rookie classes, the Cardinals have had really one that was impactful thus far.
Sure, they have had a number of players from each draft class sans the 2016 that made an impact, but for the most part, 2015 was the lone class that had multiple players contribute.
When Pro Football Focus looked at the 2020 NFL Draft and each draft classes impact, it was not surprising to see the Cardinals in the bottom half of the league, but I think the more concerning aspect was they were again the worst in the NFC West.
PFF’s 2020 Rookie Class Production:
11. Los Angeles Rams
18. Seattle Seahawks
Why they’re ranked here: Outside of first-round pick Isaiah Simmons, Arizona got virtually nothing out of its rookie class. Only two of the team’s rookies played more than 50 snaps outside of Simmons, and neither impressed. Fourth-rounders defensive end Leki Fotu and nose tackle Rashard Lawrence were those two rookies, and both produced sub-50.0 PFF grades.
It has been a consistent issue seeing rookie classes in Arizona fail to make an impact, and most of that is from lack of snaps.
However, if they want to compete in the NFC West, they need to be closer to the top than being in the bottom.
What do you think of PFF’s rankings?