Cardinals Draft Day 3: 4 More Players Chosen
The Cardinals went to work on the last day of the draft, selecting four players through rounds 4 to 6. Arizona did not have a 7th round pick but had two 5th rounders. Their 4th round pick was guard Evan Boehm from Missouri. Boehm is 6’2, 302 lbs. and started 52 straight games for Mizzou. He is known as a durable player and moves his feet well, but lacks arm length for the position.
The first of two 5th round picks by the Cardinals was Marqui Christian, a safety from Midwestern State. At 5’10 196 Christian is a speedy player that won the Cliff Harris Award as the nation’s top small-college defensive player in 2015. He has a reputation for a good quarterback reader but is better suited for zone coverage than man to man. He runs a 4.46 40 and seems destined for special teams.
The second 5th round pick for the Cardinals was Cole Toner, offensive tackle from Harvard. This obviously smart tackle is a beast at 6’5, 306 lbs. Toner is an All-American and was All-Ivy League in 2014 and 2015. He has toughness and decent footwork, but the level of competition in the Ivy League could leave some concerns about his ability to play at the next level.
Last but not least the Cardinals 6th round and final pick of the draft was spent on Harlan Miller, a cornerback from Southeastern Louisiana. Miller is 6’0, 182 lbs. and runs a 4.57 40. Miller had what the experts consider a disappointing combine, but was a second team AP All-American in 2015. He may not be the fastest but has good ability to mirror and match receivers down the field. He is a good tackler and has good arm length and should provide some depth for an already great Cardinals secondary.
With as good as the Cardinals were last season, this draft was mostly about depth. If you look at all the picks except for Nkemdiche, none of them seem a threat to crack the starting rotation right away. However as we know injuries are all too real in the NFL and these rookies just might get their chance to show what they’re made of sooner rather than later. Training camp and preseason will of course be the ultimate test, especially for the late round picks that have to give everything they have to make the team.
Kevin McQuade covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @kmcquade9.