What draft grades have the media given to the Arizona Cardinals? What are they saying about the Cardinals' 2023 draft haul?
NFL.com - Grade: A
The offensive line rebuild continued with the smooth-moving Gaines. The fifth-round run on quarterbacks included Tune, who might be a good backup for Kyler Murray. Getting Clark as a slot corner and Pappoe at linebacker were absolute steals.
ESPN - Grade: A-
As for whom the Cardinals drafted on Friday and Saturday? They found a few values and got my favorite Day 3 quarterback, Clayton Tune (139). Tune is accurate and experienced, and he throws a smooth ball. Edge rusher BJ Ojulari (41) was a pressure factory on passing downs last season, while cornerback Garrett Williams (72) is recovering from a torn ACL but might be a steal once he returns. Owen Pappoe (168) has tremendous speed for his position with upside as a cover linebacker. Michael Wilson (94), a 6-foot-2 wideout, had a nice combine workout, which boosted his stock.
Overall, I was impressed with what Ossenfort did in his first class as a GM, getting a plug-and-play left tackle and prime 2024 picks. If there's a quibble here, it's that he didn't take a running back on Day 3 to try to improve the depth chart there. That's where the Cardinals could have found value.
SI - Grade: B-
PFF - Grade: A+
Day 2: Pass rush was a clear need for the Cardinals entering this draft, and Ojulari was one of the better remaining options. He doesn't have elite traits, but he wins with a deep collection of pass-rush moves and a high motor off the edge.
If not for the injury he sustained in 2022, Williams would have come off the board much earlier. He boasts really good footwork as a smooth mover on the outside and was a three-year starter at Syracuse. Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon will love Williams' ability in off-zone coverage, the bread and butter of his defense as a former secondary coach.
Wilson played only 14 games over the past three seasons, and even when he did play, he didn't see many targets. But he has the frame to be a more-than-solid player in the NFL. He averaged 2.3 yards per route run and caught 50.0% of the contested targets he saw in his final season at Stanford.
Day 3: Gaines is a reliable asset in both the run and pass game, as he graded at 76.7 and 77.4 in those facets, respectively. He is one of only three guards in the class to grade at least a 76.7 in both the pass and run games. Gaines may not have any particular special skill, but his consistency and balance are much needed in Arizona.
Tune earned back-to-back grades above 90.0, and his 79.5% adjusted completion percentage ranked seventh in the country in 2022. Tune is a good athlete to boot, which adds some rushing upside and doesn't require a complete change of the playbook from what Kyler Murray runs. With Murray on the mend from a torn ACL, the Cardinals were smart to add a young, developmental piece to the room. He just needs to learn the NFL game where not everything is schemed open like it was at Houston.
Pappoe lit up the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, putting up a 4.38-second time. He struggled against the run, producing a 59.5 PFF run defense grade in 2022 but had a 77.2 coverage grade and missed just 6.9% of the tackles he attempted.
Clark projects to the slot at the next level, fitting his playing style well as a downhill attacker who new head coach Jonathan Gannon should have some fun bringing on the occasional slot blitz. At 22 years old, Clark also has a ton of experience, with over 2,000 college snaps.
Fox Sports - Grade: A-
USA Today - Grade: A-
The Ringer - Grade: B+
Sporting News - Grade: D
Touchdown Wire - Grade: A-
Arizona came into this process with perhaps the NFL's worst roster, and they did their best to reinforce that roster with not only talent now, but more draft capital in the future to get back to relevance. You might like a bit more interior defensive line work in this draft, but not a bad haul at all.
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