It’s all guesswork.
Not the draft itself – not with the hours each team puts into sorting through all the players and grading their potential, although there is an element of guessing even in that – but the draft aftermath. It’s impossible to know how the new group will turn out, especially in the days right after they were picked.
“Obviously,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said, “what you are going to say at the end of the draft is you are excited about the guys that you picked.”
There’s no reason not to think that. The man-hours put in to find those players should leave the team encouraged. But even Whisenhunt – who makes his rookies earn their time – made mention a couple of times over the weekend how a player like Michael Floyd, for instance, hadn’t proven anything yet on the NFL level.
It’s easy to sit and think Floyd will suddenly be the No. 2 receiver. Or that fourth-round pick
The glare of the spotlight is always intense draft weekend. Even the players selected late bring with them a certain attention.
Think back to 2011. The Cardinals spent a sixth-round pick on
The 2012 season is going to turn not on Floyd, or Massie, or
That doesn’t mean younger players can’t contribute. No one probably would have guessed that Sturdivant’s sixth-round partner last year,
Taking away the injury equation that would force someone to play, Fleming and sixth-rounder
The way the offensive line eventually shakes out may be the most intriguing part of what came from the draft. Whisenhunt mentioned the need to get younger talent in the pipeline, but can, for instance, Massie make enough of a step forward to dislodge
Perhaps the only guarantee – and things, I suppose, can always change – is that quarterback
“At the end of the day, the fans wanted us to be in a position where we had an improved football team,” general manager Rod Graves said. “I think we have certainly given us a chance to do that.”
In the draft aftermath, that’s all a team can ask for.