Arizona Cardinals 2012 Draft Rewind

To provide an objective score for draft classes the following score system will be used:

To receive a grade above zero, a player must have played all three years in the league with the same team AND must be listed on that teams current roster at the time of the review.

A drafted player who meets the above requirements receives one point.  A UDFA who meets the requirements receives two points

One point is awarded for every Pro Bowl, MVP, Offensive or defensive player of the year award a player has been selected to. Two point bonus for a player drafted in the fourth round or later for the first time that player receives one of the previous recognitions. For example Tom Brady (drafted in the sixth round) would receive a two point bonus for his first MVP, and for his second he would receive one point.

One point for each player drafted in fifth round or later who has been active for at least 10 games in one of their last two seasons with the team which drafted them.

Two points for each player drafted in fifth round or later who have started at least 10 games in one of their last two seasons with the team which drafted them.

One point for players who log career highs in two or more statistical categories in their most recent year (games started or played only counts for offensive lineman)with the team which drafted them.

At the end of each player receiving a score, the point totals are tallied.

Arizona Cardinals 2012 Draft Rewind
Players drafted:  Seven
Drafted players remaining on roster: Three
First round selection: Michael Floyd WR, Notre Dame
Notable late round selection/UDFA: Justin Bethel CB, Presbyterian

The Arizona Cardinal’s 2012 NFL Draft kicked off with the selection of Michael Floyd. Floyd was considered the second best wideout in this draft, behind Justin Blackmon.

So far, Floyd has actually exceeded Blackmon in production, due in part to Blackmon’s frequent suspensions. In 2014, Floyd’s numbers dropped off a bit, but he still logged career highs in touchdowns and yards per catch. Grade: 2

Arizona would not pick again until the third round, when they opted for Oklahoma corner Jamell Flemming. After a subpar rookie season, Flemming would be released and play just three games in 2013 before signing with the Chiefs and putting up decent numbers in a backup role. Grade: 0

Fourth-round tackle Bobbie Massie out of Ole Miss has seen his playing time fluctuate. After playing starting 16 games in his rookie season, he only played eight in his sophomore season and then 16 games again in 2014. He was a bit penalty-prone last year, and it doesn’t speak well that the Cardinals drafted DJ Humphries, a tackle from Florida, in the first round of the 2015 draft. Grade: 1

Fifth round guard Senio Kelemente played one game for the Cardinals in 2012 and was not part of an NFL roster until signing on with the Saints in 2014. Grade: 0

During the 2012 draft, the Cardinals did land a special teams ace in Justin Bethel, a corner from Presbyterian. Bethen hasn’t missed a game in three seasons and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2013 as a special teamer. Grade: 4

Fellow sixth rounder Ryan Lindley started a handful of games over his three seasons with Arizona as a backup, but is likely most known for his 77 yard performance in the Wild Card round against Carolina during the 2014 playoffs. Grade: 0

The final pick of the 2012 Draft for Arizona was offensive tackle Nate Potter from Boise State. Potter spent two seasons as a reserve for Arizona and was released due to injury before the 2014 season. Grade: 0

Total score: 7

The Cardinals certainly landed some talented players in Floyd, Bethel, and to a lesser extent Massie. All three players are certainly capable players, but none of them have really taken their respective games to the next level to become one of the upper tier players at their positions.

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