Arizona Cardinals: Draft Day 2

PHOENIX—The Arizona Cardinals opened up Day 2 by making a big trade with the Chicago Bears to draft Safety Budda Baker.

The Cardinals traded moved up from the 45th to the 36th pick, but to do so, gave Chicago their 36th pick, a 4th round pick, 7th round pick, and a 2018 4th round pick. The Bears threw the Cards a 7th round pick. I thought it was a clear move up to draft QB DeShone Kizer since Cardinals Quarterback Carson Palmer is 38-years-old, however, I was wrong.

Baker was a 1st-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2015 and 2016. In three years with the Washington Huskies, Baker totaled 199 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five INT’s, four sacks, and three forced fumbles. He’s explosive, and he’s versatile. During the Combine, Seattle Seahawks Safety Earl Thomas, one of the best in the league, said: “this kid [Baker] is gonna be special,”. He’s a bit undersized, but the Cardinals believe, with the mentorship of Tyrann Mathieu, the Cardinals will bring the best out of Baker and have one of the most vaunted secondaries in the league, in addition to Patrick Peterson.

In the third round, the Cardinals drafted WR Chad Williams from Grambling State. If you’ve never heard of Grambling, I can’t blame you. The city has a population of fewer than 5,000 people. Williams is an intriguing prospect, however. He’s got big play ability. Over the last two seasons with Grambling State, he caught 90 passes for 1,337 yards and scored 21 TDs. If he can behave himself off the field, he’s got a shot at becoming a solid contributor in the Cardinals offense. Williams was arrested last summer for marijuana possession and possession of a firearm with drugs.

 

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