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Cardinals First-Round Draft Picks By Position (1970-Present)
Offensive Line6Levi Brown, 2007
Linebacker6Jamir Miller, 1994
Cornerback6Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 2008
Wide Receiver5Larry Fitzgerald, 2004
Defensive End4Calvin Pace, 2003
Defensive Tackle4Wendell Bryant, 2002
Running Back4Thomas Jones, 2000
Quarterback3Matt Leinart, 2006
Punter/Kicker1Steve Little, 1978
Safety1Ken Greene, 1978
Tight End1J.V. Cain, 1974
- Since 2001, nine different Cardinals have gone to the Pro Bowl and five of those players were acquired via the draft. Of the five players who went to the Pro Bowl in 2008, three were Cardinals draft picks.
PlayerPosYr DraftedDrafted byPro Bowl Year(s)
Larry FitzgeraldWR2004Ari2005, 2007, 2008
Darnell Dockett DT2004Ari2007
Anquan BoldinWR2003Ari2003, 2006, 2008
Adrian WilsonSS2001Ari2006, 2008
Kurt WarnerQBNot drafted-2008
- Of the 22 regular starters for the Cardinals in 2008, 13were drafted by Arizona (offense-6, defense-7)
- Of the 35 different players who started a game for Arizona in 2008, 18 were drafted by the team.
- 10 of the 18 players receiving starts on offense were Cardinal draftees
- 8 of the 17 players receiving starts on defense were Cardinal draftees
- Of the 79 players taken by the Cardinals in the first round of the draft dating back to 1936:
- Only two have been taken from a non-NCAA Division I-A school-C B Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 2008, Tennessee St, 16th overall, CB Leonard Smith, 1983, McNeese State, 17th overall
- One has been selected that never attended college-DT Eric Swann, 1991, 6th overall selection
- In the last 10 years, the Cardinals have selected eight players from schools outside of Division I-A including three in 2008. Last year, the Cardinals three selections from outside of Division 1-A were the most for the franchise since the draft went to seven rounds in 1994.
PlayerPosYr DraftedRound (Pick)College
D. Rodgers-CromartieCB20081 (16 th)Tennessee St
Tim HightowerRB20085 (149 th)Richmond
Brandon KeithT20087 (225 th)Northern Iowa
Ben PatrickTE20077 (215 th)Delaware
LeRon McCoyWR20057 (226 th)Indiana (PA)
Reggie WellsG20036 (177 th)Clarion (PA)
Josh McCownQB20023 (81 st)Sam Houston St.
Chris GreisenQB19997 (239 th)NW Missouri St.
- The Cardinals have drafted a total of 14 players from Arizona colleges since the draft began: University of Arizona-5 ; Arizona State University-9
(Notes from the Arizona Cardinals Media Relations)