The Louisville Cardinals made school history last night with 3 Cardinals being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. To put this in perspective, that is same number of first round picks that Cardinals have had in the last 20 years! Lets take a look at who was selected and where they went.
Calvin Pryor (S) – #18 to New York Jets
The Jets, who desperately need receivers, selected the best secondary player on the board in Calvin Pryor. All of the top receivers were gone by the 12th pick and rather than spending too to try and trade up 6 or more spots, the Jets took Pryor. Pryor is the kind of player that Rex Ryan dreams about, a hard hitting defensive presence. With a few more teams behind them needing secondary defenders, the Jets were smart to snag their guy with the 18th pick.
Marcus Smith (DE/LB) – #26 to Philadelphia Eagles
Another team that could use a receiver after releasing DeSean Jackson in the off season, the Eagles went defense in picking up the edge rushing Smith. A lot of analysts are saying this was a stretch because they didn’t have them in their first round mocks. This pick, however, makes perfect sense. The Eagles are going to have a high powered offense again this year with or without Jackson, but they really need young defenders to fit their 3-4 scheme. Marcus Smith has the speed and athletic ability to be a major factor as an outside linebacker in that type of defense. 14.5 sacks last year is worthy of a first round selection.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB) – #32 to Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings needed a quarterback as much as any team and made a trade to move up and get their guy in Teddy Bridgewater. This may have been the best move in the draft because I am convinced that the Houston Texans had their minds set on Bridgewater in the first pick of the second round, especially after he made it past the Browns. Their going to have to look elsewhere after Minnesota stole him with the last pick. I think Bridgewater gets a chance this year and like his first year at Louisville, one he gets on the field he will stay there.
Huge day for the Louisville Cardinals and there should be plenty more to come. If the Cards can get 4 more drafted in the next 6 rounds, they will set the school record for most selections in the same draft overtaking 2005 when 6 Cards were taken.