Ten-best draft choices by the Cardinals since 2000

Larry Fitzgerald has put up some of the most prolific numbers by a wide receiver. [Image Source: Flickr | Gage Skidmore]
Larry Fitzgerald has put up some of the most prolific numbers by a wide receiver. [Image Source: Flickr | Gage Skidmore]

The list has to start off with future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald who was drafted in 2004.

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The 2019 NFL Draft will start off with the Arizona Cardinals on the clock (barring a trade). The mock draft recently posted by CBS Sports has them selecting defensive end Nick Bosa out of Ohio State with the first selection.

While Arizona usually hasn't been since as one of the best teams since the turn of the century, they have made quite a few solid draft choices. Here are their top-ten draft choices since 1990.

(Note: Only their time with the Cardinals was considered for the list. While players such as Thomas Jones and Leonard Davis became Pro Bowlers, it happened after they left the team. Where someone was drafted also played a role. If someone had close to equal value, but they were drafted in the third round rather than the first, they would get the edge on the list. Some later-round players who played a role for Arizona but didn't quite make the list are Antonio Smith (fifth round, 2004), Steve Breaston (fifth round, 2007), Tim Hightower (fifth round, 2008), Andre Ellington (sixth round, 2013), and JJ Nelson (fifth round, 2015).


Larry Fitzgerald, WR - 1st round, 3rd overall (2004); time with Cardinals; 2004-present

Probably the greatest player in Cardinals franchise history, Fitzgerald ranks third all-time in receptions (1,303), second in receiving yards (16,279), and tied for sixth in receiving touchdowns (116). FanSided mentions how he needs just 23 more catches to surpass Tony Gonzalez for second on the all-time list. He has earned 11 trips to the Pro Bowl in his 15 NFL seasons. Five times, Fitzgerald has ended a season with at least 100 catches.


Patrick Peterson, CB - 1st round, 5th overall (2011); time with Cardinals: 2011-present

The next time Peterson is not named to the Pro Bowl will also be his first as he has earned the honors eight times in eight seasons. He also has been named First Team All-Pro three times. Thus far, he has amassed 385 tackles, 23 interceptions, and 12 fumble recoveries.

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