Best and Worst NFL Draft Picks for Each Team in the Past Decade

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Jan 3, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) on the field in the 2014 NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals

Best Pick – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, 3rd Overall in 2004

This was tough, as the 2011 selection of Patrick Peterson has panned out well for the Cardinals. However, Larry Fitzgerald has been a fixture in the Cardinals offense for the past decade. He’s totaled 909 catches, 12,151 yards, and 89 touchdowns in his career; all of them Arizona Cardinals receiving records. He has done this despite suffering through sub-par quarterback play over his career (minus the Kurt Warner saga, obviously).

Other selections considered:

Karlos Dansby, LB, 33rd Overall in 2004

Darnell Dockett, DT, 64th Overall in 2004

Calais Campbell, DE, 50th Overall in 2008

Daryl Washington, LB, 47th Overall in 2010

Patrick Peterson, CB, 5th Overall in 2011

Tyrann Mathieu, CB/S, 69th Overall in 2012

Worst Pick – Matt Leinart, QB, 10th Overall in 2006

After winning the Heisman trophy in his days at the University of Southern California, Matt Leinart entered the NFL with ton a of hype, looking the part of a franchise quarterback.

It’s safe to say he didn’t live up to it. Leiart never materialized in to the quarterback the Cardinals expected him to be, and his lacking arm strength really prevented him from becoming a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL.

Other Selections Considered:

Levi Brown, OT, 5th Overall in 2007

Beanie Wells, RB, 31st Overall in 2009

Jonathan Cooper, OG, 7th Overall in 2013