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first_img Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Kiper originally gave the Cards a B- for a draft thatincluded 5th overall pick Patrick Peterson out of LSU andrunning back Ryan Williams from Virginia Tech.After the season, Kiper gave the Cardinals a B. Why? What isn’t debatable, however, is thatPeterson is the real deal. I gave the Cards an A-minus forvalue because Peterson was No. 1 on my Big Board goinginto the season. He needed refinement at corner, but hisimprovement was steady from Week 1 through Week 17, andhe’s right there with Devin Hester already as one of themost dangerous return men in the league.Peterson is headed to the Pro Bowl as the NFC kickreturner after tying an NFL record with four punt returnsfor touchdowns. He was also the only rookie on the AP All-Pro Team released earlierthis week. Of course, Williams was unable to help the Cardinals’revisited grade because he suffered a ruptured patellartendonin his right knee in thepreseason and spent the year on injured reserve.Kiper also lauds fourth round pick Sam Acho, who had7sacks and cracked the starting lineup at outsidelinebacker midway through the season, and 6th round pickDavid Carter (16 tackles, 1 sack) for adding depth. It’s always fun after any NFL Draft to peruse theinternet and read the endless grades expertshand out to the teams in the league for the players theyselected.But does anybody really know how these players will adjustto the pro ranks and actually help their team? The answerto that question is a resounding ‘no’.That’s why it’s refreshing when draft experts revisit whathappened on draft night, and assign new grades for teamsbased on what actually happened on the football field.ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. did just that, and the ArizonaCardinalsreceived a slightly higher grade for their draft nightactivities after one season. Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Check out Kiper’s entire regrading of the 2011 NFLDraft here (must be an ESPN Insider). Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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