Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/16/13
On Monday, we brought you five first-round picks that the PhoenixArizona Cardinals got right. So youve probably guessed what Tuesday brings. As short as Mondays list of candidates was, Tuesdays list provided a different challenge: namely, how to narrow a sizeable group of worthy candidates. We didnt pore over lists for every other team in the NFL, but our guess is that this is not a malady unique to the local franchise, despite its historic struggles. As we noted Monday, despite all the preparations, analysis and eye-balls tests that precede it, the NFL Draft is a crapshoot with the misses as common as the hits. When you factor in the pressure placed on first-round picks to deliver impact, not just solid play, their grades get skewed by expectation. Without further ado, we give you five first-round picks the Cardinals really got wrong. 1. Matt Leinart, QB, USC, 2006, 10th overallYou know those quarterback issues weve been discussing for the last three years? None of them would exist if Leinart had panned out as the Cardinals quarterback of the future. Could things have been different for the fair-faced Trojan if coach Ken Whisenhunt had given him the chance he probably deserved instead of turning to Derek Anderson? Maybe. Maybe Leinarts confidence would have carried him to at least mediocrity, a level not achieved in these parts since Kurt Warner retired. But given his current club-hopping resume, Leinart owns a permanent spot on the list of all-time busts. 2. Wendell Bryant, DT, Wisconsin, 2002, No. 12 overall Bryant joins a long list of highly-drafted defensive linemen who never panned out for the Cards due to substance, injury and motivational issues. In Bryants case, drugs and alcohol were the problems. He served a year-long suspension in 2005 following his third drug policy violation, which also ended his NFL playing days. He concluded his career with 1.5 sacks and 29 games in three seasons, although he attempted a comeback in the UFL in 2009, playing with the Las Vegas Locomotives and Omaha Nighthawks. 3. Tom Knight, CB, Iowa, 1997, No. 9 overall Wait, who? Knight played five uninspiring seasons in Arizona and made stops in Baltimore and St. Louis before his career ended. He totaled 218 tackles, three interceptions, six passes and numerous injuries. Knights impact was so minimal that many Cardinals fans -- and even longtime Valley media members -- dont remember his name. Hard to believe the Cardinals selected Jake Plummer (second round) 33 picks later. 4. Andre Wadsworth, DE, Florida State, 1998, No. 3 overall In fairness to Wadsworth, nobody saw the knee issues coming that eventually derailed his career, but when a player is taken No. 3 overall, where major impact is expected, it doesnt matter why he doesnt pan out. All that matters is that he didnt. Wadsworth was supposed to be a savior for the Cardinals defense, but a contract holdout got him off on the wrong foot in his rookie season Wadsworth wanted to be paid closer to the QBs taken ahead of him, Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf. He played in all 16 games his rookie season, finishing with five sacks and 57 tackles, including 42 solo, but the stats and games played declined thereafter until microfracture surgery in 2000 then a four-letter word in professional sports ended his career miles short of expectations. 5. Levi Brown, OT, Penn State, 2007, No. 5 overall Browns placement on this list is more a product of well-chronicled circumstance than his own play. Brown has not played like the No. 5 pick in the draft and at times has rated among the worst tackles in the game, but he did earn alternate Pro Bowl honors in 2009 and he came on toward the end of the 2011 season. The greater evil here is the fact that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson -- he of the 2,000-plus yard, 2012 season after major knee reconstruction was still on the board. Browns story will always include that snippet, but as time has worn on, he has come to grips with it and anybody who spends time around the man knows him to be a grounded, intelligent, affable leader of the offensive line. The Cards will be counting heavily on those qualities this season after Brown missed last season following a triceps tear. DISHONORABLE MENTION There were too many candidates for the previous list, so here are a few more names to ponder. Thomas Jones, RB, Virginia, 2000, No. 7 overall: Jones went on to a nice career in Chicago and New York, but he never managed more than 511 yards or 3.7 yards per carry in three seasons in Arizona. Joe Wolf, OT, Boston College, 1989, No. 17 overall: Played nine NFL seasons with just 59 starts. Beanie Wells, RB, Ohio State, 2009, No. 31 overall: Topped 1,000 yards in 2011, but knee injuries derailed what, at times, was an incredibly explosive and powerful running back. Leonard Davis, OT, Texas, 2001, No. 2 overall: Davis started 91 games in six seasons for Arizona and eventually made a Pro Bowl as a guard in Dallas. But Davis was the No. 2 pick, a spot that requires far more impact. Bryant Johnson, WR, Penn State, 2003, No. 17 overall; Calvin Pace, DE, Wake Forest, 2003, No. 18 overall: Both players were fine in their own right, though never impact players in Arizona. What wasnt fine is that Arizona State All-American defensive end Terrell Suggs was in the same draft and went at No. 10. The Cardinals had the sixth pick but resisted the clamoring to take the hometown star and traded down for the 17th and 18th picks. They supposedly had their eye on Miami defensive end Jerome McDougle, but the Eagles traded up and took him with the 15th pick. There are some who believe the Cards simply didnt want to pay Suggs. Regardless, the former Chandler Hamilton star has 84.5 career sacks, five Pro Bowl selections, was the 2011 NFL defensive player of the year and just won a Super Bowl with the Ravens. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

CFL commissioner explains why he blocked team from signing Johnny Manziel

Everson Griffen asks for help naming son after sack

Manny Pacquiao trying to bait Conor McGregor into fighting him

Chad Johnson blasts Cowboys for poor playcalling in Twitter rant

Watch Chargers punter Drew Kaser somehow miss kicking net on practice attempt

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Marvin Jones makes amazing catch in between Vikings defenders

Lions' Matthew Stafford suffers ankle injury on TD pass

Report: Chip Kelly could make decision by Sunday

Lane Kiffin reportedly would be open to Tennessee return

Jay Cutler reportedly throws passes in practice

Stefon Diggs shows off Eminem-themed cleats for Thanksgiving game in Detroit

Biggest sports turkeys of 2017

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

NFL Week 12 predictions

College football Week 13 predictions

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Getting a leg up on the competition' quiz

What each NFL team should be grateful for this Thanksgiving

Raiders' fall from grace shows there's more work to be done

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Kyrie Irving has unlimited range

The '303 yards and a cloud of dust' quiz

Anthony Davis may never escape his biggest flaw

NFL Week 12 predictions

NFL MVP Watch: Carson Wentz stands tall among the pack

The 'Greatest show on flat Earth' quiz

Young Maple Leafs maturing their way to the NHL elite

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker