first_imgIt’s no secret the draft can lay the foundation for asuccessful football team, provided it nets an organizationquality players year after year.That the Cardinals are struggling now should be nosurprise, as the team has not landed enough impact playersin recent years.According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic,mistakes in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009 really stand out.Miss on a quarterback (Matt Leinart, first round, 2006),and a team finds itself trying to solve the problem viafree agency (Derek Anderson) or trade (Kevin Kolb).Miss on an outside linebacker (Cody Brown, second round,2009), and a team has to gamble that an old free agent(Joey Porter) has something left.Miss on a left tackle (Levi Brown, first round, 2007), anda team might be continually reminded that it passed on astar running back (Adrian Peterson). To be fair, it would not be right to point the finger atKen Whisenhunt, as Somers notes. For all the praise hegets as a talent evaluator, Dennis Green really had onlyone excellent draft for the team, and that was his firstwhen he took Larry Fitzgearld, Karlos Dansby, DarnellDockett and Antonio Smith. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Other Green drafts netted J.J. Arrington, Eric Green,Darryl Blackstock, Elton Brown, Leonard Pope, BrandonJohnson and the aforementioned Leinart, among others. However, things didn’t really get much better underWhisenhunt, who has just Brown to show for his firstdraft, Calais Campbell, Early Doucet and Brandon Keithfrom his second and, of his third, can only claim BeanieWells and LaRod Stephens-Howling as impact players. Intotal the Cardinals have drafted 35 players with Whiz atthe helm, of which only 21 are still with the team andjust nine are current starters.It’s too soon to properly judge the 2010 and 2011 drafts,but early returns do give reason for optimism. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img