Know Your Enemy: Arizona Cardinals, 2014 NFL Draft Rounds 2 & 3

Posted May 9, 2014

A pick-by-pick look at who the Arizona Cardinals targeted in rounds two and three of the 2014 NFL Draft.

With the Seahawks playing in football's most competitive division, we think it's pretty important to keep tabs on how the club's NFC West rivals operate in this year's NFL Draft.

The Arizona Cardinals got things started last night by selecting Washington State safety Deone Bucannon at No. 27 overall - the first Cougar chosen in the draft's first round since the Seahawks took Marcus Trufant No. 11 overall in 2003.

"He's a great kid," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said of Bucannon at the conclusion of Thursday's first round. "He's really, really tough. Very aggressive, great range. I wish they would have taken a punter."

Here's a look at what the Cardinals did on day two of the League's annual event:

The Pick: TE Troy Niklas, Round 2, No. 52 Overall

Who He Is: A 6-foot-6, 270-pound tight end out of Notre Dame who was originally recruited as an outside linebacker.

What He's Done: Has only been playing the tight end position for two years, transitioning to the spot in 2012. Started all 13 games at tight end for the Fighting Irish in 2013. Analysis: "A converted DE/OLB who emerged from the shadow of Bengals 2013 first-rounder Tyler Eifert, Niklas is the latest in a line of NFL tight ends produced by Notre Dame. He boasts an intriguing combination of size, athleticism, receiving ability and blocking ability to develop into a bona fide, balanced, No. 1 tight end. Has played tight end for just two years and arrow is pointing up."

What It Means: His size suggests he has the potential to develop into one of the best blocking tight ends in the game, but he has soft hands and has worked to develop his down-field routes. He'll join fellow Cardinals tight ends Rob Housler and John Carlson - the former Seahawk - in Arizona head coach Bruce Arians' tight end-centric offense.

The Pick: DE/OLB Kareem Martin, Round 3, No. 84 Overall

Who He Is: A long-armed, two-time All-ACC selection at defensive end who measures 6-foot-6 and 272 pounds.

What He's Done: Captained the Tar Heels in 2013, finishing with 82 tackles (21.5 for loss) and 11.5 sacks (T-8th in FBS). Analysis: "Big, narrow-framed, long-levered defensive lineman who shows big-time flashes of potential as a 4-3 left end, though he needs to fortify his base as a run defender and hone his technique as a pass rusher. Possesses very intriguing dimensions for a rush OLB role in a traditional, two-gapping, 3-4 alignment and showed he is athletic enough to handle it at his pro day."

What It Means: A lengthy athlete whom coach Bruce Arians says will play outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 defensive scheme. He also has the ability to get after the quarterback from the inside or outside of the defensive line.

The Pick: WR John Brown, Round 3, No. 91 Overall

Who He Is: Pittsburg St. (KS) leading receiver for three-straight years, the 5-foot-10, 179-pound wideout also returned kickoffs and punts.

What He's Done: Hauled in 61 catches for 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013. Analysis: "Lean, fluid, speedy Division II standout with a playmaker's resume. Will have to overcome size and strength limitations, but his burst and hands give him the opportunity to earn a role as a slot receiver and return man."

What It Means: The Cardinals land an explosive athlete (4.34-second 40-yard dash) that will compete with fellow wideout Tedd Ginn for return duties.

What's Next: As it stands, the Cardinals hold three picks on the draft's final day, selecting once in the fourth round (No. 120 overall), once in the fifth (No. 160), and once in the sixth (No. 196).