It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for part three of our fun and somewhat depressing series of the worst players ever drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in their franchise history. This week we will take a look at the wide receiver position. Unlike the quarterback and running back positions, which have been marred by ineffectiveness, subpar production, poor personnel decisions, and some horrific draft choices over the past 50 years, the wide receiver position alternatively has actually had a high level of success in the organization, especially through the draft.
The Cardinals have drafted some hall of fame caliber wide receivers over the years who have had a high level of production in a Cardinals uniform including Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Roy Green (better known today as Charles Barkley’s best friend and his accomplice in all of the gambling stories he shares on the Inside the NBA show on TNT). They have also have had a number of high draft picks who have become good, productive NFL receivers and also have had some success in a Cardinals uniform including Frank Sanders, David Boston (pre-steroid addiction and nipple piercings), Ahmad Rashad (yes that Ahmad Rashad), and now Michael Floyd. Surprisingly and refreshingly there aren’t many receivers to choose from for the title of worst receiver drafted in franchise history.
After searching through the annals of Cardinals draft history I have discovered that the Cardinals have only taken 11 receivers in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft in the past 50 years. Of those 11, seven were mentioned as having a level of success in the NFL in the last paragraph, and one other receiver, Dave Williams, who was taken with the 16th pick of the 1967 draft, played five seasons with the team and had 25 touchdown receptions. That only leaves three players remaining for this dubious distinction.