List of Arizona Cardinals first-round draft picks

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The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football franchise based in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Cardinals were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898, and are the oldest continuously run professional football team in the World.[1]

Officially known as the NFL Draft, the event is the NFL's primary mechanism for distributing newly professional players finished with their college football careers to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings; the teams with the worst win–loss records receive the earliest picks.[2] Teams that qualified for the NFL playoffs select after non-qualifiers, and their order depends on how far they advanced. The final two selections in the first round are reserved for the Super Bowl runner-up and champion.[3] Draft picks are tradable, and players or other picks can be acquired with them.[2][3]


Table key
The Cardinals did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

The Chicago years, 1936–1959[edit]

Chicago Cardinals first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1936 5 Jim Lawrence Wingback TCU
1937 R Ray Buivid Back Marquette
1938 Jack Robbins Arkansas Back
1939 Charles (Ki) Aldrich TCU C
1940 George Cafego Tennessee Back
1941 John Kimbrough Texas A&M Back
1942 Steve Lach Duke Back
1943 Glenn Dobbs Tulsa HB/QB/P
1944 Pat Harder Wisconsin Back
1945 Charley Trippi Georgia Back
1946 Dub Jones LSU Back
1947 DeWit (Tex) Coulter T Army
1948 Jim Spavital Oklahoma A&M Back
1949 Bill Fischer Notre Dame G
1950 No pick
1951 Jerry Groom Notre Dame C
1952 Ollie Matson San Francisco Back
1953 John Olszewski California Back
1954 Lamar McHan Arkansas Back
1955 Max Boydston Oklahoma End
1956 Joe Childress Auburn Back
1957 Jerry Tubbs Oklahoma C
1958 King Hill Rice Back
1958 John David Crow Texas A&M Back
1959 Billy Stacy Mississippi State Back

The St. Louis years, 1960–1987[edit]

St. Louis Cardinals first-round draft picks
Year Player name College Position
1960 George Izo Notre Dame QB
1961 Ken Rice Auburn T
1962 Fate Echols Northwestern DT
1962 Irv Goode Kentucky C
1963 Jerry Stovall LSU S
1963 Don Brumm Purdue DE
1964 Ken Kortas Louisville DT
1965 Joe Namath Alabama QB
1966 Carl McAdams Oklahoma LB
1967 Dave Williams Washington WR
1968 MacArthur Lane Utah State RB
1969 Roger Wehrli Missouri DB
1970 Larry Stegent Texas A&M RB
1971 Norm Thompson Utah CB
1972 Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad) Oregon RB/WR
1973 Dave Butz Purdue DT
1974 J. V. Cain Colorado TE
1975 Tim Gray Texas A&M DB
1976 Mike Dawson Arizona DT
1977 Steve Pisarkiewicz Missouri QB
1978 Steve Little Arkansas K
1978 Ken Greene Washington State DB
1979 Ottis Anderson Miami RB
1980 Curtis Greer Michigan DE
1981 E. J. Junior Alabama LB
1982 Luis Sharpe UCLA T
1983 Leonard Smith McNeese State DB
1984 Clyde Duncan Tennessee WR
1985 Freddie Joe Nunn Mississippi LB
1986 Anthony Bell Michigan State LB
1987 Kelly Stouffer Colorado State QB

The Arizona years, 1988–present[edit]

Arizona Cardinals first-round draft picks
Year Player name College Position
1988 Ken Harvey California LB
1989 Eric Hill LSU LB
1989 Joe Wolf Boston College G
1990 No pick
1991 Eric Swann No College DE
1992 No pick
1993 Garrison Hearst Georgia RB
1993 Ernest Dye South Carolina T
1994 Jamir Miller UCLA LB
1995 No pick
1996 Simeon Rice Illinois DE
1997 Tom Knight Iowa DB
1998 Andre Wadsworth Florida State DE
1999 David Boston Ohio State WR
1999 L.J. Shelton Eastern Michigan T
2000 Thomas Jones Virginia RB
2001 Leonard Davis Texas T
2002 Wendell Bryant Wisconsin DT
2003 Bryant Johnson Penn State WR
2003 Calvin Pace Wake Forest DE
2004 Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh WR
2005 Antrel Rolle Miami CB
2006 Matt Leinart USC QB
2007 Levi Brown Penn State LT
2008 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Tennessee State CB
2009 Beanie Wells Ohio State RB
2010 Dan Williams Tennessee DT
2011 Patrick Peterson LSU CB
2012 Michael Floyd Notre Dame WR
2013 Jonathan Cooper North Carolina OG
2014 Deone Bucannon Washington State University S
2015 D. J. Humphries Florida OT
2016 Robert Nkemdiche Ole Miss DT
2017 Haason Reddick Temple LB
2018 Josh Rosen UCLA QB


  1. ^ "Franchise History". Arizona Cardinals. March 17, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Stewart, Lisa (April 25, 2012). "NFL Draft Basics: Top 5 Things to Know". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Patriots hold five selections in 2013 NFL Draft". New England Patriots. April 5, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Edited by Randall Liu, pp. 393, Workman Publishing, 2001, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2