History of Arizona Cardinals First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

    The Arizona Cardinals have made almost 100 first-round NFL Draft picks since the franchise's introduction in 1936. Here's how they've fared in Round 1.

    The Arizona Cardinals have amassed an expansive history of first-round NFL Draft picks since the franchise’s inception in 1936. They’ve experienced varying degrees of success in Round 1 across the years, but the high points have been very high indeed. Let’s take a closer look at Arizona’s track record in the first round.

    Arizona Cardinals First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

    Of the 91 first-round picks the Cardinals have amassed, only four have gone on to join the Hall of Fame ranks, though a fifth may soon follow in Larry Fitzgerald. Joe Namath is listed on the Cardinals’ NFL Draft history, but he never played a down for the team. Back when the AFL and NFL were separate, both the Cardinals and Jets drafted Namath, and Namath elected to play in New York.

    Entering the 2024 NFL Draft cycle, the Cardinals haven’t selected an inducted Hall of Famer in Round 1 since 1969.

    2024

    • Marvin Harrison Jr. | Pick 4
      WR, Ohio State

    2023

    • Paris Johnson Jr. | Pick 6
      OL, Ohio State

    2022

    The Cardinals did not select in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

    2021

    • Zaven Collins | Pick 16
      LB, Tulsa

    2020

    • Isaiah Simmons | Pick 8
      LB, Clemson

    2019

    • Kyler Murray | Pick 1
      QB, Oklahoma

    2018

    • Josh Rosen | Pick 10
      QB, UCLA

    2017

    • Haason Reddick | Pick 13
      LB, Temple

    2016

    • Robert Nkemdiche | Pick 29
      DT, Mississippi

    2015

    • D.J. Humphries | Pick 24
      OT, Florida

    2014

    • Deone Bucannon | Pick 27
      DB, Washington State

    2013

    • Jonathan Cooper | Pick 7
      G, North Carolina

    2012

    • Michael Floyd | Pick 13
      WR, Notre Dame

    2011

    • Patrick Peterson | Pick 5
      DB, LSU

    2010

    • Dan Williams | Pick 26
      DT, Tennessee

    2009

    • Beanie Wells | Pick 31
      RB, Ohio State

    2008

    • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | Pick 16
      DB, Tennessee State

    2007

    • Levi Brown | Pick 5
      OT, Penn State

    2006

    • Matt Leinart | Pick 10
      QB, USC

    2005

    • Antrel Rolle | Pick 8
      DB, Miami (FL)

    2004

    • Larry Fitzgerald | Pick 3
      WR, Pittsburgh

    2003

    • Bryant Johnson | Pick 17
      WR, Penn State
    • Calvin Pace | Pick 18
      DE, Wake Forest

    2002

    • Wendell Bryant | Pick 12
      DT, Wisconsin

    2001

    • Leonard Davis | Pick 2
      OT, Texas

    2000

    • Thomas Jones | Pick 7
      RB, Virginia

    1999

    • David Boston | Pick 8
      WR, Ohio State
    • L.J. Shelton | Pick 21
      OT, Eastern Michigan

    1998

    • Andre Wadsworth | Pick 3
      DE, Florida State

    1997

    • Tom Knight | Pick 9
      DB, Iowa

    1996

    • Simeon Rice | Pick 3
      DE, Illinois

    1995

    The Cardinals traded the 16th overall pick to the New York Jets.

    1994

    • Jamir Miller | Pick 10
      LB, UCLA

    1993

    • Garrison Hearst | Pick 3
      RB, Georgia
    • Ernest Dye | Pick 18
      OT, South Carolina

    1992

    The Cardinals traded the seventh pick to the Miami Dolphins.

    1991

    • Eric Swann | Pick 6
      DT, Wake Technical CC

    1990

    The Cardinals did not select in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.

    1989

    • Eric Hill | Pick 10
      LB, LSU
    • Joe Wolf | Pick 17
      OT, Boston College

    1988

    • Ken Harvey | Pick 12
      LB, California

    1987

    • Kelly Stouffer | Pick 6
      QB, Colorado State

    1986

    • Anthony Bell | Pick 5
      LB, Michigan State

    1985

    • Freddie Joe Nunn | Pick 18
      DE, Mississippi

    1984

    • Clyde Duncan | Pick 17
      WR, Tennessee

    1983

    • Leonard Smith | Pick 17
      DB, McNeese State

    1982

    • Luis Sharpe | Pick 16
      OT, UCLA

    1981

    • E.J. Junior | Pick 5
      LB, Alabama

    1980

    • Curtis Greer | Pick 6
      DE, Michigan

    1979

    • Ottis Anderson | Pick 8
      RB, Miami (FL)

    1978

    • Steve Little | Pick 15
      K, Arkansas
    • Ken Greene | Pick 19
      DB, Washington State

    1977

    • Steve Pisarkiewicz | Pick 19
      QB, Missouri

    1976

    • Mike Dawson | Pick 22
      DT, Arizona

    1975

    • Tim Gray | Pick 21
      DB, Texas A&M

    1974

    • J.V. Cain | Pick 7
      TE, Colorado

    1973

    • Dave Butz | Pick 5
      DT, Purdue

    1972

    • Ahmad Rashad | Pick 4
      WR, Oregon

    1971

    • Norm Thompson | Pick 17
      DB, Utah

    1970

    • Larry Stegent | Pick 8
      RB, Texas A&M

    1969

    • Roger Wehrli* | Pick 19
      DB, Missouri

    1968

    • MacArthur Lane | Pick 13
      RB, Utah State

    1967

    • Dave Williams | Pick 16
      WR, Washington

    1966

    • Carl McAdams | Pick 8
      DT, Oklahoma

    1965

    • Joe Namath* | Pick 12
      QB, Alabama
      Namath did not play for the Cardinals franchise.

    1964

    • Ken Kortas | Pick 9
      DT, Louisville

    1963

    • Jerry Stovall | Pick 2
      DB, LSU
    • Don Brumm | Pick 13
      DE, Purdue

    1962

    • Fate Echols | Pick 6
      OT, Northwestern
    • Irv Goode | Pick 12
      G, Kentucky

    1961

    • Ken Rice | Pick 8
      OT, Auburn

    1960

    • George Izo | Pick 2
      QB, Notre Dame

    1959

    • Billy Stacy | Pick 3
      DB, Mississippi State

    1958

    • King Hill | Pick 1
      QB, Rice
    • John David Crow | Pick 2
      HB, Texas A&M

    1957

    • Jerry Tubbs | Pick 10
      LB, Oklahoma

    1956

    • Joe Childress | Pick 7
      HB, Auburn

    1955

    • Max Boydston | Pick 2
      TE, Oklahoma

    1954

    • Lamar McHan | Pick 2
      QB, Arkansas

    1953

    • Johnny Olszewski | Pick 4
      FB, California

    1952

    • Ollie Matson* | Pick 3
      RB, San Francisco

    1951

    • Jerry Groom | Pick 6
      DT, Notre Dame

    1950

    The Cardinals traded the ninth pick to the Los Angeles Rams.

    1949

    • Bill Fischer | Pick 10
      OT, Notre Dame

    1948

    • Jim Spavital | Pick 11
      FB, Oklahoma State

    1947

    • Tex Coulter | Pick 7
      OT, Army

    1946

    • Dub Jones | Pick 2
      RB, LSU

    1945

    • Charley Trippi* | Pick 1
      HB, Georgia

    1944

    • Pat Harder | Pick 2
      FB, Wisconsin

    1943

    • Glenn Dobbs | Pick 3
      RB, Tulsa

    1942

    • Steve Lach | Pick 4
      RB, Duke

    1941

    • John Kimbrough | Pick 2
      FB, Texas A&M

    1940

    • George Cafego | Pick 1
      FB, Tennessee

    1939

    • Ki Aldrich | Pick 1
      C, TCU

    1938

    • Jack Robbins | Pick 5
      RB, Arkansas

    1937

    • Ray Buivid | Pick 3
      QB, Marquette

    1936

    • Jimmy Lawrence | Pick 5
      RB, TCU

    *Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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