Cardinals Await 2003 NFL Draft, Mini-Camp
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
Tempe, Arizona —- The Arizona Cardinals, armed with the
sixth overall selection and three of the top 70
choices, await the 2003 NFL Draft scheduled for
Saturday and Sunday, April 26–27.
The NFL Draft begins at 9 a.m. (MST) Saturday and
continues until the completion of the first three
rounds, then resumes at 8 a.m. (MST) on Sunday until
its conclusion. The entire draft will be televised by
The Cardinals' media draft headquarters will be located
in the media work room at the team’s training facility
in south Tempe. Arizona Cardinal Vice
President-Football Operations Rod Graves
, Head Coach
Dave McGinnis, assistant coaches, and appropriate staff
members will be available for media interviews
following the Cards’ early-round selections and again
at other times throughout the two-day draft.
Drafted players also will be made available to the
media via conference calls.
The Cardinals own the sixth pick in the first round and
eight choices overall. Among those eight choices is one
compensatory selection, the 37th selection in the sixth
round (210th overall).
Arizona’s compensatory sixth-round selection is the
result of the addition of cornerback Duane Starks from
Baltimore and the losses of Corey Chavous to Minnesota
and Michael Pittman to Tampa Bay last year.
After the first round, Arizona owns the fifth choice in
round two, the sixth in round three, the fifth in round
four, the sixth in round five, the fourth and 37th
(compensatory) in round six, and the sixth in round
Draft Party—Miller Lite, along with Alltel, Coke, KDUS,
and KSLX, presents the official Arizona Cardinals Draft
Party on Saturday, April 26 at Jackson’s on 3rd in
Phoenix from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Fans will have the
opportunity to meet Cardinal players and cheerleaders,
and watch ESPN’s first-day coverage of the draft.
Raffle prizes throughout the day will include Cardinal
season tickets. Food and beverage will be available .
Admission is free.
Mini-Camp/Fan Fest—McGinnis will conduct a three-day
mini-camp of returning veterans and this year's
draftees and free agents from Friday-Sunday, May 2–4 at
the team’s training facility in south Tempe.
The Saturday morning workout will headline “Fan Fest”
at the team’s training facility. Scheduled from 8:30
a.m.–12:30 p.m., the festivities include a Cardinals
Kids’ Clinic, inflatable games, player autograph
session, cheerleader autographs, concessions, and
mascot Big Red.
Cardinal 2003 Draft Selections
Round One: No. 6 (6th overall)
Round Two: No. 5 (37th overall)
Round Three: No. 6 (70th overall)
Round Four: No. 5 (102nd overall)
Round Five: No. 6 (141st overall)
Round Six: No. 4 (4th overall)
Round Six: No. 37 (210th overall)
Round Seven: No. 6 (20th overall)
2003 NFL Draft Local Media Arrangements
Cardinals Training Complex
8701 South Hardy Drive (corner of Warner and Hardy)
Tempe, AZ 85284 • 602/379–0101
Saturday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. (MST). The
first three rounds will be completed on Saturday by
approximately 7 p.m. (MST). The draft resumes at 8 a.m.
(MST) Sunday, April 27 for the final four rounds.
Each of the 32 NFL teams has 15 minutes to make its
selection in the first round, 10 minutes in the second
round, and five minutes per round thereafter. The seven
rounds will consist of a total of 262 players,
including 32 compensatory picks. In 2002, the first
round consumed five hours and 48 minutes, the second
three hours and 15 minutes, the third one hour and 30
• Live draft coverage by ESPN from 9 a.m. Saturday and
8 a.m. Sunday until its conclusion. The broadcast will
be shown on television at the Cardinals’ media
headquarters in the media workroom.
• Interviews with Vice President of Football Operations
Rod Graves, Head Coach Dave McGinnis, and appropriate
staff members, along with conference telephone
interviews with the Cardinals’ draft choices.
• Ample telephone lines will be available both days to
• Complimentary continental breakfast, buffet lunch,
and beverages will be provided.
2003 First-Round Selection Order (As of April 1, 2003)
12. St. Louis
13. N.Y. Jets
14. New England
15. San Diego
16. Kansas City
17. New Orleans
18. New Orleans
19. New England
22. N.Y. Jets
25. N.Y. Giants
26. San Francisco
29. Green Bay
April 26–27 -- 2003 NFL Draft
May 2–4 -- Mini-Camp (veterans, rookies, first-year players)
May 5 -- Cardinals Charities Celebrity Golf Classic XIV (Wigwam Resort)
May 6–9 -- Veterans Voluntary Camp
June 2–6 -- Mini-Camp (rookies, selected first- and second-year players)
June 9–12 -- Mini-Camp (all players)
July 25 -- Training camp begins, Northern Arizona University
August 9 -- Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sun Devil Stadium, 7 p.m.
August 16 -- Cardinals at San Diego, Qualcomm Stadium, 7 p.m.
August 22 -- Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears, Sun Devil Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
August 28 -- Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings, Metrodome, 5 p.m.
September 7 -- Regular season opens
Cardinals at Detroit Lions, Ford Field, 10 a.m.
January 3–4 Wild Card Weekend
January 10–11 Divisional Playoffs
January 18 Conference Championships
February 1 Super Bowl XXXVIII, Houston, Texas
February 8 AFC-NFC Pro Bow, Honolulu, Hawaii
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