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After a disappointing finish to the 2002 campaign, the Arizona Cardinals were a team in transition heading into the 2003 NFL Draft. Arizona had three picks in the first two rounds, and with a number of the team¹s veteran receivers departing, there was a gaping hole to fill...The Cardinals had seemingly placed a risky investment in their refurbished, young receiving corps, but needed immediate dividends to be paid. Anquan Boldin, not Johnson, would have the dominant rookie season with Arizona in 2003. And although the team didn¹t find the success it had hoped, Boldin was a young, shining star who had just recorded 101 catches for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns. He was the league’s lone rookie to earn Pro Bowl honors, and he was selected as the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Aside from his impressive stat line, maybe even more remarkable is that Boldin was successful with little more than good coaching. Many young players look to established teammates for advice, often asking questions about technique, scheme and how to be a pro. But Boldin was not afforded this luxury.


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