During the second round of the 2015 NFL draft, the Cardinals were sitting at No. 55 and knew exactly who they wanted: Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah.
There was just one problem: The Lions wanted Abdullah, too. And the Lions picked 54th.
The new Amazon series All or Nothing reveals that. All or Nothing, which debuts Friday on Amazon Prime, documents the Cardinals’ 2015 season, including the draft — when the Cardinals were so close to taking Abdullah that they had him on the phone in their draft room, and coach Bruce Arians and General Manager Steve Keim were celebrating that they were about to add the player they wanted.
“We’ve been talking about this pick since the Combine,” Arians said. Keim added, “I liked him a lot.”
And then Abdullah gave the Cardinals some bad news: He had another call coming in, and it was from Detroit.
“Detroit’s calling him right now,” announced one dejected voice within the Cardinals’ draft room. “You’re kidding me!” said another.
The Lions took Abdullah with the 54th pick, so the Cardinals, no longer having the guy they wanted at 55, traded down. The Cardinals got a running back, David Johnson, in the third round.
As it turned out, Abdullah and Johnson were fairly similar players as rookies: Abdullah ran for 597 yards, added 183 receiving yards and 1,077 kickoff return yards. Johnson had 581 rushing yards, 457 receiving yards and 598 kickoff return yards. Johnson played well enough that losing out on Abdullah didn’t hurt in the long run, even if it hurt on draft day.