With the scouting combine all wrapped up and free agency set to start in one day (March 8), it’s time speculate on the Arizona Cardinals’ mock draft. There is alot of speculation of who they will select with the 20th overall pick. Will it be a QB, such as Blake Bortles out of UCF? Bruce Arians says no but is it a possible smoke screen? I doubt we will consider a QB until round 2. Then, there is the debate as to they will select as an offensive linemen such as AZ’s own Taylor Lewman, who had a very strong combine performance, or Jake Mathews of Texas A&M, or possibly Morgan Moses out of Virgina? I believe they are going to take the best player available approach with their first pick. Obviously, they would like someone that is a need but if a high profile guy were to slip down to 20, I would not be surprised if they pulled the trigger. Guys like Buffalo’s Kahlil Mack, Taylor Lewman, Jake Mathews, Darqueze Denard, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles comes to mind.
In the second round, this is where I feel they will grab their QB of the future with Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo or perhaps LSU’s Zach Mettenberger. Both have great measurables and both have questions as to how they will transition to starting in the NFL. If not, look for them to grab a speed receiver, like Bruce Ellington of South Carolina or Jordan Mathews out of Vanderbilt. Both recievers had good college careers and will look to continuing their success in the National Football League.
Third round is where we turn to a pass rusher that can create pressure and rotate in with John Abraham. Montana’s Jordan Tripp, who stands 6’3 234lbs, or DE Jackson Jeffcoat from Texas, or ,my favorite, Damarcus Lawrence out of Boise State. Both are known for disrupting the QB.
Fourth round staying with defense but in the backfield; safety or cornerback depth is needed at both positions and there are several options with Pierre Desire out of Lindenwood, Terrance Mitchell from Oregon, or Safeties Ed Reynolds out of Stafford and Antone Exum from Virginia.
Fifth, let’s jump back to the offensive side of the ball and grab TE A.C. Leonard out of Tennessee St., Colt Leyria of Oregon or possibly Crockett Gilmore from Colorado St. Our last pick again with the best player available will be grabbed here as Kiem and Arians are good at finding diamonds in the rough. There are plenty of options and needs for the Cardinals so this pick can go many ways. With this pick I would like to see Michael Sam of Missouri. He is a bit undersized for a DE but he has a nose for getting the QB. Perhaps he stands up and rotates in at OLB. Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals seek a few trades to garner more picks for this loaded draft class. I could go on and on on players that the Cardinals could grab, but we will have to wait and see what the future holds for our AZ Cardinals.