With the NFL Draft quickly approaching next month, we take a look at what the Arizona Cardinals could do come Draft Day!
Welcome to Draft season, as free agency looms, coaching changes be made and trades that can alter team needs based upon the new faces that arrive and the players and coaches that leave. It’s a whirlwind of information between the league new year and by the time the NFL Draft takes place which is typically in late-April. Nonetheless, this offseason was no different giving fans an excitement once the New League Year began with many players around the league finding new homes elsewhere and coaching changes being made prior to free agency.
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury
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Heading into the offseason, many questions were afloat when the Cardinals posted a 3-13 record, good enough to let go first-year head coach Steve Wilks and clean house. Fans alike also questioned General Manager Steve Keim and wondered if it was his time to get cut loose. Then more rumors of Larry Fitzgerald was going to retire were instantly shutdown when he announced he’d be coming back for one more season.
Free Agency, Addition: LB Terrell Suggs, DL Darius Philon, OL Max Garcia, LB Jordan Hicks, OL Marcus Gilbert, QB Brett Hundley, TE Charles Clay, LB Brooks Reed, CB Robert Alford, OL J.R. Sweezy, WR Kevin White
Free Agency, Losses: S Antoine Bethea, LB Josh Bynes, OL Mike Iupati, TE Jermaine Gresham, QB Mike Glennon, QB Sam Bradford
Arizona Cardinals Draft Needs: OL, TE, DL, WR, S
With rumors of Josh Rosen the uncertain future and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury publicly stating that he’d select Kyler Murray with the first overall pick, it’s safe to say that Arizona might be eyeing a new signal caller that would be a dual threat in Kingsbury’s new offense.
Here’s who I’d see the Cardinals selecting in this year’s NFL Draft.
1-1 Nick Bosa, DL/Edge, Ohio State
2-33 Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
3-65 Michael Deiter, G, Wisconsin
4-103 Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
5-139 Derrick Baity, CB, Kentucky
6-174 Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State
6-179 (from TB) Joe Giles-Harris, ILB, Duke
7-248 Zack Bailey, T, South Carolina
7-249 Jalen Young, S, Florida Atlantic
7-254 Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest
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Shock The Nation! The Cardinals pass on Kyler Murray to select the top edge defender in the draft in Nick Bosa out of Ohio State. He’ll immediately make an impact on the defensive side of the ball and be a playmaker opposite Chandler Jones to wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Arizona then goes out and selects a top notch tight end out of Iowa in Noah Fant whose athletic ability and football skills make him second to none compared to all the tight ends in the upcoming NFL draft. Arizona turns its attention to the offensive line while selecting offensive guard Michael Deiter out of Wisconsin and a big play ability receiver in Hakeem Butler to add into Kliff Kingsbury’s new offense. The Cardinals then select a very skilled, underrated corner out of Kentucky that could see some playing time in sub packages. Kingsbury finally selects a quarterback in Easton Stick who is extremely under-the-radar and may be overlooked due to where he played (North Dakota State) because of the completion he faces. Stick is a quarterback who can not only throw but also be a threat in the running game. He may not be Kyler Murray, but he can sure learn behind Josh Rosen and take flight someday. The Cardinals then finishes off by adding depth and competition quality in linebacker Joe Giles-Harris, tackle Zack Bailey, safety Jalen Young and special teams ace Greg Dortch.