Seeing as the NFL Draft is getting closer, it makes sense to start looking at Mock Drafts to get an idea what the 2019 NFL Draft Class for the Arizona Cardinals may consist of. So, here we are with the first (
The week beginning the 25th February is a significant part of the pre-Draft process with it being when the annual NFL Combine is held in Indianapolis; if hand measurements and watching dudes run around a field in tight shorts and tops, then it’s most definitely the highlight of the NFL Draft build-up. If not, well, you can see who runs fast.
Of course, the Arizona Cardinals have many needs to fill in the 2019 NFL Draft and, armed with the number 1 selection, they have that and a further 10 selections on which to reinforce their numbers – plus more should they like to manoeuvre around on draft night.
For the purpose of this mock though, there are no trades. Mainly because it is using the FanSpeak On The Clock simulator and I’m too much of a cheapskate to buy Premium to allow for trades and the like.
So, without further ado, here’s the first Seven Round Mock Draft for the Arizona Cardinals.
1.1 – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
It seems almost like there are three major options for the Arizona Cardinals in this draft; either they trade down from 1, they draft Nick Bosa or they draft Quinnen Williams. In this scenario, the latter option is chosen – because it’s a bit different to the consensus at the moment.
Perhaps Quinnen Williams could be seen as a safer selection than Nick Bosa? Still a defensive player but without the injury history – but, at the same time, only a year of excellent production in college. In Williams, comparisons to Aaron Donald may be well off the mark at this moment in time (but an enticing prospect to have our own Donald, given the torrid time he gives our OL twice a year.) but certainly worth the selection at 1.
Granted this now means you’re gifting Nick Bosa to the San Francisco 49ers…but, hey, they can put up with his Beyonce hating instead.
2.1 – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The top of the second round is one of the best spots to draft in any draft – especially in a class where there is too much talent for the top 32 selections; if you’re lucky, you could end up with two ‘first round talents’ from your selections and that’s what the Cardinals will be hoping for if they selected Arizona’s very own N’Keal Harry with the 33rd overall selection.
Having seen him be a solid contributor to the ASU Sun Devils in his years with the program, the Chandler-born receiver joins Christian Kirk as another home-grown player and potentially an heir-apparent to the ageing Larry Fitzgerald.
There are concerns over his speed and whether or not he’d be able to get as much separation at the next level as he was able to in college, but the NFL Combine may hopefully put those concerns to bed – although, if he’s able to showcase some raw speed, then maybe he won’t even be an option at 33 because a team would surely take him at some point in the first round and end hopes of a Kirk/Harry double-act for years to come in the desert.
3.1 – Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
It would be nice, just one year, when the offensive line wouldn’t be a massive need for the Arizona Cardinals – 2019 isn’t that year though. Once again questions circle about the unit and, whilst Mason Cole was solid as a rookie and the team will welcome both DJ Humphries and Justin Pugh back from season-ending injuries, there’s holes to be filled.
One hole that would be filled with this selection is that which resides at RT. McGary was a four-year starter with the Washington Huskies and earned the 2018 Morris Trophy – awarded to the best Offensive Lineman in the Pac-12 conference. A solid outing in the Senior Bowl may also entice the Arizona Cardinals in his direction, as will the years of experience at RT; potentially a Day One starter on the OL, which would be a welcome addition.
4.1 – Andy Isabella, WR, UMASS
If the N’Keal Harry move happens the day prior to this, a combination of him, Kirk and Isabella would make for a rather exciting wide receiver group for Josh Rosen and Kliff Kingsbury to work with for the foreseeable future.
Sure, the Cardinals may have more pressing needs than ‘double-dipping’ at the WR position, but Isabella seems as though he would be a solid addition to the offence and may potentially flourish in Kingsbury’s offence if given the ball in space. Go check out the many highlight videos of him on YouTube and you’ll see what I mean.
5.1 – Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
Another selection on the offensive side of the ball – got to give Kliff Kingsbury some toys to play with, I guess – but one which makes a tonne of sense given the struggles at the position and the continued employment of Jermaine Gresham. They recently signed Charles Clay but, with him joining on a heavily-incentivised deal and numerous injuries in recent seasons, that shouldn’t stop the franchise from drafting a guy like Wilson on Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Oh, and there’s the small matter of him being one of Josh Rosen’s favourite targets when he was with the Bruins. Certainly might help the franchise QB take a giant leap forward in his sophomore campaign if he has another solid option in the receiving game and someone he knows he’s able to trust.
6.1 Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
For the second time in this mock draft, the Arizona Cardinals look for another Husky and find one in the shape of Ben Burr-Kirven – a guy that sounds like a ready-made replacement for the outgoing Deone Bucannon, and one who could have a shot at being a big contributor in his rookie season given the lack of competition in the heart of the Cardinals defence.
6.6 – Shareef Miller, ED, Penn State
Sure, the Cardinals passed on Nick Bosa with the first selection, but they could still add some pass-rushers in the rest of their draft class. Ideally I would have chosen one before this but that’s how the board fell. With Markus Golden reportedly unlikely to return to the desert, this may actually be a need should Bosa be bypassed…as good as Chandler Jones is, he can’t do it all.
7.34 – Alex Bars, G, Notre Dame
Cardinals love a versatile offensive lineman and that’s what they’ll get in Bars; has played LG, RG and RT but appears more suited to be an interior guy at the NFL level. A dart throw this late on but has some traits that new OL Coach Sean Kugler can perhaps work with?
7.35 – Alijah Holder, CB, Stanford
Probably better than Brandon Williams.
7.40 – Jojo McIntosh, S, Washington
Hey, another Husky. Also Mr. Irrelevant. Hopefully he lasts a bit longer than Gerald Christian did…