They say that we are now just one month away from the 2019 NFL Draft; Pro Days are in full swing, pre-Draft visits happening across the country and the Arizona Cardinals will soon begin constructing their Top 120 board. It’s also Monday, so that means it’s time for another edition of #MockDraftMonday.
The Cardinals have been busy since the start of the New League Year, adding a number of free agents to their roster as preparations for the 2019 NFL Season start gaining some traction. Additions which may signal where they would be looking at when it comes to the NFL Draft, perhaps?
Of course, they could just be filling holes right now and then use the draft to simply inject some young and fresh talent into their ranks – but who knows what their strategy will be come the end of April? I for once certainly don’t.
But I’ve ran another mock draft simulator, pretending to be Steve Keim, so who did the Arizona Cardinals take this week? Without further ado, here’s another guess.
1.1 – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The ‘Kyler Murray to Arizona’ rumour mill continues to grind and it now seems to be the ‘thing’ in mock drafts to pair him and the Arizona Cardinals together – sure, there’s the elephant in the room in the shape of Josh Rosen and what to do with him; could they realistically get a 1st round pick back for a player that will be on relative pittance for the next three seasons? You’d like to think so if that’s the avenue they choose to explore, but it’s something that needs to be done if Kyler is the first overall selection.
2.1 – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
It’s 2019 and the Arizona Cardinals still have questions over their offensive line; adding JR Sweezy and Marcus Gilbert could do as short-term fixes but long-term they need to sort their stuff out. So Andre Dillard, who ranks as one of the top Tackle prospects, is somehow still available at 33. Unlikely this happens in real
3.1 – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Hakeem Butler is a physical specimen and one who can play the WR position as good as anyone else in the 2019 NFL Draft class – but where is his draft stock currently at? The fascinating thing about the draft is that nobody knows. Even internet draft nerds are torn. He might be long gone at this pick, but he’d certainly be a welcome addition to the Cardinals WR group and be the ‘big’ guy they lack.
4.1 – Devin Singletary, RB, FAU
A player that the Arizona Cardinals have been linked to in the pre-Draft process, the highly-productive Singletary would add yet another offensive weapon to Kliff Kingsbury’s arsenal and take some of the pressure off of David Johnson and Chase Edmonds.
5.1 – Ross Pierschbacher, G, Alabama
With a name like that, why wouldn’t you want to take him?
6.1 – Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
A strong blocking tight-end that doesn’t get flagged for holding is something the Cardinals never had when they had Jermaine Gresham on the roster…so maybe they’d get that with Nauta. His stock seems to have plummeted after the NFL Combine, which might make him a so-called ‘steal’ this late on?
6.6 – Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
Former Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury gets a guy already well-versed in his offensive schemes, perhaps giving him a leg-up over roster bubble guys like Kevin White, Trent Sherfield and the ilk as it comes to getting those fringe spots on the 53. Another big-bodied guy, can you ever have too many?
7.34 – Kevin Givens, DT, Penn State
He givens…and he also takes away.
7.35 – Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech
Kliff Kingsbury gets another Texas Tech alumn, although this is one for new defensive coach Vance Joseph to use…or for GM Steve Keim to cut at some point in the preseason.
7.40 – Hjalte Froholdt, G, Arkansas
Another one of those ‘name’ picks. Mr Irrelevant as well, but with a name like that could you ever be irrelevant?