We’re in the midst of the NFL Combine and, with the final groups of players working out today, it’ll soon be time to turn our heads towards NFL Free Agency. Before then though, there’s another Mock Draft Monday, so who has the draft simulator mocked up this week?
The NFL World has been overrun with constant rumours this past week that Oklahoma Quarterback Kyler Murray going #1 overall to the Cardinals is a “done deal” and new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury has reportedly being telling everyone that’ll listen in Indianapolis that Kyler is coming to Arizona.
Granted, Josh Rosen didn’t have the most impressive rookie season of all time – but, owing to an offensive coordinator that lasted a few weeks and a supporting cast ranking amongst the leagues worst, maybe you should cut the UCLA guy a bit of slack? In the NFL…no chance of that happening.
Whatever happens, we have no idea whether it’s a thing. So, for the purpose of this mock draft, it isn’t. For the simple fact that we have no idea what compensation the team would receive for Rosen were they to make the stupid decision. But that’s another story for another day, we’ve got a mock draft to break down.
1.1 – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The consensus ‘best player in the Draft’ had a very strong outing at this weeks’ NFL Combine, beating his elder brother’s scores in a number of the activities. He’s a luxury pick for Arizona, but one which opens up a whole world of possibilities for the defence having both he and Chandler Jones rushing the passer. Can’t complain, really.
2.1 – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Oh look, him again. Surprise, surprise that N’Keal is once again the selection at 33 overall. I’m going to speak this one into existence. However, with that being said, his performance at the NFL Combine seemed to surprise a lot of people and likely cemented his status as a first round selection in the upcoming draft – which, if happens, he’s not going to be a Cardinal. Lame.
3.1 – Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State
Whatever happens at the Quarterback position, the Arizona Cardinals NEED to address that offensive line of theirs. With the departure of Mike Iupati, there remains a big hole on the interior of the line and it’s one they could instantly fill with Penn State’s McGovern. A versatile player with experience of playing across the interior, he sounds like a player which the Cardinals could thrust into action from Day 1 and get some semblance of respectable offensive line play. We can dream, at least.
4.1 – Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
You may recall the last wideout that the Cardinals drafted out of Notre Dame wasn’t particularly good and never lived up to the hype that a first round selection should have done. Alas, that’s in the past, and Miles Boykin had a tremendous outing at the NFL Scouting Combine and likely boosted his draft stock rather significantly. Anyway, with the addition of N’Keal Harry to go with Christian Kirk from last year, the Cardinals may have themselves a rather good WR group were Boykin added to the mix.
5.1 – Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
Whilst we await the cutting of Jermaine Gresham, we continue to dream of tight ends that might be more successful in Cardinal red. A solid blocker and a reliable option when targetted in college, we can hope he turns into a more reliable contributor for positive plays than Gresham was for negative ones.
6.1 – Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
This is the part of the draft where we start looking for names. Hopefully Steve Keim has a better strategy than this.
6.6 – Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Once hyped up as a potential early round selection, a torn ACL and a disappointing senior season seems to have damaged Love’s stock heading into the 2019 NFL Draft. It’s unlikely he’d be available at this late stage but we’d…erm…love it if he was? Sorry, not sorry.
6.34 – Ben Powers, OG, Oklahoma
Arizona Cardinals draft a guy out of Oklahoma – might help the SEO rankings given all the Kyler Murray chatter, yet they’ll all be disappointed when they get to this part and see it’s Ben Powers. Sadly not Max, but close enough for a name.
7.34 – Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU
Not just tacky, but Takitaki. He’d better be good at tackling, otherwise he’ll earn the nickname MissedTakitaki, I guess?
7.35 – Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls
If you’re after in-depth analysis for a tackle out of Sioux Falls, you’re in the wrong place.
7.40 – Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
My finger slipped, so here’s 2019’s Mr Irrelevant. Next time I might just get a dart board set up and pick whichever name it lands on.