Arizona Cardinals 7 Round Mock Draft

Round 1 (20th Overall): Derek Carr (QB) Fresno State

Everyone, even Carson Palmer, expect Arizona to take a signal caller early. Although the first round does seem TOO early, Carr is a talent that cannot be passed up. Carr is rumored to be the first quarterback off the board. Unfortunately for him, he is less hyped than the other top quarterbacks, and for that reason I believe he falls down the draft board. Coming from a pro-style offense in Fresno State, he will fit in nice as Carson Palmer’s replacement.

Other Options: Calvin Pryor. Ra’Shede Hageman

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Round 2 (52nd Overall): Jimmie Ward (SS) Northern Illinois

The Cardinals need someone opposite of the honey badger. With Ward, Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, and the aforementioned Honey Badger, the Cardinals secondary is scary. Ward is the best strong safety in the class, and excels in both pass and run coverage.

Other Options: Will Clarke. Carlos Hyde

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Round 3 (84th Overall): Trevor Reilly (OLB) Utah

John Abraham is getting old. He needs to be replaced soon so Sam Acho can have a reliable pass rusher on the opposite side. Reilly is physical, and can excel as a strict 3-4 pass rusher

Other Options: Trai Turner. Jack Mewhort

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Round 4 (120th Overall): David Yankey (OG) Stanford

Since the Cardinals passed on OG in round three, they need to select Yankey here. Once considered the best guard in the draft, poor performances in the combine and pro days have hurt Yankey’s stock. He may get selected before this pick, but he definitely could fall here. I still think Yankey has talent to be a successful guard in the NFL, and he can certainly replace Paul Fanaika at RG. This should be a good pick here.

Other Options: John Halapio. Anthony Steen

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Round 5 (160th Overall): Kevin Norwood (WR) Alabama

Behind Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, there aren’t many reliable targets for Carson Palmer. Ted Ginn is not a reliable #3, so the Cardinals need to address this issue now, in the deepest WR class in years. Norwood was A.J. McCarron’s guy in Alabama, and has the size and speed to be a successful slot receiver in the NFL

Other Options: Brandon Coleman. Ryan Grant

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Round 6 (196th Overall): Bennett Jackson (CB) Notre Dame

All major needs are met, so why not add some secondary help? Jackson is certainly not talented enough to be a #1 or #2 corner, but would be a key guy in nickel and dime packages, and is pretty good against the run, something that the Cardinals need, playing in the run heavy NFC West.

Other Options: Ross Cockrell. Cassius Marsh

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With only 6 picks in the draft, the Cardinals can totally revamp their team and make another postseason run!

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By: Andrew Weidman