When the Arizona Cardinals select a new addition in the NFL Draft in April, we will begin to see the emergence of the roster. This draft is so important, as the Cardinals are in as much of a win-now mode as they ever were. In this mock draft that I have provided, I have featured trades with other teams (displayed on the bottom), and college players who have some intrigue for now, and the future. I want to think that the Cardinals are going to have one eye towards the present, and one towards the future. Let’s see how it turns out, shall we? Remember fans, this is a mock draft, I’m not saying these trades will happen, but honestly, these are the best and most logical options in my opinion.
2nd Round (35th Overall Selection from San Diego Chargers)
Rashard Robinson – CB
Louisiana State – Junior
6-1, 171 Pounds
No Stats For 2015
A young and very talented cornerback, a prospect who has a very troubled past, but maybe the Cardinals find someone who can become a pro-bowl type of player. Not to mention Rashard comes from the same school like Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson, if there is anyone who can sort the troubled kids in the back-end of a defense, it’s the Honey Badger and the best corner in the game, Patrick Peterson. It’s not just the LSU background, if you have seen any games from his freshman tape, then you know he is the real deal. He is athletic, all together probably the silkiest athlete too, he just hasn’t played in a season. He needs patience and a stable amount of good influences, the Cardinals are the pillar of good influences.
Another thing I see in a lot of mock drafts are the huge amount of countless mocks saying that the Cardinals would take on an irresponsible athlete named Robert Nkemdiche. It’s one thing to admit you’ve done wrong (like Tyrann Mathieu did during his draft process), but Robert Nkemdiche wasn’t honest with reporters. He put his teammates through the ringer, I am sorry Cardinals fans, Steve Keim will not take on a project that is that much maligned, no matter how talented he is. Some of the reporters and draft experts also say that the Cardinals will draft Ryan Kelly. Another key is that Steve Keim has already put it out to the current public that Kelly is going to be way gone by the time the Cardinals pick, and I believe what he says about key players in the first round.
What then? The Cardinals need a plan B, plenty of talent, so what are the other draft eligible prospects available? The scouts say that Noah Spence won’t make it past Arizona, I’m inclined to believe them, as he is could be the best pass-rusher in the top-15, just has background problems. I’ve mentioned that he just needs guidance. So I think that those are the top prospects (not Nkemdiche) for the Cardinals, if the Cardinals miss out on those players, I think the Cardinals will trade down. I think there is a lot of good trade partners out there who will be willing to get back into the first round (Cleveland, Tennessee, San Diego).
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