The Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft
3rd Round (92nd Overall Selection)
Aaron Neary – OG/C
Eastern Washington – Senior
6-3, 296 Pounds
14 game starter, 2nd team selection
I get the feeling that the Cardinals are dead set on improving the offensive line, this time it starts with the small school prospect from Eastern Washington. I think that most Arizona Cardinals fans will agree with a simple centiment, if you don’t keep an eye on the future, the Cardinals won’t be good very long. I saw a couple games from Eastern Washington, the combination of Aaron Neary and Clay DeBord was very beneficial for Jordan West, as West was sacked on a low amount throughout the season. It’s no surprise that Neary and DeBord are being given a lot of consideration this time of year. I think Neary will be able to play center, so in this mock, the Cardinals make Neary the short term starter at center for next season. Neary would eventually become a long term solution at guard, a replacement for Evan Mathis once he retires next year.
We saw the escalator ride that was the offensive line, one week we are rolling up the red carpet for the offense, another game we are picking the teams ass off the ground. We, as Cardinals fans though, should feel a 360 degree change within, with the Cardinals using well placed money where it needs to be. Jared Veldheer was signed for a 5 year deal, Mike Iupati also, and some pretty coin for the sudden hopes that Evan Mathis makes the team a contender. That doesn’t mean the team stops putting pieces on the offensive line, Aaron Neary being the type of player who has plenty of talent.
Whenever it comes to development, very few teams actually take the time to do so, I expect the Cardinals to take their time this time. Aaron Neary will be no sooner ready to go when the season starts, that’s why you have the option of Earl Watford and Antoine McClain, to step in if they need the assistance. “But John, what happens to Watford?”. Well random fan, the Cardinals haven’t given the public an insight on whether the Cardinals plan on keeping Watford or not, but when Watford was replace by Bobby Massie, you got the sense it was over for Watford. I like Neary, he is mature, and understands that real development must take place for him to succeed.
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