Seven round mock: Arizona Cardinals land Lamar Jackson
The Arizona Cardinals are just two and half weeks away from the NFL Draft
Having not done much around mock drafting until recently, we take a look at what could happen when the Arizona Cardinals draft for real April 26-29. This will be the first of a number of mocks to be completed leading up to the big weekend in Dallas.
This mock draft was done by computer until it was time for the Cardinals to draft. Then the Cardinals needs are entered and a list of possible players are provided and those are the players we must choose from.
Certainly looking at the Cardinals, there are several areas of need. Quarterback, receiver, offensive line are all needs on the offensive side of the ball. On the defensive side, the focus is in the secondary and at linebacker.
Here is who the Cardinals ended up with during this mock:
Round 1: Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Round 2: Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Notre Dame
Round 3: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
Round 4: Kevin Tolliver II, CB, LSU
Round 5: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
Round 6: Justin Falcinelli, C, Clemson
Round 7: Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
Overall not bad but not exactly a draft to write home about either. Some consider Jackson a project and too high at 15 but if the Cardinals are going to drat a quarterback, it likely ends up being in the first round.
St. Brown at receiver would be a steal in the second round. Yes, he had a down year in 2017 compared to 2016 but is still worthy of a second round choice.
Miller is very tall at 6’9. He has had some injury issues but is a solid third-round selection.
There is a mixed bag of reactions from people when talking about Tolliver at cornerback. It is a need and some consider him to be a very good talent. Worth taking a chance in the fourth round for him.
As for Fumagalli, not a bad fifth round selection. That is right in the middle of his projection of being a fourth to sixth round choice. He had 46 receptions in 2017 at Wisconsin.
Falcinelli could be a bit of a stretch in the sixth and could end up being a undrafted free agent signing. The Cardinals have offensive line needs though and it is Clemson, so how bad can he be?
The fact that Tate was still available in this mock in the seventh round has me questioning the whole thing but he was there according to the computer, so naturally he is going to be taken. I had him as a possibility for the Cardinals in a previous written piece.
Next: 5 receivers the Arizona Cardinals could draft
We will take a look at more mocks over the next couple of weeks. The picture for what the Cardinals are looking for could become even clearer.