It’s beginning to feel like draft season, and you know what that means, right? You got it. Another Arizona Cardinals mock draft. But this time, with a bold twist.
Nobody really knows what the Arizona Cardinals will do with the top pick. It could be Nick Bosa, Kyler Murray, Quinnen Williams, or they could trade away. In my previous two mock drafts, I had Bosa being the top pick. While I still agree with him deserving the spot, I say we switch it in this one with a major trade with the Cincinnati Bengals.
With this trade, the Cardinals get appropriate value for the top pick in the draft. According to DraftTek’s 2019 draft value chart, the Cardinals exchange the top pick worth 3,000 points for the Bengals 2019 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, which is worth 1,960 points and future picks which add another 1,300 or so in trade value.
But why do both of these teams do this trade? Bengals owner and general manager Mike Brown hasn’t committed longterm to Andy Dalton, and with a coaching change, he may want to secure their quarterback of the future in Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins.
For the Cardinals this is simple, they get great value for the top pick and remain in a good position to get three more difference makers on rookie contracts in 2019 and three more in later drafts. Now, with all that being said, let’s get to mock drafting.