Round two: Treat both the wide receiver and offensive line as equal needs by drafting whichever is highest on the big-board.
After adding J.R. Sweezy, Max Garcia, and Marcus Gilbert to the line and signing Kevin White and Damiere Byrd to add more talent to the receiving corps, both position groups look like needs. With the No. 33 overall pick, I believe they will target either position, but they shouldn’t choose one or the other based on need. Instead, they should choose one or the other based on talent.
That nature of the draft are risers and fallers, and there will certainly be both from the two aforementioned team needs. If a player most view as a first-rounder falls to pick No. 33, and they would fill one of those needs, Steve Keim shouldn’t blink twice in selecting him. But, who are those players?
For the wide receiver group, I have four that I would spend a first-round pick on:
- D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
- Marquise Brown, Oklahoma (pictured)
- A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
- N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
And for the offensive line group, I have six more, including:
- Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
- Andre Dillard, Washington State
- Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
- Jonah Williams, Alabama
- Jawaan Taylor, Florida
- Cody Ford, Oklahoma
While it’s unlikely that all of these players fall to the second, especially Metcalf, Williams, Taylor, and Bradbury, if one does, the Cardinals should draft him. The likeliest candidates that I see falling are M. Brown, Harry, Lindstrom, and Bradbury. If any of them fall, this just comes down to Steve Keim’s draft board rather than need alone.