Arizona Cardinals 7-round mock draft, ACC only edition
SYRACUSE, NY – OCTOBER 20: Jamal Custis #17 of the Syracuse Orange makes a first down reception during the fourth quarter as Patrice Rene #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels defends at the Carrier Dome on October 20, 2018 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeats North Carolina in overtime 40-37. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
Wyatt Ray was a productive pass rusher at his time at Boston College and he has a chance to be a solid rotational pass rusher in the league. He is 6-foot-3 which is the solid prototypical for a pass rusher in the league, but he has an average speed off the jump and could improve in that area. At the point of attack showed promise, but could more consistent in his play.
In his only year of starting at Boston College, he should good production and show of strength to bully O-Lineman when in a good position. Has extension in his arms when rushing the passer allowing him to get the quarterback and giving him 11.5 sacks on the year. Has potential in his moves, but with coaching has the ability to be a good pass rusher.
He needs to work on his balance, at times this season got thrown around and could stay on his feet. He also not the fastest guy on the defensive side of the ball and could improve in that area. Him not being a great athletic definitely means he has to go to the basic and taken as much coaching he can in his early years.
With the Arizona Cardinals already having good pass rush on the edge with Chandler Jones, Brooks Reed, and Terrell Suggs they still could use some more depth at the position. The edge and pass rushing spot is key in the NFL and a fundamental guy like Ray could be a good a nice fit. Wyatt Ray not the best athlete, but has value in the 7th round.
Tre Lamar is a broad, physical inside linebacker that would in middle of the field on Sunday on two down situations. Played well and was good field general at Clemson, but doesn’t have that athleticism that many other inside linebackers like Devin White and Devin Bush have in this draft. He could find his way on the field with his power and size.
Even though Lamar isn’t the fastest linebacker in the draft he has a big, gym body that many associates with the linebacker position. Lamar has a nice pop in his pads when he makes tackles in the open field and gives ball carriers a big ole thud when he gets his hands on him. He aggression is what it takes it to play the position and has a lot of promise to be a nice run stopper in the NFL one day.
Lamar has what many call heavy feet which is a big downside to his game, where the linebacker position has become more of a hybrid position. He has not great coverage ability and got burnt at times when he was assigned coverage assignments. He needs to improve his speed and agility to be better in coverage and run from sideline-to-sideline.
The Cardinals already have two great linebackers in Haason Reddick and the newly added Jordan Hicks, but relief is still needed at the position. Lamar will most likely be picked in the later round because he shows that tremendous strength and hard-hitting, but not the most agile of linebackers.
Jamal Custis is an interesting prospect that can be taken in the later rounds and has a lot of potential to be a solid receiver in the league. He stands at 6-foot-4 and runs a very good at 4.5 40-yard speed for his height allowing him to get downfield with easy and also win jump balls. Has big hands and the ability to catch in traffic makes him a great late round selection with value.
Custis has great deep ball abilities, according to the Pro Football Focus, he caught 54.8% of the deep ball passes thrown catching 17 being ranked third in the nation. He has long strides and speed to go along with those big hands making him a go route weapon. He’s not just a straight line receiver for his catch radius is impressive and showed a lot of spark at Syracuse.
Jamal Custis only has one year of production and it was his single season, so many wonder can the receiver keep it up? He also doesn’t have many routes in his route tree making him somewhat predictable on film and when being covered. Sometimes is too upright and needs to be coached to improve the overall art of his routes because the ability and physic are already there.
With Larry Fitzgerald getting close to retirement the Cardinals should consider selecting a big receiver with speed to help the receiving core. Jamal Custis showed a lot of promise in his only season playing a Syracuse and many have high hopes for the young man. Although the rawness and need to improve in the little things will make him fall to the later rounds, still have a lot of potential and value with a late-round pick.