Another poor season will ultimately result in another top-ranked draft selection for the Arizona Cardinals franchise in 2020
If the 2019 campaign came to an end today, the Arizona Cardinals would be sitting in a fairly advantageous draft position. Armed with the sixth-overall selection, general manager Steve Keim and company would have several attractive prospects to choose from. Now that the quarterback spot appears to be solidified with Kyler Murray, the Cards could very well decide to go with the “best player available” formula to help them make their pick.
The University of Georgia’s Andrew Thomas could quite possibly be on Arizona’s radar. The 20-year old has started contests at both tackle positions on the Bulldogs’ offensive line during his three campaigns at the school. Thomas was a First-Team All-American in 2018, and was named First-Team All-SEC following the past two seasons.
Despite the fact that Keim landed three wide receivers during this past year’s draft, it appears that the Cardinals could possibly target another one. One pass-catcher who may be too good to pass on is Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy. During his three years with the Crimson Tide, the 6’1,192 pounder has totaled 153 receptions, 2,538 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns.
Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah is another prospect who would look outstanding in a Cards uniform. In 34 career games with the Buckeyes, the 6’1, 200 pounder racked up 60 tackles,16 passes defensed and three interceptions. Okudah was a unanimous First-Team All-American in 2019.
After passing on Nick Bosa last April, Arizona could certainly use another edge rusher to pair with Pro Bowler Chandler Jones. Keim would probably have to trade up to grab Ohio State’s Chase Young, but Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa will likely be available with the 6th-overall choice. In three campaigns with the Hawkeyes, Epenesa tallied 24 sacks, 58 tackles, eight forced fumbles and seven pass breakups.
The Cardinals draft position could obviously improve or get worse when the final two matchups of ’19 are out of the way. In reality, it’s likely to get better, considering the fact that tough road tussles with the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams lie ahead. With numerous holes on the roster to fill, there are several different directions that Keim and the front office will be able to go with the pick.