Steve Keim making the right moves this off-season
After countless mock drafts, trade speculations and hours of tape, Steve Keim and the Arizona Cardinals have their man — freak athlete, Isaiah Simmons, out of Clemson
When asked at the Scouting Combine in Feb. which position he played, Simmons nonchalantly replied, “defense.” Steve Keim had to be licking his chops at that sort of response from the 6-4, 238-pound 21-year-old.
Steve Keim has had a hell of an off-season. And after sticking to the “best player available” playbook, he’s certainly hit a home run with do-it-all defensive player, Isaiah Simmons. However, with less than usual draft capital, Keim will need to pull off some more magic if he wants to continue his stellar off-season.
The Cardinals gave up their 2020 second round pick to the Houston Texans to acquire Deandre Hopkins. With that, they will not have another selection until the third round (72nd overall). Which begs the question: What will Keim do in the meantime?
Speaking to Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM, the GM said, they will “see if there’s any opportunities to move up, move back. …We’ll certainly take those opportunities if it presents itself and take the best player available.”
Adding draft capital for a team with only 5 picks left and glaring needs is paramount if the Cardinals want to keep up in the stacked NFC West division. Do you trade up, losing more picks to get the absolute best player available? Or do you trade back and add a few extra picks and see if you can find those late round gems, or “small school” diamonds in the rough?
Being a virtual draft this year, I would imagine Keim has a little more autonomy and can pull the trigger on whatever he sees best for the team. What that is exactly is yet to be seen. The draft will continue — but will “Keim Time” keep moving along with its magic, or will this draft be another riddled with busts that further question his ability to lead the front office?