Two days into the three-day 2020 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have made headlines for all the right reasons
Until they hit the field this summer (hopefully) for training camp, we won’t really be bale to judge the picks Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim made will pan out. For now on paper, Keim is earning his paycheck.
More Cardinals fans have come around the last two nights after the picks of Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons and Houston offensive tackle Josh Jones, plus not having to complain about the lack of a second round selection because they used it to trade for receiver DeAndre Hopkins back in March.
So, how do we grade this draft so far? I can’t speak for everyone here but certainly the Cardinals could have done much worse. They may not have done much better.
First Round: A
No doubt the Cardinals could have gone in several directions here A number of media and fans thought they should have gone offensive line here.
Listen, it was not going to be an area they were ever going to ignore. There was only one pick though and it had to be used wisely.
Simmons is so versatile. That is what attracted the Cardinals to him. The selection of Simmons will allow them to move him where he fits the best in any given moment.
Second Round: A+
I mean, DeAndre Hopkns. Do we need to say anymore here? Well, I will say the 40th pick traded to Houston along with David Johnson was a phenomenal move.
They get a number one receiver but also saved them from having to draft another receiver in round one and allowed them to go get a guy like Simmons instead. It can be argued if the trade for Hopkins was never made, Simmons is not an Arizona Cardinal now.
Third Round: A
Josh Jones was on some boards as early as late in round one/early round two. Was it steal? Right now it looks like one but time will tell us if it was or if the other 31 teams that passed on him were right.
For now, it looks great and they got the best player available at the time of the selection. Good on the Cardinals!