Arizona Cardinals must consider drafting one of the following prospects
Despite the presence of DeAndre Hopkins and even if Larry Fitzgerald returns, wide receiver is still a pressing need. Christian Kirk hasn’t lived up to expectations despite his ability to make a few splash plays and contribute in a supporting role. And Andy Isabella has been a bust so far in his young career, though he still has enough time to turn it around.
As with Sewell and Surtain II, the Cardinals would probably need to trade up if they go after the wide receiver as opposed to Sewell and Surtain. But if they target Smith in the draft, they won’t give up as much draft capital or talent in a trade up as they would if they targeted Sewell. Unless the Miami Dolphins target a reunion between himself and their incumbent quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa.
Some mock drafts have Smith going as high as third overall to the Miami Dolphins while others have him falling out of the top 15. And yes, it makes a lot of sense if the Dolphins grab him with the third pick. However, for mocks that project the Dolphins to pass on Smith, they have him in a freefall toward the end of the top ten, or even beyond.
Smith’s presence in the desert would prevent opponents from keying on Hopkins. Something he’ll deal with if Fitzgerald retires. Kirk doesn’t have the talent or the production to remain a WR2 and he won’t draw attention away from Hopkins as Smith would.
Also, if the Cardinals land Smith, it would give the Cardinals and Kyler Murray an epic one-two combo at wide receiver. If the Dolphins pass on Smith with the third pick, don’t be surprised if the Cardinals are one of many teams looking to trade up to snag him. Unless they are looking to go defense or in another direction in the first round.