Updated Arizona Cardinals mock draft
Roughly three weeks from now, the front office of the Arizona Cardinals will be given an opportunity to add even more talent to a vastly-improved roster. The 2021 NFL Draft, a three-day event, will get underway on the 29th of April. The following is just one of the many Cardinals mock drafts that will be assembled this offseason.
Round one (16)- There are a variety of options at this spot that could make sense for the Redbirds. It can be argued, however, that a young cornerback who can attempt to replace the now-departed Patrick Peterson is of the most importance. With that idea in mind, the Cards nab the University of South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn to team with Byron Murphy at corner for years to come.
Round two (49)- The Cardinals have not yet replaced running back Kenyan Drake, who bolted for the Las Vegas Raiders back in March. Keim and company decide that Javonte Williams, a 20-year old from the University of North Carolina, is the man for the job. The 5’10, 220 pounder, along with fourth-year ball-carrier Chase Edmonds, would form a dynamic duo in the Arizona backfield.
Round five (160)- Sensational edge-rusher Chandler Jones turned 31 years of age this past February, and also missed 11 games last fall because of a torn biceps muscle. The Cards need some youth at the spot, and find it in the mid-rounds with Duke’s Chris Rumph II. In 35 college contests, the 6’3, 235 pounder racked up 124 tackles (33 for a loss), 17.5 sacks and five passes defensed for the Blue Devils.
Round six (223)- After signing an aging A.J. Green, and the expected retirement of 37-year old Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals feel a need to add a young pass-catcher with their sixth-round selection. Texas A&M’s Jhamon Ausbon joins fellow Aggies alum Christian Kirk in the squad’s wide receivers room. The 6’2, 210 pounder tallied 147 receptions,1,818 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 334 career appearances for the school.
Round seven (243)- Veteran Kelvin Beachum was brought back to man the right tackle post, but the 31-year old will eventually need to be replaced. Arizona grabs Marshall University’s Josh Ball as a potential candidate for that gig. The 6’8, 309 pounder could at the very least serve as a swing tackle if he doesn’t earn a starting job at the professional level.
Round seven (247)- The Cards double up on the edge-rusher position by taking Buffalo’s Malcolm Koonce with their final pick. The 6’3, 250 pounder flocks to the desert as more insurance for both Jones and 30-year old Markus Golden. Koonce registered 109 tackles (22.5 for a loss), 17 sacks and four forced fumbles in 38 games for the Bulls.