3 likely scenarios for the Cardinals first-round draft pick in 2022

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The Arizona Cardinals currently own the No. 23 pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft

Let’s be honest. Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has whiffed time and again on draft picks. In 2016 and 2018, he wasted two picks by selecting high-risk prospects in Robert Nkemdiche and Josh Rosen. Character issues plagued Nkemdiche and Rosen had Jimmy Clausen written all over him.

Haason Reddick panned out, logging 23.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Obviously, half of them came in Carolina since the Cardinals let him walk while retaining the aging Chandler Jones. Then there was the ill-fated Jonathan Cooper experiment a few seasons before the Reddick selection.

Not to mention Isaiah Simmons has yet to light up the league, and Zaven Collins barely saw the field. Sooner than later, you would think Keim will finally get this right. Maybe it’ll occur in 2022. So, let’s discuss the best fits for the Cardinals if they stand pat at pick No. 23, trade up, or trade down.