Cardinals add more help for Kyler Murray on final day of 2022 draft

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Keaontay Ingram
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Keaontay Ingram /

On Saturday, the Arizona Cardinals ended their selections in the 2022 NFL Draft by adding five more players that could potentially help them next season.

Earlier this month, the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray both expressed their commitment to each other and their commitment to building a championship contender. On the final day of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Cardinals added some players that should help the team reach some of their goals next season.

The first day of the 2022 draft was an eventful one for Arizona, but it wasn’t due to any picks they made in the opening round. The Cardinals didn’t even have a selection in the first round because they chose to send that pick to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the explosive wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

So Arizona didn’t even make their first selection in the 2022 draft until Friday, and despite that, they still walked away on Saturday with eight new players that should be able to help them improve next season.

Arizona Cardinals add a running back and new blockers on final day of 2022 NFL Draft

The Cardinals began Day 3 of the 2022 draft by adding two pieces in the sixth round in former USC running back Keaontay Ingram and former Virginia Tech guard Lecitus Smith. Arizona is likely hoping that Ingram will be able to help make up for the departure of Chase Edmonds this year.

In the seventh round, the Cardinals had a total of three selections. Arizona used these picks on former Valdosta State cornerback Christian Matthew, former Penn State linebacker Jesse Luketa, and former Oklahoma guard Marquis Hayes.

Looking back at what the Cardinals did during the entire 2022 NFL Draft, they end up leaving the event with Brown, the top tight end in this year’s draft pool in Trey McBride, Ingram, and two interior offensive linemen. Murray should be pleased with the pieces that Arizona was able to add during the last three days.

We shouldn’t ignore the players the Cardinals drafted on the defensive side of the ball this year either. Matthew will likely end up on the practice squad, but the two pass rushers Arizona added on Day 2 in Cameron Thomas and Myjai Sanders have the potential to make a significant impact for the team next season.

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