The Arizona Cardinals need to invest in the future of their offensive line.
After signing their left tackle of the future in D.J. Humphries, the Arizona Cardinals need some youth on the line to ensure that Kyler Murray stays upright and untouched in the pocket for as long as possible.
On the opposite side of the offensive line, there’s not much to make anyone happy. Kelvin Beachum is a tolerable starter at best, and Josh Jones hasn’t lived up to expectations. Not to mention that Justin Murray is injured right now as well.
That’s why the Arizona Cardinals should take a chance on Teven Jenkins out of Oklahoma State, who was drafted in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Sure, Jenkins has dealt with some injury issues with his back in particular, but the film Jenkins has should get you fired up.
The Arizona Cardinals should take a chance on Teven Jenkins because why not?
If there’s anything Steve Keim doesn’t do (besides not drafting well), it’s picking players of need early enough. Unfortunately, the past few years have seen that happen with picks at linebacker and wide receiver when the team didn’t really have an urgent need.
That’s what makes Humphries such a rare exception to the rule, a first-round pick that played out. So since Steve Keim doesn’t hit on many draft picks, why not send over a third-rounder or less for Jenkins?
The tenacity he showed on his college film is exactly what the Cardinals need—a spitfire who can walk the walk and talk the talk. Of course, Jenkins would have to prove himself at the NFL level, but would you rather have Jones try to be your right tackle?
Jenkins also played most of the other positions on the line, so he adds versatility to the roster and depth to an offensive line room for the Arizona Cardinals when Humphries is the only starting Cardinals offensive lineman on the roster for next season at this point.
The Cardinals could use Andy Isabella as trade compensation, seeing how the Bears traded a 7th-round pick for N’Keal Harry. On the other hand, why not own all the 2018 wide receivers? Either way, it would be a win-win trade for either team.
I hope this happens, and we see Jenkins take on Aaron Donald and give him hell for 60 minutes.