Top 5 offensive players the Arizona Cardinals must keep an eye on at the NFL Combine

Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) carries the ball during the Texas Longhorns game
Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) carries the ball during the Texas Longhorns game / Mikala Compton/American-Statesman / USA
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The Arizona Cardinals will most likely go defense in the 2023 NFL Draft. But that doesn’t mean they won’t shock the world and look elsewhere.

The NFL Combine technically started today, but you won’t see the players take the field until March 2nd when the defensive linemen and linebackers show off their skills. As for the offensive players, they will run drills in front of scouts between March 4th and March 5th. 

Before the on-field excitement begins, Arizona Cardinals general manager Monti Ossenfort and assistant general manager David Sears are going to be keeping their eye on a few specific players. And while the Cards will likely draft defense early, there’s always a possibility they go offense either later in the first round, or in the early second.  

So who should they have their eye on? Below, you will find five names Ossenfort and Sears must take note of.

Could Kenny McIntosh fall to the Arizona Cardinals?
Feb 1, 2023; Mobile, AL, USA; American running back Kenny McIntosh of Georgia (6) practices during / Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

5 offensive players Arizona Cardinals must watch at NFL Combine

Bijan Robinson, RB/Texas

James Conner will be 28 this year, and Bijan Robinson could be available late in the first round, or even early in the second per several mock drafts. Of course, the Cards could go with Robinson if they trade DeAndre Hopkins for a first round pick, or if they scoop him up at 34th overall, considering he falls that far. 

At 6’0 and 215lb, Robinson could easily step in and split carries with Conner if the Arizona Cardinals opt not to sign an RB2 in free agency. In college, he logged 6.3 yards per carry, 3,410 rushing yards, and 33 rushing touchdowns, including 18 in 2022. In time, Robinson could evolve into the RB1 while Conner takes a back seat.

Kenny McIntosh, RB/Georgia

We’re staying right with the running backs, with Kenny McIntosh clocking in as another one to watch. The Georgia product only had 279 rushing attempts in college, so he could have some fresh legs coming into the NFL. 

One thing that jumped out at me regarding McIntosh, however, is his sure handedness. He had 76 receptions at Georgia and 861 receiving yards. Impressive, to say the least. In Arizona, he could be a good fit even if the Cards decided to go after an RB2, thanks to his pass-catching skills.