As some of you guys might know, I’ve done a few of these mocks and each time they are different for the most part, when players draft stock rise and fall. I find these really intriguing because I like to think outside the box and to keep an open mind. In this one, per usual there are no trades and will be all 7 picks that the Cardinals have. Enjoy. Nice comments and constructive criticism are always welcome haha. All player rankings are provided by walterfootball.com and cbssports.com.
Round 1: Chance Warmack – Bama/OG
With Joeckel being taken first overall by the Chiefs and Fisher taken fourth by the Eagles the Cardinals decide to skip over drafting QB Geno Smith for Warmack. He is undoubtedly the best interior OL in the draft and replaces Snyder at RG hopefully increasing pass protection and opening holes in the run game. (Alternates: Geno Smith/QB, Eric Fisher/OT, Luke Joeckel/OT)
Round 2: Kevin Minter – LSU/ILB
With Barkley and possibly Glennon of the board in the second round, the Cardinals elect to go with a tremendous player that has slipped into the second round. Kevin Minter gives the Cardinals two phenomenal young ILB that will anchor the defense for the next decade. Minter logged close to 130 tackles in his 2012 campaign and is a Daryl Washington-esque type player. Logging 20 total tackles against Florida and 19 total in their bowl game against Clemson, Minter seems to always be around the ball. (Alternates: Mike Glennon/QB, Larry Warford/OG, Jonathan Cyprien/SS)
Round 3: E.J. Manuel – QB/FSU
A quality pick for the Cardinals they get a potential future QB in Manuel if Tom Moore and BA can coach him up. He made all the throws at the Senior Bowl and had a good combine showing the ability to make throws and also run a good 40 time.
Round 4: Terron Armstead – OT/Ark-Pine Bluff
Despite running an AMAZING 40 time, the small school offensive tackle will fall to the Cardinals like
Bobbie Massie did last year. He has LT speed and athleticism to handle speed rushers and the Cardinals
Rebuild their line depth and get potentially 2 All-Pro starters on their line.
Round 4: Tharold Simon – QB/LSU
Simon stands 6’2’’ and 200 lbs. He played with Peterson in college and they had a great rapport with one
Another. This pick gives the Cardinals potentially two big shut down corners much like the Seahawks
Have. Also a great value pick for his skills.
Round 5: Cornelius Washington – OLB/UGA
Washington impressed with his sub 4.6 40 yard dash time and looked excellent in his vertical and broad
Jump and being overshadowed by the likes of Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones the Cardinals get a great
Pass rushing line backer with excellent speed, feet, and hips.
Round 6a: Joe Kreuger – DE/UT
Joe Kreuger is Paul Kreugers younger brother who just won a Superbowl with the Baltimore Ravens. He’s
Raw in technique and needs to learn to bend more so he doesn’t get automatically taken out of the play
The cardinals get another 6’6’’ 270 lb DE to coach up next to Campbell who could potentially turn into
Another game changer.
Round 6b: Justice Cunningham – TE/South Carolina
Cunningham isn’t the fastest TE on the board but he makes up for it by running clean, precise routes
Deceiving his defenders. He does most of his work as a blocking TE and can sometimes act as a third
Spencer Ware – RB/LSU
Arron Hester – CB/UCLA
Keelan Johsnon – SS/ASU
I really tried not to make this as biased as possible and keep an open mind, im not sure if it worked out
Way or not, but, I tried my best, also, I really like Spencer Ware somewhere in the 6th round if he’s there.
He doesn’t have much tread on his tires and runs very hard and has a lot of patience. I have provided his
"highlight" video, but, yeah. Anyways, thanks for reading guys. Hope you enjoy a different perspective.