With the post season now in full swing for 30 of 32 teams in the NFL, draft season has officially begun. You will see mock draft after mock draft uploaded daily by the so-called 'media experts' which we will all take a gander at to see who the Cardinals are projected to select.
For those unaware with their work, Draft Mecca is a website devoted to providing quality NFL and NFL Draft coverage, especially leading up to the big day in May. Like many sites, they have set up a GM Mock where myself & Seth are co-GM's of the Cardinals team, where we mastermind trades and draft picks and what have you. You can keep track of the draft here.
We are mid-way through the second round as I type this, I would like to hear your thoughts on the Cardinals selections thus far (it is only a 5-round mock).
First round - 20th overall: The Cardinals selected Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech.
With Matt Shaughnessy a free agent and John Abraham ageing, the team needs to address this position sooner rather than later and find a long-term starter opposite Sam Acho. Attaochu has a fantastic burst off the line of scrimmage, and has the ability to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL, able to play both weak and strong side, as well as dropping back into coverage. At this point in the draft, neither Greg Robinson nor Jake Matthews were available, as expected, and none of the other tackles struck me as good value at this point, and in addition, both Eric Ebron and Jace Amaro were snatched just picks before we were on the clock, so we went with one of the top players available in a position of relative need.
Second round - 52nd overall: The Cardinals selected Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood.
Again, we would have loved to go offense with this pick, down to the strength of the defense last season, but again the value wasn't appealing. In terms of tackles, the weak link is left tackle, but top prospects Zach Martin, Taylor Lewan and Antonio Richardson were off the board. Two players still on the board were to chose from: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and CB Pierre Desir. We chose Desir because he is a big, physical corner, in the mould of Richard Sherman, who has major upside to be an elite level player in the NFL. He would stand a good chance of starting opposite Patrick Peterson early, and will add some much needed size in the secondary.
There you have it, the mock so far. The Cardinals have three picks remaining, but there are some trades in the pipeline which could see that number grow. Have any thoughts/comments on the players picked? Feel free to leave a comment, of drop me a line on twitter @moliverNFL.