At the start of another week, it is time for another mock draft. Rather than the usual Michael Oliver or Seth Cox, this is one I ran using the FanSpeak draft simulator (premium version), picking only for the Arizona Cardinals.
In this mock, the New England Patriots offer to swap picks in the first round, moving up nine spots, giving the Cardinals their second-round pick. With that trade, Arizona picked 29th, 52nd and 62nd. With those three picks, they use two on the defensive backfield.
Round 1, 29th overall: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Trading down took away the top two safeties and the main pass rushers were long gone, so the though was either go for Deone Buccanon or look at either Fuller or Darqueze Dennard, While Bucannon is getting a lot of love lately, I thought he would be around in the second round. So here I take Fuller, who some believe is the best cornerback in the draft.
Round 2, 52nd overall: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
This was a dream come true. I was able to get my favorite safety at 52. He is longer and more athletic than the guys on the Cardinals roster. He played very well in a conference known for passing the ball. The defensive backfield looks set now and looking ahead.
Round 2, 62nd overall: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Here the Cardinals get a tight end that can catch and block. He is big and could just be the guy the Cardinals have been looking for.
Round 3, 84th overall: DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
Lawrence has been mocked to the Cards in the second round and the team does want another pass rusher. He is where they look to improve the rush off the edge.
Round 4, 120nd overall: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
He might have been available in Round 5, but having another Ellington was too much to pass up. Speed, speed, speed.
Round 5, 160th overall: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
Arizona goes again to the Hokie well, picking up a quarterback with a super high ceiling...and a low floor. However, he has time to develop. The quarterback of the future? Maybe.
Round 6, 196th overall: Jay Bromley, Syracuse, DT
I missed on Will Sutton earlier, a player I think would be a good guy to replace Darnell Dockett. Instead, the Cards wait and get Bromley, who some feel is a guy to watch. At 6-3, 306 pounds, he was a disruptive force in the ACC. He is big and he is driven to succeed. This could be a very underrated pick.
Targeted players that the Cardinals missed:
In the third round, Will Sutton went a few picks before the selection of Lawrence.
In the fourth round, tackle James Hurst went a few picks after Ellington. In hindsight, Ellington might have been available in the fifth round and I could have selected Hurst to develop for right tackle.
At quarterback, Aaron Murray went a few picks before I took Thomas. However, for Arizona and Bruce Arians, Thomas is probably the better fit.
In the second round, just one pick before the selection of Seferian-Jenkins, the 49ers took Kelcy Quarles. He was also a player I would have considered there.
Tell me what you think of this draft. Good picks, bad picks? What about the trade to move back? Discuss it in the comment section.
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