We have finally hit the final weekend before the actual NFL Draft, and for most it can't come soon enough. That said, I wanted to give another shot at a full mock draft, trying to use some of the information that Steve Keim and Bruce Arians gave at their media session on Thursday.
So I made one trade back -- in the second round like last year. Trading back seven spots with the Colts netted an additional three picks -- a fifth, a sixth and a seventh rounder. I doubt such a trade would really net that, but it was what the FanSpeak simulator offered.
I also tried to find a mid round receiver with speed, which I did.
Here are the results of the draft (link to full draft here)
Round 1: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Keim spoke of the tackle depth in the draft, but with a potential talent to lock up right tackle for years was too tempting here. I almost went with Dee Ford here.
Round 2: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
I like what he brings to the table. He will punish with his hits, he is long and he is athletic and fast enough for better coverage.
Round 3: Trent Murphy, edge rusher, Stanford
He was super productive in college and should develop into a nice player.
Round 4: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
This is a little further back than I imagine he will really go, but reports are that the Cards like him. There is a lot to like about him and you can't help but love the possibility of he and Darnell Dockett on the same team. Fun times.
Here is where I land the speedy receiver Arians covets. Colvin has great upside and fallls this far because of his Senior Bowl injury. As a late fifth rounder, he can ease into the rotation and be poised to compete in 2015 for the starting job that Antonio Cromartie will likely leave behind after the season.
I don't know anything about Ikard, but he was the top of the draft board and looking ahead to a replacement for Lyle Sendlein wouldn't be a bad idea. McKinnon is a guy the team has looked at a couple of times this offseason.
Round 7: Chris Coyle, TE, Arizona State
Coyle has had interest from the Cardinals in the offseason and they will look to improve the position. There is some potential there.
As with all mocks, the discussion will be some of you torching the picks and others liking some. This is your cue. Discuss it.