The Arizona Cardinals only have six picks in this year's NFL Draft. However, in a simulation I ran with the FanSpeak draft tool, Arizona parlayed six picks into nine, including trading out of the first round.
In all there were five draft day trades -- two up , two down and another that I don't recall making and I couldn't figure out after the fact (the simulation did not track the transactions in the results.
Here are the results (And here is the link to the full draft simulation):
In the first round, Tampa Bay offered their second, third and fifth round picks, for Arizona's first. Knowing it was a deep draft, the trade was accepted. Arizona took no one in the first round.
In the second round, Arizona picked sixth and 20th. However, the Browns wanted to trade up, so Arizona traded the 52nd pick overall for the Browns' third round pick and two fourth rounders.
38th overall: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Impact player, but undersized. His position is not known yet. He could be moved to inside linebacker, to safety, or used at OLB, too.
Round 3: The Cardinals have three picks in this round -- the fifth, seventh and 20th. They pick with the first two and then trade up from the 20th pick in the round with the Rams for their 11th pick in the round. The Cards get pick 3-11 and the Rams get 3-20 and 5-3, which was the fifth-rounder Arizona acquired from the Buccaneers.
69th overall: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
71st overall: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
75th overall: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
Arizona adds to the defensive line with Easley and then finds themselves with Mason available, who just might be the best running back in the draft. Then the team trades up to make sure they get a quarterback -- McCarron
Round 4: Arizona has three picks in the fourth. No more trades, yet.
106th overall: Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State
120th overall: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
127th overall: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Here, Arizona gets pass rush help, a player who could be Darnell Dockett's replacement and a very good, balanced tight end
Round 5: Using their fifth and sixth round picks, Arizona moves up, trading with the Redskins to target a defensive back.
142nd overall: Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
Exum is a Hokie and he is projected by many to move to safety. He isn't any taller than the players they now have, but they like him.
Round 6: I don't recall the trade, but Arizona picked up the Bills' sixth round pick
185th overall: Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
Bruce Arians gets his speedy receiver.
So what do you think of this scenario?
I also ran another simulation with three trades, all moving down. Here are the results of that draft:
Round 2, pick 8 (after trading down twice): Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Round 2, pick 20: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Round 3, pick 1: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Round 3, pick 20: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
Round 4, pick 1: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
Round 4, pick 4: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Round 4, pick 20: Bryan Stark, C, Florida State
Round 5, pick 20: Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville
Round 6, pick 19: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
Round 6, pick 20: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
- 2014 NFL Draft: Scouting profile for Stephon Tuitt
- Mel Kiper mock draft says Arizona Cardinals pick QB Derek Carr at No. 20
- Arizona Cardinals OC gives specific praise for RG possibilities, cliches for RT possibilities
- 2014 NFL Draft: Darqueze Dennard scouting profile
- Arizona Cardinals running game to look similar to 2013