When Mel Kiper publishes a mock draft, people pay attention, whether it is out of intrigue or a motivation to argue. He recently published his mock draft 2.0 and there are a few changes from his original for 2015. He does not yet deal with trades.
In this edition of his draft projections, Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota falls to the sixth pick, where Todd Bowles and the Jets take him. Jameis Winston is still the top pick overall.
As for the Arizona Cardinals, Kiper projects they will go with an athletic cornerback -- LSU's Jalen Collins.
I see Collins as one of the bigger upside plays in this draft class, as he offers very good size and exceptional athletic ability but often gets by on his gifts and is still a work in progress when it comes to the finer points of playing cornerback. The Cardinals have the ability to go a number of different directions here, as they have a solid roster but were simply a healthy QB away from challenging the likes of Seattle and Green Bay as a Super Bowl contender out of the NFC. That could mean linebacker, it could mean wide receiver, and it could even mean running back at this point. But you simply can't have enough talent in coverage, and Collins could be a good fit and yet another successful addition out of Baton Rouge.
Collins is considered very raw and I have read he has the highest upside of anybody at the position -- the potential to be like Antonio Cromartie. Interestingly enough, he would probably be replacing Cromartie.
Arizona has had success drafting defensive backs from LSU -- Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Why not try again?
Of course, with Collins being as raw as some people say, he would not likely be an impact player right away. But with a roster of cornerbacks mostly set at the top, adding a high-potential talent couldn't hurt.
After Collins, Pitt tackle T.J. Clemmings comes off the board and there are players like LB Denzel Perryman, DT Carl Davis and T La'el Collins (also from LSU) available.
Could CB be a position the Cardinals look in the first round?