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2015 NFL Combine: Mike Mayock compares Jaelen Strong to Larry Fitzgerald

The Arizona State receiver could be available at pick number 24.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals face an important decision this offseason with receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Because of his contract, it is possible that he no longer will be in Arizona. That would mean the wide receiver position would likely become more of a priority in the NFL Draft.

While Arians is not one for drafting receivers early or for drafting bigger receivers, there is one draft prospect in the Cardinals' back yard who was compared recently to Fitzgerald when he came out of Pitt so many years ago.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, on his pre-Combine conference call, said that Strong needs to show good speed at the Combine and used Fitzgerald's name right along with his.

"He has the physical traits, height, weight, speed of Larry Fitzgerald, when he came out of the University of Pittsburgh," Mayock said. "That doesn't mean he's anywhere close to him from a technique perspective. He's really raw. But what he is is he's strong, very strong hands, big body.

"I think he's a second-round pick that could evolve into even a late first-round pick if a team falls in love with him. He's big, strong. What he runs this week is going to be important. There's a huge difference between him running 4.6 and 4.5. I'm rooting for the kid because I like his game."

I watched a lot of Strong because he played for Arizona State and I have season tickets for the Sun Devils. He does intrigue a lot of people because of his size, hands and ball skills. But I never saw him catch the ball and run away from people. He also didn't have an NFL-talent QB throwing to him, as Taylor Kelly's arm is subpar.

I see a mix of Michael Floyd and also potentially Anquan Boldin, although he doesn't seem to have the same intensity Boldin has.

Strong might be available for the Cardinals to draft in the first round. If Fitz leaves, would the Cardinals take a look that early?

After all, Bruce Arians likes little fast guys. Plus, he already has a Michael Floyd-type player in Michael Floyd. He is already that bigger receiver.

Strong has gone in some mock drafts to the Chiefs in the top 20. Others he goes at the end of the first round, while in others he drops to the second.

Would he be worth a look and would he be a good fit?