ESPN's Todd McShay published his third mock draft of the offseason. That means everyone is talking about it. In the version 3.0, Jameis Winston goes first to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota lands with Todd Bowles and the New York Jets.
But what about the Arizona Cardinals?
McShay thinks the Cards will reach a little bit, at least in his eyes. With the 24th pick overall, he projects today the Cardinals will take Virginia outside linebacker Eli Harold.
This is a reach in that Harold is only the No. 37 player on our board, but the Cardinals need to improve their pass rush and six have already gone off the board in this scenario. Also, Harold flashed elite physical tools that speak to his upside at the next level with his combine workout, putting up excellent numbers in the three drills most predictive of success for pass-rushers -- the 40-yard dash, the 10-yard split and short shuttle -- delivering excellent results of 4.6, 1.56 and 4.16, respectively. Arizona could also look to address the D-line, inside linebacker and running back positions this offseason.
The edge rusher class is supposedly really good. As that tends to go, it means they will get drafted quickly.
Harold would be the guy the Cardinals could need. At the same time, tackle T.J. Clemmings is on the board. So is cornerback Marcus Peters. Running back Melvin Gordon is available. So is offensive lineman La'el Collins.
A great edge rusher -- speed off the edge -- is one of the Cardinals' offseason priorities. Would you mind Harold as the pick at No. 24?