This week, Dan Kadar's mock draft for SB Nation goes two rounds. In this mock, he shows how teams reach for quarterback and how the value after pick No. 50 just disappeared.
Here is what the Cardinals ended up with after two rounds.
Round 1: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
Arizona will have a lot of options at No. 24, choosing between a pass rusher, running back or cornerback. The Cardinals have had success with LSU defensive backs, and Collins could be the next one. He's still a little raw, but his tools are off the charts. Working with Patrick Peterson could hasten his development into a shutdown man corner.
Round 2: Lorenzo Mauldin, DE/OLB, Louisville
This is a bad draw for the Cardinals with the top running backs and pass rushers gone. This is a little early for Mauldin, but he's the top edge guy left.
The Collins pick isn't necessarily a terrible one. He has been mocked to the Cardinals more than once. He is the type of cornerback the Cards lost in Antonio Cromartie. He is tall and he is fast. Whether he gets drafted this high in the real thing is yet to be seen.
The pick that makes you scratch your head is the Mauldin pick. He is a guy I had not seen really discussed in the first two rounds. He had 20.5 sacks in three seasons at Louisville and has the size necessarily to play OLB for the Cardinals.
But if you are going to fill needs for the Cardinals, there will be better value going with a pass rusher first, then the corner.
In the first, there were a number of pass rushers on the board who didn't go until much later. Both Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon were available at RB as well. In the second, had the Cardinals not gone with Collins in the first, they could have gotten FSU's P.J. Williams.
Would you be disappointed if the Cardinals' draft played out like this?