With the 2015 NFL Draft coming up, more and more predictions and prognostications will pop up. In many mock drafts. the usual names appear -- running backs or pass rushers, or perhaps a cornerback in the first round for the Arizona Cardinals. But on NFL Network, analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis talked about what might happen in Arizona's war room (draft room) and offered up some names for the first three rounds. All of the players mentioned were players who have not shown up in recent mock drafts.
In the first round, Jeremiah believes Arizona could go with the defensive line. While he highlights the nose tackle position, he suggests Florida State's Mario Edwards.
His NFL.com profile projects him in third or fourth round. He is 6-3 and 279 pounds. He wouldn't play nose tackle based on that size, although that was the position both Davis and Jeremiah highlighted.
In the second round, Davis suggests a cornerback. The position is one that will likely be addressed in the first three rounds, but Jeremiah talks about Louisville corner Charles Gaines.
Gaines doesn't exactly fit what Bruce Arians is looking for in a corner. Games is 5-10, 180 pounds. He does have decent speed.
The third round has two names brought up.
Jeremiah talked about the guard position for the Cardinals' third round pick, pointing to Jonathan Cooper as perhaps a guy who would be replaced. With their third round pick, Jeremiah suggests Louisville guard John Miller, who has also played some tackle.
Davis, on the other hand, has the Cardinals looking at a running back in Round 3. Instead of the usual names at the position, he offers Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson. Robinson is described as a "bowling ball" runner. He is 5-8 and 217 pounds. He is a physical back, but does not have great speed, running his 40 in the 4.6-4.7 second range.
These players all are different than the ones you normally hear about. Some make no sense and some don't really fit. However, it was this same NFL Network show where I saw Deone Bucannon as a possible first round pick for the Cardinals suggested last year for the first time, so maybe there is something to what they suggested.