The NFL Draft is on Thursday! Finally! That means real picks and not projected picks. But in anticipation of the NFL Draft, there was a full mock draft done for all seven rounds and 256 picks by Lance Zierlein, son of Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach Larry Zierlein, and Chad Reuter for NFL.com.
Here are those results for the Cardinals:
Round 1: CB Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest
The Cardinals could use a running back or a pass rusher, but Johnson is an accomplished man defender and bolsters the Cards' secondary.The Cardinals could use a running back or a pass rusher, but Johnson is an accomplished man defender and bolsters the Cards' secondary.
I don't think this will ultimately be the pick, but it is a good one. The only issue is that he won't likely play in Year 1 unless he beats out Justin Bethel to play outside in nickel packages when Jerraud Powers moves inside to the slot.
Round 2: RB Duke Johnson, Miami
Johnson and Andre Ellington will make an excellent 1-2 punch at running back, giving the team much-needed balance on offense (they averaged just 82 yards a game rushing in 2014.)
This also is not a bad pick, although I like the value of going running back in the third round or later. According to this mock, Preston Smith is still on the board. I think the Cards could end up drafting him in the first round, so if he is there in Round 2, it would be a no-brainer.
Round 3: OLB Hau'oli Kikaha, Washington
If the co-leader in sacks in 2014 falls this far, the Cardinals should thank their lucky stars.
Wow, this is fantastic if he is available in the third round. Don't know if it happens, though.
Round 4: ILB Ranik Wilson, Georgia
He isn't as fast or as big as I think the Cards might like, but could develop into decent depth.
Round 5: C B.J. Finney, Kansas State
Some very good value with this pick.
Round 6: OT Robert Crisp, N.C. State
A lineman from NC State? Steve Keim went there. It means there is something about him he likes.
Round 7: OLB Obum Gwachum, Oregon State; WR Mario Alford, West Virginia
Alford could be the returner the Cards need, although he is tiny. Gwachum could add punch to the pass rush, but you can't expect much from the seventh round.