SB Nation's Dan Kadar publishes a mock draft every week in the offseason leading up to the NFL Draft. His latest is all about giving teams options for each pick. He makes a selection for each team and then provides two other viable options.
For the Arizona Cardinals, they benefit from a player falling much further than most expect. Kadar has Missouri defensive end Shane Ray falling to the Cardinals with the 24th overall pick.
The Cardinals have smartly handled the offseason filling starting needs at guard and linebacker while adding some solid depth pieces. That leaves a few starting spots to finish off, with an edge rusher being chief among them. Ray is player whom the Cardinals could use standing up as a rush end or with his hand down in nickel situations.
Ray is 6-3, 245 pounds and was incredibly productive his last season in college. After being Michael Sam and Kony Ealy' backup in 2013, he exploded for 13.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for losses.
Kadar gives Georgia running back Todd Gurley and UCLA edge player Owamagbe Odighizuwa as the team's other options.
Obviously, if Ray is there, it is a done deal. You don't give it a second thought. But I don't think there is any chance it happens. Gurley is intriguing, but his knee is reason enough for me to look elsewhere in the first round. Odighizuwa is also intriguing.
Given the choice of the two other options besides Ray, I would take Odighizuwa. What about you?