With it being NFL Draft season, mock drafts make for fun conversations. It is interesting to talk about different prospects and get to know who is out there and what they might have to offer to the team we follow. I ran a six round draft simulation through FanSpeaks On the Clock and used the FanSpeak big board to see who might be available for the Cards' picks.
In their simulation, they project the Cardinals getting a fifth round compensatory pick, so they have seven picks in six rounds.
There were no trades this time around.
Here are the picks I made. You can see the full draft here.
Round 1, pick 29: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
He is a player I have not seen go this far down in the draft. He has the size the Cardinals like at OLB and he had the productions. Plus, the Cardinals have shown they like Clemson products, as they have five players from the school. I jumped all over this pick.
Round 2, pick 30: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
He is another guy I didn't see going that late in the second, but he would add elite speed and athleticism in the middle of the field. He would be a great pick to add to inside linebacker. You could probably plug him in next to Kevin Minter in base packages, allowing Deone Bucannon to play safety. Then, in nickel sets, imagine Bucannon and Smith flying around with their speed in the middle of the field. And with Minter entering the final year of his rookie deal, it might be time to draft his replacement.
Round 3, pick 30: Max Tuerk, C, USC
His name has come up a lot as a guy who could be the future and maybe even the now at center.
Round 4, pick 30: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
We know how Bruce Arians loves to draft receivers. He might not have the breakaway speed -- let's wait to see his actual 40 time in the combine -- but his does things with his footwork that would make him fun to add to the offense and he can be an impact player on special teams.
Round 5, pick 28: Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA
Bruce Arians wants to add length to the position. He is 6-0, 194.
Round 5, pick 31: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA
He is coming off an ACL injury, but was a five-star recruit entering college and at one point was a top-10 NFL Draft prospect. How he is here at the end of the fifth, I don't know, but he would be a great add.
Round 6, pick 30: Victor Ochi, OLB, Stony Brook
I first heard his name on the NFL Draft Breakdown podcast Seth Cox hosts leading up to the Shrine game. He isn't as tall as he should be ideally off the edge, as he is only 6-1, but his production and skill set are nice. He would make a fantastic pick on Day 3.