We have reached the end of another week and it is time for another mock draft simulation. In this latest mock, we see the Arizona Cardinals address the offensive and defensive fronts, take a quarterback to develop, a cornerback and, since Bruce Arians always has to do it, a receiver, too.
Round 1 Pick 29: William Jackson III, CB Houston
Jackson is a wild card of the draft, because he has the size, skill and physicality of a shutdown corner, but can he play well in a man to man system? With Jackson opposite Patrick Peterson, the Arizona Cardinals will find out quickly. After our conversation the other night on the Draft Breakdown Podcast (19min mark) I wonder if his best fit is a heavy man defense like Arizona.
Round 3 Pick 30: Willie Henry, DT Michigan
Many may have not heard of Henry, but he's been turning heads during the draft process and now the public is catching up to what the NFL already knew. Henry has the size, physicality and length to be a stout run defender, but he shows good enough explosiveness to r a pass rushing threat as well.
Round 4 Pick 30: Cardale Jones, QB Ohio State
A lot of people think Jones is Logan Thomas 2.0... Those people are very wrong.
While Thomas was inconsistent in his first season as a starter, and was eventually replaced, he showed an ability to do a lot of different things in 2015 with Tom Herman at offensive coordinator. He can get the ball to all levels of the field with ease, but he also has better than advertised ball placement. He's still a project, but his upside is the highest of any QB in this class.
Round 5 Pick 28: Evan Boehm, C Missouri
A nasty, tough and physical leader on the offensive line, Boehm is one center that could come in and be ready to compete in Arizona on day one. He has the understanding of the game that will endear him to coaches and his relentless work ethic and nasty demeanor will won over the veterans.
Round 5 Pick 31: Malcolm Mitchell, WR Georgia
Mitchell would have been a day two type if he had stayed healthy and had any talent at the QB position while at Georgia. He's a favorite of my friend Matt Harmon and his "Reception Perception" and if available, would be a nice addition to an already potent offense.
Round 6 Pick 30: Dean Lowry, DT Northwestern
I've talked about my love of Lowry before. They'll need a guy who knows he's got a dog fight to make the roster. That's Lowry, who overwhelmed NFL favorite Joshua Garnett in Stanford's opening loss to Northwestern.