Normally this would be an SB Nation mock draft morning, but with another one having Alabama center Ryan Kelly as the pick for the Arizona Cardinals, how much can we really discuss it, when it has been discussed ad nauseum. However, CBS Sports' Dan Brugler put together a seven-round mock (his second attempt at doing one because the Rams trade blew his up). Let's see what he has for the Cardinals.
Round 1: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
The Cardinals have some questions in the secondary, including at safety. Neal is a known as a physical thumper, but he also has the required athleticism to develop in pass coverage.
Safety is a position of interest for the Cardinals. Tyrann Mathieu will eventually be locked up long-term, but everyone else is a free agent after this coming season, except for Tyvon Branch, who has a two-year deal. Neal could be an interesting fit if you like physical safeties.
Round 3: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
Washington moves very well for a 300-plus pounder and fits the Arizona's defensive front.
This coudl be a great value pick in terms of talent and production. The third round has been a magic round for Steve Keim and company.
Round 4: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
Round 5: Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
Round 5: Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
Round 6: Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky
With his pending legal issues and knee injury, Higbee could slip some, making him a steal for Arizona.
I like the Allen pick, based on what I have heard about him. He is a nasty lineman who wants to knock people down. He is strong, and he is a guy who would endear himself to his teammates.
Russelll is fast, but not as long as I think the Cardinals are seeking, but on Day 3, you don't get everything.
I don't realy like the Sudfeld pick, if what the Cardinals want is to find a future franchise guy. He might be a nice pro, but do they want to draft a future backup at the position? Maybe.
HIgbee is a throw-away pick. He has injury issues and legal issues He got drunk, seriously beat up a guy and ran away from the police. If he pans out, cool, but I see red flags, personally.
How would you grade this draft if it played out like this?