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2016 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper, Todd McShay play GM for 3 rounds, land Paxton Lynch for Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona gets a QB and a center in the three-round mock

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This is the busiest time of year for ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper. While they normally put together their own mock drafts, sometimes with how they project the draft to go and other times acting as GM themselves. Their latest was a collaboration in which they took turns acting as general managers and picking players as they woudl do it themselves.

They mocked three rounds.

In the first round, Kiper makes the selection for the Arizona Cardinals and they land Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.

A couple pass-rushers tempt me here, but I love the idea of handing the Cardinals' great head coach -- and master QB developer -- a big-armed (but raw) talent to work with. Do I need to remind anyone how important Carson Palmer's health has been? This isn't just a move for years down the line.

This pick will rile up fans for a couple of reasons. Some will be excited about the possibility of having the heir apparent at quarterback. Others won't like the pick.

He is raw and needs to learn to handle structure in an offense, but he does improvise well, something that will lead to big plays.

McShay makes the Cardinals' third round pick. He takes USC center Max Tuerk.

This is the Cardinals' biggest need entering the draft. I would've loved to grab Ryan Kelly in Round 1, but he was off the board. Tuerk was a three-year starter at USC and his experience is evident when you watch his tape. This is a smart player who reacts quickly to movement from the D-line.

This potentially is a good pick. It does address a need and it doesn't come with prime draft capital, passing on a more talented player in Round 1. At the same time, he has had a knee injury that potentially could take away the explosiveness with which he played before the injury.

What would you think of this scenario?