ESPN's Mel Kiper has released his mock draft 4.0. There are no surprises at the top of the draft. He has the Tennessee Titans going with Laremy Tunsil to protect Marcus Mariota. The Browns take quarterback Carson Wentz. Yawn.
Even when he gets to the Arizona Cardinals, he doesn't predict anything fun. He has the Cardinals going with Alabama center Ryan Kelly, who happens to be the most commonly mocked player to the Cardinals currently.
The addition of Chandler Jones gives the Cardinals a much-needed pass-rusher. Now a team without glaring needs does have a noticeable one on the interior of the offensive line. Kelly is a plug-and-play option at center, and he's also in the "best available" mix at this point.
According to Kiper, Kelly not only fills a need at center and he would be the "best player available." That would make a good pick, right?
You can ideally plug him in as a starter at center, playing along a pair of veterans in Mike Iupati and Evan Mathis, and with Mathis next to him, Kelly might not even have to make line calls.
Of course, since Bruce Arians does like him some A.Q. Shipley, we might see a third first round offensive lineman sit on the bench in Year 1.
Now, as for other players available, here are some notable ones who are "prospects in play" for the second round, plus the two who go 30th and 31st after the Cardinals take Kelly:
- Pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah
- Defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson
- Pass rusher Noah Spence
- Guard Cody Whitehair
- Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard
- Defensive lineman Chris Jones
- Defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche
- Cornerback Mackensie Alexander
Would you rather have Kelly or one of these other players?