There has been a lot of talk about the wide receiver position for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.
Tyler wrote about yesterday, I have written about why it could make sense this morning, now, we discuss what that could look like if the Arizona Cardinals did.
Let’s get started.
This week, we are doing another three rounds and will use the CBS Sports NFL Draft Big Board.
Love Watson, but I don’t see him fitting what Arians wants in a quarterback. Running back is not a need, corner, well, maybe next week?
This week, I had to take the best wide receiver prospect in the draft.
Pick 13: Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan
Big, athletic before the catch and physical and able to move after the catch.
Has excellent hands and knows how to win. He also got progressively better each year in college, and played big in his biggest games.
In the second round, well there is a new name to know at the tight end position, and I just couldn’t pass him up
Pick 45: David Njoku, TE Miami
I loved the idea of Cameron Sutton here, but he may be too small at 5-11 and he has had some ankle issues.
The offensive lineman in this round were hard to pass as well, but maybe Jarrad Davis was the toughest. Pay attention to picks 46-50, I forgot to screen shot early enough.
Lewis, Sutton, Feeney and Bisnowaty are all favorites of mine, so this was tough.
Yet, Njoku is the player the Arizona Cardinals could use to, as I said with the Davis pick, take pressure off Carson Palmer but also his heir apparent.
He is so good, Daniel Jeremiah has him as the 13th best prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft, here is what Jeremiah said about him.
Njoku has a long, muscular frame and outstanding athleticism for the position. He primarily lines up flexed in the slot or split out wide. He has outstanding speed to get down the seam and he does a lot of damage on quick-hit and tunnel screens. He's not a refined route runner, but instead gets by with pure agility and speed. He has strong hands to reach and pluck the ball away from his frame but he does allow some balls to get into his body and ricochet off him. After the catch, he has an explosive burst and he breaks a lot of tackles. In the run game, he's a work in progress. He gets in the way to shield and wall off, but he needs to get stronger and more physical at the point of attack. Overall, Njoku is very raw but he has an extremely high upside.
Let’s finish this thing out.
This is why mock drafts are so hard to do, but also why the draft is such a fickle beast.
Look who would have been available in round three if we had waited for wide receiver?
Kupp has some nice ability, Curtis Samuel may be the best in the draft, Ford is a lot of fun too and we know how good LSU receivers can be when they get away from LSU.
Kevin King in the third round is highly intriguing here, he is 6-3, with some movement ability for his size.
Yet, I look at this list and one name really jumps out, no not Tanoh Kpassagnon who will be the bell of the ball at the Senior Bowl and move into the top 35 of most boards, but Ethan Pocic.
Pick 77: Ethan Pocic, OL LSU
Pocic is massive, listed at 6-7 307lbs, he has experience playing guard and center. He could be a nice backup this year and take over for Shipley at center, Boehm at right guard or Iupati at left guard in 2018.
Or, he could just beat out everyone and start this year at center or right guard.
What would you have done?