With two weeks left in the 2017 NFL season and the Arizona Cardinals officially eliminated from playoff contention, the jockeying for draft positioning has started.
Of course, the Arizona Cardinals are not worried about that, just ask Bruce Arians:
Arians wants to win, Stanton is healthy according to BA doesn’t give a shi* about where they’ll be drafting. https://t.co/2xvC0Se0Q1— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) December 18, 2017
The Cardinals want to win and to be frank, Drew Stanton gives them the best opportunity.
That likely means another win this season, maybe two as bad as the Seahawks have been playing, and a 7-9 or 8-8 record, which would put them in the 13-18 range of the draft.
The one thing AZ has going for them is their weak strength of schedule for 2017, which means they’ll likely win a number of tie breakers over other teams.
For now, they sit at 11th in the 2018 NFL Draft:
- Cleveland Browns 0-14
- New York Giants 2-12
- Indianapolis Colts 3-11
- Cleveland Browns via Houston Texans 4-10
- San Francisco 49ers 4-10
- Chicago Bears 4-10
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-10
- Cincinnati Bengals 5-9
- Denver Broncos 5-9
- New York Jets 5-9
- Arizona Cardinals 6-8
- Oakland Raiders 6-8
- Washington Redskins 6-8
- Miami Dolphins 6-8
- Los Angeles Chargers 7-7
- Green Bay Packers
- Baltimore Ravens 8-6
- Detroit Lions 8-6
- Seattle Seahawks 8-6
- Dallas Cowboys 8-6
The Cardinals with a win on Sunday over the Giants would move behind the Dolphins likely and potentially the Chargers.
At 11, they have a nice chance to pick up a quarterback, if they choose, or an impact player on the offensive line or in the secondary. Maybe along the defensive line.
Let’s see what happens against the Giants.