With the 2016 NFL Season over, many have turned their focus to the 2017 NFL Draft, including the metrics sites.
This week, Steve Palazzolo unveiled his fourth mock draft of the season and has the Arizona Cardinals addressing the cornerback position... again.
Steve’s reasoning is extremely sound:
13. Arizona Cardinals
Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
The Cardinals play as much man coverage as any team in the league, and with CB Patrick Peterson entrenched on one side, there’s a void for a No. 2 cornerback. Jones is excellent in press, often showing the ability to mirror vertical routes as well as the receiver runs them. Pac-12 offenses took notice of this, as he saw only 48 targets in 2016, tied for 200th in the nation. Jones also has good ball skills, as he finds ways to break up passes while avoiding downfield contact, all leading to an 86.5 PFF coverage grade that ranked eighth among Power-5 cornerbacks in 2016.
Getting help for Patrick Peterson does make quite a bit of sense. The Cardinals struggled to find consistent production opposite Peterson this season, which caused them to lose a number of games, none bigger than when the Atlanta Falcons boat raced them out of the state of Georgia behind Taylor Gabriel.
If the Cardinals are going to be a dominant team in 2017 they have to find the answer opposite Patrick Peterson, whether that is with a player on the roster or one in the draft. Jones is a nice player and maybe one of the five best defensive backs in a talented class.
Palazzolo has Teez Tabor, Malik Hooker, Jamal Adams and Jamal Adams off the board already so if they are going to go corner or safety, they got the best one left.
What do you think?