It has become commonplace to see a wide receiver mocked in the first round to the Arizona Cardinals.
In fact, Corey Davis, the best wide receiver in this draft for my money, is the second most commonly mocked prospect to the Arizona Cardinals in our most recent mock draft tracker.
Yet, as John Ross to Arizona begins to pick up steam, I wonder, is this based on a hunch, or is Bruce Arians changing his ways?
Arians as an offensive coordinator or head coach is probably the best identifier and elevator of talent at the wide receiver position in the NFL. Often called a QB whisperer, the reality is, no one puts less investment, and gets a higher return than Arians on wide receivers.
In Pittsburgh we saw it with Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.
Indianapolis, T.Y. Hilton.
Arizona has seen John Brown and most recently J.J. Nelson put up good numbers despite being late day two or day three picks.
It is common to see Arians target a more versatile, speedy wide receiver, why the John Ross mocks make sense on the surface, but it flies in the face of what Arians has done over his career.
Year after year he finds receiving talent on day two and day three and gets 1000 yards out of them.
He is magnificent at taking a Speedy Noil or Dede Westbrook, and turning them into a player with similar productivity to what John Ross will put up, and he will do it 75+ picks later.
This is not to say that we should rule out wide receiver at 13, but it is to note, it would fly in the face of everything Arians has done, and done well, in his career.