First of all, there is no quick fix to the situation that is the current Arizona Cardinals. We as a fan base are in for a very long haul. This is a remedy for the fans searching for a bright light in the current sea of darkness.
1st Round (4th Overall Selection)
Andraez ‘Greedy’ Williams - Cornerback
Louisiana State - Redshirt Sophomore
6’3’’, 184 Pounds
I was never very fond of the previous corners the Cardinals explored, and they always seemed like short term solutions.
Patrick Peterson deserves every penny, if I were the Cards front office, I’d give him a competent second corner option since Pat P has obviously noticed the revolving door that is installed in the secondary room so, if the Cardinals draft between 4-10, Greedy Williams is where you meet need and BPA.
Honestly, it’s kind of a cluster, between 4-7, it’s probably Quinnen Williams of Alabama, Greedy, Jonah Williams of Bama, and my personal favorite; Devin White of LSU.
All would fix something for the Cardinals.
Greedy is a very fluid corner, plays great press-man coverage, and seems to have longest arms in the draft. The Cardinals get a guy that will probably boost Patrick’s morale, I mean, who are offenses going to target when both the number one and number two are taken away.
2nd Round (35th Overall Selection)
Jon Dietzen - Offensive Tackle
Wisconsin - Redshirt Junior
6’6’’, 323 Pounds
This whole offensive line for the Cards is pitiful, as they appear give up pressures on a consistent basis, and they have run my patience into oblivion.
I have no confidence in Mike Iupati, who seems slow and overpowered. Justin Pugh probably needs another year in the system but has been a problem. D.J. Humphries is getting beat off the edge consistently, but I still have belief in him for the second part of the year.
Don’t ask about Andre Smith, he should be a backup tackle at best.
Jon Dietzen is a prototypical Wisconsin lineman, big and sturdy. He had an injury, but he came back this year stronger and has been very good with his mobility. The whole line seems to need improvement, Jon Dietzen just seems to be the first cog to plug in, and it doesn’t diminish Humphries, as Dietzen can stay on the right side.
3rd Round (68th Overall Selection)
Trevon Tate - Offensive Guard
Memphis - Redshirt Senior
6’4’’, 295 Pounds
Honestly, drafting another lineman isn’t out of the question for me, as I see a retool necessary. I draft a guard to immediately replace Mike Iupati, with an athletic guard from Memphis who’s going to be given a huge draft boost once his athleticism is on display at the Senior Bowl and combine.
Tate is a three-year starter and has been a consistent plus in pass-protection.
Is he a plug-and-play type? I would like to think so.
4th Round (107th Overall Selection)
Gary Jennings Jr. - Wide Receiver
West Virginia - Senior
6’2’’, 215 Pounds
We all know of David Sills or will know about him, but not many have thought about Gary Jennings yet, someone with good size and who runs great routes.
Some are expecting to hear bad news from Fitzgerald as far as retirement goes, but with a little more than $70M to spend, the Cardinals should have options to put at the top of the room.
Jennings is a solid playmaker, someone with a knack for getting open and making plays with the ball in his hands.
Jennings creates space with creative releases, and he has solid hands. Great redzone target, with nine total scores thus far.
5th Round (142nd Overall Selection)
Carl Granderson - Defensive End
Wyoming - Senior
6’5’’, 261 Pounds
A constant motor guy, Granderson plays as if his hair is on fire, and seems like a perfect fit for the Cardinals. The Grand man is nice fit for the 4-3, and could be a situational pass-rusher.
What does that do for the Cardinals in 2019? Both Benson Mayowa and Markus Golden are expected to be free agents, and the need could be apparent. Granderson, in this spot, is perfect. He can be a situational rusher, with developmental capabilities.
6th Round (176th Overall Selection)
Davion Davis - Wide Receiver
Sam Houston - Senior
6’0’’, 185 Pounds
This whole offense needs to be improved, and it starts at the receiver position, even with Larry Fitzgerald (retire), Christian Kirk (big fan), and Chad Williams (he’ll progress).
I think the draft is scarce for receiver this year, but in my mock, we get one of the better small school ones.
Davion Davis has 10 touchdowns on the year, and seems to have a handle on routes that could be next-level.
7th Round (212th Overall Selection)
Natrez Patrick - Inside Linebacker
Georgia - Redshirt Senior
6’3’’, 242 Pounds
If not for a drug related issue, we might be talking about the athletic, lanky Natrez Patrick as a potential mid-round pick.
He is a natural playmaker with movement skills that impress, and could be a starter for the Cardinals in the near future. At the very least, a special teams contributor early on.
7th Round (251st Overall Selection via Compensatory Selection)
Justin Thompson - Kicker
Kennesaw State - Senior
5’10’’, 168 Pounds
I cannot be the only one tired of seeing Phil Dawson.