How far down the “Best Player Available” rabbit hole can they continue to go in round one?
Now, in theory the Cardinals drafted best player available in D.J. Humphries, Robert Nkemdiche and Haason Reddick the last three years. Three positions of strength at the time of the draft for players who were unlikely to make much of an impact in year one. Now, it hasn’t exactly worked out that way for a number of reasons, but the theory was sound
In 2018 can the Cardinals do that again?
Look at any mock draft and the names mocked before the Cardinals are all players the Cardinals could use: Quarterbacks, Quenton Nelson, and Calvin Ridley.
The next tier of players mocked around the Cardinals or directly after are players that are very good, but all would be excess to the talent on the team.
Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds are talented linebackers, but can the Cardinals draft another off ball linebacker in round one?
Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick look like two of the better players in the draft, but do the Cardinals need a safety?
What about Maurice Hurst or Vita Vea?
Hell, you could take this to round two and look at Sony Michel, Rashaan Evans and Leighton Vander Esch.
The Cardinals have invested in a number of positions that boast the top talent in the draft for 2018, which begs the question… How far can they take Best Player Available?
If the two best players are Tremaine Edmunds and Sony Michel, that’s not a bad draft, that could actually be a great draft, but is that a draft the Cardinals can afford to have?
It’s an interesting discussion to have this early, because things will undoubtedly change, but will the Cardinals positions of strength change that much between now and draft day?