With the 2018 off-season in full swing, the mock drafts are coming in hot and heavy.
Some are for fun, some are for a little bit of education, learning prospects outside the top 30-50, while some come from those dialed into the league.
Todd McShay is one of those dialed into the league and when he posts a mock draft, you put that info away in your back pocket for later.
McShay’s first mock isn’t one that is too much in the way of flash, but it has tons of substance and would address one of the biggest concerns the Cardinals have.
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma*
The Cardinals seem likely to add a quarterback in free agency, but if they don’t and one of the top four QBs is available here, they’d have to consider taking him. If QB isn’t an option, cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson and offensive line should be the two target areas. Brown would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle for Arizona. He’s overpowering and a nasty run-blocker. Plus, it takes a $20 cab ride to get around him as a pass-rusher.
Brown is a devastating, physical, mauler up front. He would be a favorite of new offensive line coach Ray Brown and give the Cardinals the flexibility to move on from Jared Veldheer once he is drafted.
One thing we have seen from the Panthers under Browns tutelage is that they are not afraid of young offensive lineman playing.
They also love to be physical and run the ball.
The addition of Orlando Brown does that immediately for the Cardinals and makes the offensive line better.
McShay's first 14:
Denzel Ward, CB Ohio State
Tremaine Edmunds, LB Virginia Tech