With a week to go before the 2018 NFL Draft, the mock drafts are heating up. There are two databases to pull from and with that, an idea of what at least the public sees the Arizona Cardinals doing with the 15th pick.
From SB Nation:
28% QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville
23% WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
9% OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
The other 38% are spread out among a plethora of prospects that are being mocked to the Arizona Cardinals. The quarterback is leading the way in the mock drafts that SB Nation is pulling from and not surprising. Perception is part of how mock drafts are made and the perception for the Arizona Cardinals is that they need a quarterback.
That’s not the only consensus board that has the Cardinals taking a quarterback, from Kent Lee Platte’s consensus 1,000.
Here is how Kent’s works:
The shorthand version of how this works: I create a mock draft based off the most popular picks from my gathering of hundreds (in this case 1000) of other mock drafts. The one catch: A team cannot pick a player already chosen in the draft.
15. Arizona Cardinals - Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville
Previous Pick - Josh Allen
Josh Allen 170
Lamar Jackson 136
Baker Mayfield 93
Connor Williams 75
Mason Rudolph 63
Four quarterbacks are among the top five in Platte’s consensus, with Josh Allen getting picked three spots earlier by the Buffalo Bills.
Connor Williams, Calvin Ridley and Mike McGlinchey are the only common non-quarterbacks being mocked to the Arizona Cardinals.
Williams and McGlinchey make sense, Ridley is a nice wide receiver, but picking him at 15 seems expensive.
The experts and amateurs seem to be in agreement, and if they are accurate, I believe fans will be thrilled with Lamar Jackson as their quarterback moving forward.