With the 2018 NFL Draft just one week from today, the speculation will be hot and heavy as we crawl to the finish line.
ESPN had an article on three prospects for three days for each team, and the Arizona Cardinals would be an ideal scenario in terms of fitting position and need, but would you be happy with the order?
Day 1: Maryland WR D.J. Moore
Day 2: Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta
Day 3: Stanford CB Quenton Meeks
Ageless wonder Larry Fitzgerald returns but no other receiver on the roster had more than 33 catches last season. Moore is a fluid, savvy route runner who is dangerous after the catch and has the top-end speed to stretch the field. Arizona needs a young quarterback considering Sam Bradford’s injury history and Mike Glennon’s inability to hold onto a starting job up to this point. Lauletta is an accurate passer who gets the ball out of his hands quickly once he locates an open man and has the mobility to buy time within the pocket. Tramon Williams and Justin Bethel both left in free agency, creating a need at corner. Meeks is a big, physical corner who ran better than expected at his pro day and has above-average ball skills.
Again, when you look at mock drafts, and that is what this is in just a different presentation, I always look at positions first and then names second.
A first round receiver is not something I am a fan of, but Moore is a top flight prospect with athleticism and high end production, so he fits what you would want in a first round receiver if you are taking one.
On day two, the name Cardinals fans have begun to fall in love with in Kyle Lauletta. Lauletta doesn’t have the arm of the early guys, but he seems to be a smart, cerebral type of passer with a nice feel for the game.
He could be a Chad Pennington type, which is a nice get on day two.
On day three, Meeks is a prototype Wilks cornerback. Big, physical, questions if he’ll need to move to safety, but a guy who can be schemed to succeed and wowed with his athleticism at the combine.
What would you think of this three day haul?