We are a few days away from the 2018 NFL draft. We've watched film, mock drafted, analyzed stats and combine results and debated the prospects, particularly the QB's, til a big red rooster came home.
Now it's time to go on the record and let us all know who you want the Cardinals to draft this year. Let us know who do you want wearing red next year.
Also let us know who that guy is that you are praying Steve Keim doesn't draft. Who's the guy that would make you scream if you hear his name called for the Cards on draft night.
This thread isn't meant to debate someone else's choices. We've done that enough over the last few months. Please refrain from criticizing someone else's preferences. There are no right or wrong answers here, just your opinions on who you want the Cards to select.
It's easy to say you always wanted the players selected the day after it happens, but are you brave enough to call you shots on the record before the draft begins?
Here's mine. I'm including players I reasonably expect to be available hence why I'm leaving players like Quenton Nelson and Bradley Chubb off my list.
Round 1: Players I want
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. Lamar is the QB for me this year. I wanted Mahomes last year and think he is better than any of the QB prospects this year. But the Cards missed out on him last year and still need a young signal caller badly. So I'll take Lamar this year. I've said before that I want to be entertained when I watch football and Lamar is the most entertaining by far.
Since the Cards hate me and never take who I want them to take, it's almost guaranteed that they won't select Lamar. So who are my back up plans?
Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa. A CB opposite Pat P is probably the biggest need on the team. Jackson fills that need without reaching.
Billy Price, C, Ohio St. The Cards need help at the pivot. Price can fill that spot for the next 10 years. The pec tear he suffered at the Combine will set him back some this year but I'm not drafting for this year anyway.
Will Hernandez, G, Texas-El Paso or Isiah Wynn, G, Georgia. This is the best interior OL class we've seen in a while. And Keim likes to draft OL. Either is these guys can take over for Iupati going forward.
Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan. If his medicals check out. He's a penetrating nightmare. He's what we all want Bob to be only a tad undersized.
Round 1: Who would make me scream
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. I understand his measurables but he's just not good at playing football.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama. He may be WR1 in this draft but he's not a WR1. Better value later in the draft for this position.
Round 2: Players I want
Austin Corbett, G, Nevada or Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas. Keeping with the best interior OL class theme, either of these 2 will work just fine for me if Keim chooses not to address the position in the 1st. My type of OL. Snarly toothed grapplers that want to hurt someone.
Dante Pettis, WR, Washington or DJ Chark, WR, LSU. Here is where the WR value starts. Roll one of these guys out there with Fitz and Chad Willaims and the WR room goes from a weakness to a strength.
Isiah Oliver, CB, Colorado, Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida, Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn. I think there is going to be a run on CB's late in the first or early 2nd. If one of these guys makes it to 2.15, I'd be cool with it.
Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers. EDGE depth is needed. Turay is a bit of an under the radar guy who was buried at Rutgers at times. Not sure why but he's good when he played
Round 2: Who would make me scream
Not sure I have an absolute don not want here in the 2nd round. A RB would make me scratch my head. I think Rudolph and Lauletta are backup/spot starter types that should be 3rd round picks but I could be talked into them in the 2nd.
Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma. He's probably the closest I have to a do not want. Weight issues for a big man are not easy. He could eat his way out of the league in a year or 2.
Round 3: Who I want
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia or Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa. Switching to a 4-3, Reddick and Bucannon will the strong and weak side LB positions. They need more than just Bynes in the middle. Both of these guys can fill that role.
Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma. TE is a need. Andrews overs a reliable, if not overlay athletic target.
James Washington, WR, OK St. Not the biggest of the fastest WR out there, but I see a little Q in him.
Well there's my list. Who's gonna go on the record with me? Don't be that Sunday morning GM claiming you called your shot after the fact. There won't be any cheerleaders for that guy.