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Arizona Cardinals have the ninth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft

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A week ago the Arizona Cardinals were picking 10th overall and we were wondering how far up the order they could move.

We rightly assumed they would lose to the 49ers, moving to 3-7-1, but we also warned you, even with losses they would still be higher than most.

It is two-fold.

  1. They have the stupid tie.
  2. They have a really strong strength of schedule and it works in the inverse in draft order. Harder SOS, lower down the draft order in the first round you are.

What does the top 14 look like?

Let’s take a look.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-10)
  2. Washington Redskins (1-9)
  3. New York Giants (2-8)
  4. Miami Dolphins (2-8)
  5. New York Jets (3-7)
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)
  7. Denver Broncos (3-7)
  8. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)
  9. Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)
  10. Detroit Lions (3-7-1)
  11. Los Angeles Chargers (4-7)
  12. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)
  13. Cleveland Browns (4-6)
  14. Oakland Raiders via Chicago Bears (4-6)

The Cardinals could find their way into maybe the top seven, but I don’t see much higher.

What does the ninth pick look like the last decade:

2010: Buffalo Bills - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
2011: Dallas Cowboys - Tyron Smith, OT, USC
2012: Carolina Panthers - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
2013: New York Jets - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
2014: Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
2015: New York Giants - Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (Fl.)
2016: Chicago Bears - Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
2017: Cincinnati Bengals - John Ross, WR, Washington
2018: San Francisco 49ers - Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
2019: Buffalo Bills - Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

It is not too bad: 17 Pro Bowls 8 All Pros 2012 Defensive RoY and 2013 Defensive PoY

Of course, that is only Spiller, Smith, Kuechly and Barr.