The 2019 NFL Draft is a little over a month away and there really isn’t any clarity as to who the Arizona Cardinals will take with the no. 1 overall pick.
Despite the growing consensus saying the Cardinals will select Kyler Murray, Steve Keim did a good job convincing most people that taking a quarterback with their first round pick is a possibility.
But we can limit the choices down to three prospects. Either Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, Ohio State DE Nick Bosa, or Alabama DT Quinnen Williams will be the first pick. Unless they decide to trade down, one of those players will be a Cardinal.
After that, the Cardinals also own the first pick on day two of the draft. The possibilities for that pick are endless.
The Cardinals still need defensive line help even after the addition of Darius Philon in free agency. If they select Quinnen Williams in the first round, I wouldn’t expect another defensive linemen to be selected at no. 33.
There is a big need at the wide receiver position. A.J. Brown, Parris Campbell, N’Keal Harry, and Deebo Samuel could be the targets with that pick. All of them have played on the outside. If the Cardinals take a receiver with that pick, this will allow Christian Kirk to return to his natural position in the slot. Whether or not Kevin White is part of their future plans beyond 2019 is still up in the air.
Even with the additions of J.R. Sweezy and Marcus Gilbert, they are only short-term answers. The Cardinals have already expressed interest in Boston College OG Chris Lindstrom and Texas A&M G/C Erik McCoy. They are two of the few standout players in a thin interior offensive linemen class. If the Cardinals want another swiss-army knife prospect to replace John Wetzel, Kansas State’s Dalton Risner would be their guy.
How about addressing the cornerback position? Robert Alford will turn 31 in November and we still don’t know if he’ll be any good. But what we do know is that there is a need for a slot cornerback and the draft is loaded in that position. Cardinals love versatility and a player like Florida’s Chauncey Gardner-Johnson would make a lot of sense. He played both slot cornerback and safety.
DeAndre Baker apparently did not do well in his interviews and his stock will drop as a result. Keep in mind, he was the top cornerback in college football last season. Lonnie Johnson, Trayvon Mullen, and Amani Oruwariye are all big corners with speed that have had success in press-man coverage.
I can keep going on about the many players that the Cardinals could select with their second-round pick but the article would never end.
Who would you like to see them take with the no. 33 overall pick?