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Cardinals’ Pick #33 Should Be the “Hot Spot” of the 2019 NFL Draft

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In an interview during yesterday’s Combine, Kyle Crabbs of the Draft Network said that the top 110 prospects in this year’s draft are sure-fire Day 1 and 2 picks—-after that, he says, he is having a very difficult time slotting the remaining 146.

With as deep a draft as this is for defensive linemen—-as was on dazzling display yesterday, there are bound to be several 1st round talents available when the Cardinals are on the clock at #33.

Without question, the Cardinals are in a prime position to trade the pick. There should be some very enticing offers. Obviously, the Cardinals will not want to move down too far into Round 2, but the chances are pretty strong that by moving down they could add another 3rd round pick, to make it 5 total picks in the wheelhouse (Top 110 picks) of this draft.

The Cardinals’ current first 4 picks are at #1, #33, #65 and #103.

The problem for the Cardinals with moving down is that there could be a blue chip player sitting atop the board at #33. In looking at today’s CBS Mock Draft, here are some of the players who would be available to the Cardinals if the CBS Mock is fairly accurate:

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi St.

Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa

Chase Winovich, OLB/DE, Michigan

Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas

Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio St.

Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Khlaen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois

Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

Elgton Jenkins, C/G, Mississippi St.

Greg Little, T, Auburn

Dalton Risner, T/G, Kansas St.

Yodny Cajuste, T, West Virginia

Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa St.

Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

As you can see, there are a number of excellent players on this list, which could allow the Cardinals the comfort of being able to move down from #33 and still be able to select one of their highest rated players on their board.

But—-is there a player on this list whom you feel the Cardinals should absolutely stay put and take at #33?

Of course, much should depend on what areas the Cardinals address in free agency.

But, in terms of talent and immediate value, here are the 5 players on this list who appeal the most to me:

Zach Allen, DE, Boston College. He is made to order as a 34 DE in the Cardinals’ defense, who can then rush the passer from the edge or the inside. He has slipped some because he didn’t have as good a week at the Senior Bowl, but he has been trying to rebound from a sprained knee since the last game of the regular season. If you watch Allen, he has a non-stop, relentless motor and at times he is dominant, as he is always around ball.

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson. Classic space eater with rare athleticism for a player his size, who actually has some interior pass rushing ability. He has slipped because of the PED suspension.

Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College. Tony Pauline, of the Draft Analyst, says Lindstrom reminds him in some ways of former BC and NY Giants’ All-Pro G Chris Snee. Snee had a fabulous 10 year career in New York and helped the Giants win the 2011 Super Bowl over the Patriots. That is high praise.

Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa St. He is one of the rare 6’5” WRs who can win matchups from the slot and the perimeter. He has big hands and is a RAC machine with 4.4 speed.

Any Isabella, WR, Massachusetts. Up to this point, Isabella has been considered a 3rd round pick. But, after his superb performance at the Senior Bowl and then after running a blistering 4.31 40 at the Combine, it would’t be surprising to see the Patriots take him at #32. Slot WRs are quickly becoming hot commodities in the NFL.

It would be tough to have to pick one of these players.

What would you like to see the Cardinals do at #33? What would you do?