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Mel Kiper’s 3-Round 2019 NFL Mock Draft has the Arizona Cardinals overhauling their offense

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As the mock draft season rolls along, Todd McShay gave us his “Grade A Mock” yesterday. How would he draft to get the Arizona Cardinals an “A” grade in the 2019 NFL Draft?

Well, today Mel Kiper, the senior voice over at E$PN In$ider has done the same thing, let’s take a look.

Round 1 (1): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Round 2 (33): Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Round 3 (65): Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

Are the Cardinals really going to take a first-round quarterback two years in a row?I think it’s going to happen. The reason I’d lean toward Murray if I was the GM of this team: The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner gives new coach Kliff Kingsbury a fresh start with his guy. Kingsbury knows Murray and knows the former OU star can run his offense. He’d have to tailor his Air Raid offense to fit Josh Rosen’s strengths. I have Murray just behind Dwayne Haskins on my Big Board, but it’s close.

One reason why it was extremely tough to evaluate Rosen’s rookie year was the poor offensive line play, so let’s get Murray some help in his former teammate Ford, who could play guard or tackle. Arizona has tried to upgrade its line this offseason, adding Marcus Gilbert and J.R. Sweezy, and Ford could play immediately. Ridley isn’t as polished as his brother, Calvin, who went in Round 1 last year, but he has some upside, and the Cardinals need to think about life after Larry Fitzgerald.

When you look at creating an ideal draft scenario, getting a talented and starting caliber linemen in round two and a good wide receiver in round three would be quite a haul.

It would be a follow up to last year, but it would also make sense with how the Arizona Cardinals have invested all offseason in improving their defense, with minor moves, both on the offensive line and at wide receiver, on offense.

Kiper’s picks make sense, if the Cardinals are to go the way of Kyler Murray, but we’ll see how it plays out.