The Arizona Cardinals are recreating their roster in the image of their new head coach, and in doing so will be looking to beef up key positions.
One of the most important aspects of Kliff Kingsbury’s offense and the key to the transition is having four wide receivers on the field who can actually be weapons in the offense.
This is not a two or even three wide receiver set offense. The basis of the Air Raid is being able to utilize four wide receivers on the field at any time.
However, there are only two wide receivers the Arizona Cardinals have right now who can be counted on.
If the Cardinals are going to give Kingsbury the keys to the car, they’re going to have to make sure he has four tires on it to drive.
Barring a trade back or trade of Josh Rosen, it is unlikely we see the Cardinals take a wide receiver on day one.
However, we can expect at least one coming out of this draft, so let’s break it into two groups and start with a look at six receivers who the Arizona Cardinals could call on day two of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Marquise Brown, Oklahoma - The undersized speedster would give the Cardinals the deep threat opposite Christian Kirk, but also give them maybe the most dynamic player with the ball in his hands in the draft. Brown can work inside as a slot receiver with RAC ability, or on the outside as a field stretcher. No matter where he lines up, you have to know where he is at all times.
N’Keal Harry, Arizona State - Could Harry literally be the heir apparent to Larry Fitzgerald? Harry can play inside as a big slot in the raid, or be a back shoulder beast on the outside, giving the Cardinals another versatile type of wide receiver in this draft.
Parris Campbell, Ohio State - Campbell is a souped up slot player who can grow into a more complete threat, but would give the Arizona Cardinals quite the dueling threats in the slot. Single cover Campbell and good luck keeping up with his elite speed and explosiveness with the ball in his hands. Want to bracket Campbell? Fitzgerald will have roughly 150 catches on the season.
Those are three player in play at 33, but what happens if the Cardinals wait until 65? Who could be some players in that range?
Andy Isabella, UMass - Isabella could be off the board well before 65, he is one of the most complete wide receivers in this draft, with the lone question being about his ability to work as a hands catcher instead of someone who uses his body quite a bit to catch. However, Isabella can play inside or out, gives the Cardinals another dynamic player with the ball in his hands.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford - JJAW is a massive, 6-2 225lbs, jump ball specialist who was limited by his quarterback while at Stanford. Yet, he was clearly underutilized and never got to show off his 4.49 speed while at Stanford. However, he is the type who could be a great outside target, with jump ball and back shoulder wins early, that could become the type of all around wide receiver who makes you wonder how he fell to 65.
Emanuel Hall, Missouri - No wide receiver took advantage of the 2019 NFL Combine more than Hall, who measured in at 6-3 200lbs, then went on to run a sub 4.4 forty and jump almost literally out of the building. Hall would be a pure “X” in Kingsbury’s system, similar to JJAW, but in a different way. With Hall, you have the most explosive big athlete outside in the draft and someone who opens up the field for Fitz and Kirk on every play.