Much has been made of the 2019 NFL Draft, with 16 days, we are on the home stretch to get this whole process over with.
In between though, we will get roughly 10,000 more mock drafts and scenarios that will play out over the next two weeks.
Including the big names, like Todd McShay.
McShay dropped his yearly “Grade A Mock Draft” today, meaning the picks that will get each team and “A” grade for them coming out of the draft.
Here is what he has for the Arizona Cardinals three-rounds:
Round 1 (1): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Round 2 (33): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Round 3 (65): Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma
In this scenario, the Cardinals are able to ship Josh Rosen off before the draft and go all-in on Murray’s elite athleticism running Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. A Murray-David Johnson duo would be pretty explosive for Arizona. Plopping the 342-pound Lawrence in the middle of a front seven that already features Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs is a pretty good way to kick off Round 2, and getting the reliable Samia in the third round provides some protection for Murray. After all, we have to protect our 5-foot-10 quarterback whom we just spent the No. 1 overall pick on, right?
When you look at this haul for the Arizona Cardinals I think most will agree this is a good thing.
Even if you are on the anti-Murray bandwagon, the Cardinals are able to add players along both lines on day two that will help in the immediate and the long term, something they have failed to address over the last several years.
Lawrence would get to work into what is now a nice defensive line rotation, with Corey Peters, Darius Philon and Rodney Gunter.
Samia will push J.R. Sweezy and Justin Pugh at guard, has tackle versatility and can likely win a spot sooner rather than later.
Getting Lawrence and Samia on day two would be a nice mix of talent meeting need for the Cardinals and make this draft a good one for the Cardinals.