The loudest cries for the Arizona Cardinals 2019 offseason have been their lack of emphasis along the offensive line.
Thank goodness a rebuild is not a single offseason proposition.
Enter the start of the 2020 NFL Mock Drafts.
Rotoworld’s Thor Nystrom took a stab at the first mock draft of the 2020 season and, using Mike Clay’s 2019 win predictions, has the Arizona Cardinals picking ninth.
With the ninth pick, Arizona Cardinals fans rejoice:
9. Cardinals - Stanford OT Walker Little
What Little has done in college is show great promise as a pass-blocker -- even as his run-blocking left Bryce Love a bit cold last fall. Little posted a decent-but-not-great 70.2 overall PFF grade last season. But that was with a strong 84.7 pass-blocking grade lifting up poor work in the running game. In pass pro, Little was lit up by Notre Dame and struggled against Oregon, but was otherwise close to flawless...
He needs to keep bulking up and working on his core strength, but the pass-pro chops alone make him extremely appealing to the NFL. And to Kliff Kingsbury and his beleaguered offensive line in particular
Little would be a welcomed addition to the Arizona Cardinals, whether it is at left tackle replacing former first round pick D.J. Humphries, or replacing Marcus Gilbert to give the Cardinals two bookends along the line under 28 years old.
Either way, it would be a nice add for the Cardinals, position wise.