That’s why the early 2020 NFL Mock Drafts are the most enjoyable, especially when you go back and look.
Daniel Jeremiah dropped his first 2020 NFL Mock Draft of the year and has the Arizona Cardinals beefing up the offensive line.
8. Tristan Wirfs, OG, Iowa
School: Iowa | Year: Junior
The Cardinals need to protect their investment in Kyler Murray. Some believe Wirfs will stay at tackle in the NFL, but I see him as an All-Pro-caliber guard at the next level.
Interesting to see Jeremiah list Wirfs as a guard, but more interesting that he would have the Cardinals take a guard at eight when they arguably are strongest currently at the guard position.
Wirfs is a talent on the edge, if a team were to move him to guard I think that would be a mistake, he seems like a natural fit at right tackle.
If teams are truly looking at Wirfs as a guard, I have no reason not to believe Jeremiah, then I don’t think Wirfs is the answer in 2020.
It would be incredibly ironic if the Cardinals took an offensive linemen in the first round and than he sat. Which is likely if Steve Keim can re-sign D.J. Humphries and A.Q. Shipley as he would like too.
I am a big advocate to bring in an offensive lineman this draft, either in round two or three because I think having a plan is something that has been missing from the Cardinals drafts. However, I don’t think using your first round pick when you are a five win team is the best use of assets.
If the Cardinals cannot bring back Hump and Ship, then that is obviously another story.
Finally on Wirfs, if they don’t get Humphries back, then in Jeremiah’s draft, not taking a guy who he sees as a left tackle is absurd.
Jeremiah has the first seven picks going.
- Joe Burrow - Cin
- Chase Young - Was
- Jeff Okudah - Det
- Mekhi Becton - NYG
- Tua Tagovailoa - Mia
- Jedrick Willis - LAC
- Derrick Browns - Car
That means Andrew Thomas is on the board. Again, I am not arguing the use of a pick on Wirfs, but if you are advocating he’ll be a guard, then I can’t get on board with it at all.
If you are not bringing back Justin Murray, then again Wirfs is fine.
However, if you draft Wirfs to sit behind Justin Pugh and J.R. Sweezy, then I don’t understand it.