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Arizona Cardinals sit with the 23rd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports

What a difference a year makes.

After finishing 5-10-1 in 2019 and having the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals have already met their win total from Kliff Kingsbury’s first season as a head coach.

That means at 5-2 the Cardinals sit in the middle of the NFC playoff picture and not in the middle of a the top ten in the NFL Draft.

It has been since 2015 where the Cardinals were above .500, now they sit three games above .500 with a chance to make some noise in the NFC.

Check out the 2021 NFL Draft order as it sits today.

  1. New York Jets (0-8)
  2. New York Giants (1-7)
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)
  4. Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans (1-6)
  5. Dallas Cowboys (2-6)
  6. Atlanta Falcons (2-6)
  7. Washington Football Team (2-5)
  8. Los Angeles Chargers (2-5)
  9. New England Patriots (2-5)
  10. Minnesota Vikings (2-5)
  11. Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1)
  12. Carolina Panthers (3-5)
  13. Detroit Lions (3-4)
  14. Denver Broncos (3-4)
  15. San Francisco 49ers (4-4)
  16. Miami Dolphins (4-3)
  17. Las Vegas Raiders (4-3)
  18. Chicago Bears (5-3)

Remember, they added a playoff team in each division, meaning that the top 18 teams make up the non-playoff teams and then the rest of the draft order will be figured out.

For the Cardinals, record and strength of schedule wise they sit with the 23rd pick, which would be the highest they have picked since 2015 as well.

Let’s hope those numbers flip around and they end up picking 32nd.