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CBS Top 250: Players Where Cardinals Pick

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https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/news/nfl-draft-2020-prospect-rankings-top-250-sees-joe-burrow-rise-as-chase-young-remains-no-1-overall/

CBS does a very good job, imo, with their draft prospect rankings.

What’s always fascinating to me is to see which players pop up at the exact spots where the Cardinals are picking.

Using Draftek’s 7 round mock with compensatory picks included, the Cardinals are drafting at #8, #40, #72, #114, #202, #222.

  • Here are the prospects rated by CBS at those numbers:

8. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

40. Julian Okwara, Edge, Notre Dame

72. Cesar Ruiz, OL, Michigan

114. John Simpson, OL, Clemson

202. Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA

223. Isaiah Wright, WR, Temple

  • Interestingly, here are the players ranked 1 spot behind:

9. Jedrick Wills, T, Alabama

41. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

73. Jaylon Jackson, CB, Utah

115. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

203. Josh Metellus, S, Michigan

224. James Smith-Williams, Edge, N.C. St.

  • Then, if the Cardinals trade down from #8 with the Colts to pick up their #13, #75 and #193 picks, they can add:

13. Tristan Wirfs, T, Iowa

75. Thadeus Moss, TE, LSU

193. Robert Landers, DT, Ohio St.

Thus, if you could be the Cardinals’ GM and pick form the players listed here, what would be your plan?

My plan would be (check out these videos):

8. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

Quick twitch, velcro handed playmaker. I would take him over Julian Okwara because we need to add speed to the defense, plus Okwara is coming off a so-so season which ended with a broken leg.

40. Patrick Queen, LB, LSU

Speedy, versatile and productive. I would take him over Julian Okwara because we need to add speed to the defense, plus Okwara is coming off a so-so season which ended with a broken leg.

72. Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah

Plays with excellent leverage and athleticism. While I like C Cesar Ruiz, I just can’t fathom taking another center 4 of the last 5 drafts. It’s time for Cole and Gaiilard to step up.

114. Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma

If he’s actually still on the board at #144, what an absolute K-Raid fit selection. G John Simpson would be a good choice here, but I like 5-6 Day 3 OL better.

202. Joshua Kelley, RB, UCLA

Tough and aggressive. Thrived for last two years in Chip Kelly’s offense.

223. Isaiah Wright, WR/RB/PR, Temple

Has Laviska Shenault type versatility and playmaking ability, although Shenault is more explosive. Wright has an array of shake and bake moves.

What could be fun for your to do—-and for us to read—-is click on the CBS Sports player rankings list above and create your own mock draft base on what players would be available at each pick.

I will do that myself, but first I wanted to get this thread posted.