As the Arizona Cardinals and the rest of the NFL prepare for the opening of the NFL free agency period we also are preparing in the background for the 2020 NFL Draft.
While we know that free agency will dictate moves in the draft and not vice versa, especially picking in the eight spot, it is interesting to see who the Arizona Cardinals have visited with so far in the draft process.
First, let’s take a look at who they’ve met with on the offensive side of the ball.
Jordan Love, Utah State - Senior Bowl
Zack Moss, Utah - Combine and private workout to come
Eno Benjamin, Arizona State - Combine
Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State - Senior Bowl
Quartney Davis, Texas A&M - Senior Bowl
Jerry Jeudy, Alabama - Combine
CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma - Combine
Henry Ruggs III, Alabama - Combine
Joe Reed, Virginia - Shrine Game
Nick Westbrook, Indiana - Shrine Game
Mekhi Becton, Louisville - Combine
Andrew Thomas, Georgia - Combine
Jedrick Wills, Alabama - Combine
Tristan Wirfs, Iowa - Combine
Kevin Dotson, Louisiana-Lafayette - Shrine Game
Jack Driscoll, Auburn - Shrine Game
Ben Ellefson, North Dakota State - Shrine Game
It seems clear by the sheer numbers that the Cardinals focus in the early in the 2020 NFL Draft will be to finish off what they started last year in overhauling the offense.
The Cardinals have met with seven wide receivers, they’ve met with seven defensive prospects through the process thus far.
I think, again hypothesizing that this means we’ll see a focus on the defense in free agency, freeing up the team to use their early picks on the best possible fit.
Knowing that the strength of this draft lies in the offensive line, wide receiver and running back classes and not making defense a must draft.
If the right prospects fall early, Isaiah Simmons or Jeffrey Okudah then it changes, but for now it looks like the Arizona Cardinals know that’s unlikely. They want to be prepared to make the best pick at eight and 40 on either side of the ball, but it seems like they feel the best prospects available could be on offense.