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The Athletic's 7-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft has the Arizona Cardinals going big up front

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We are winding down with our 2020 NFL Mock Drafts and they are getting exhaustive.

Both in redundancy and in length.

However, Dane Brugler of The Athletic dropped his fifth mock draft of the offseason and this one was seven-rounds.

That means there is plenty to discuss, let’s take a look at Dane Brugler’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft 5.0.

8. Arizona CardinalsDerrick Brown, DT, Auburn

There is a good chance this pick comes down to the trenches, either offensive or defensive line. And while I think upgrading the right tackle spot should be the priority, the Cardinals have been searching for that hog molly on the defensive line who can help reset the line of scrimmage.

72. Arizona Cardinals – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

114. Arizona Cardinals – Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington

131. Arizona Cardinals (from HOU) – Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa

202. Arizona Cardinals (from NE) – James Smith-Williams, Edge, NC State

222. Arizona Cardinals – Cam Brown, LB, Penn State

I’m always a fan when your first two picks will likely play less than 40% of the combined snaps in their rookie season.

The funny thing is, I like both players. Brown is a nice addition to the defensive line and should give the Cardinals immediate help in the run game.

He may be able to provide a pass rush as he develops some moves and counters outside of his bull rush, but players at his size don’t play a ton of snaps and don’t produce as pass rushers consistently. That being said, if you can tell me that Brown will be a Linval Joseph type in the middle (which I think is a good high end comparison for him) then I’ll manage my disappointment with using the eighth pick on that type of player.

Akers could be a phenom in the NFL. Rarely do you say that about a player that averaged five yards per carry in his college career, but Akers production is even more impressive when you watch how putrid Florida State was. Of course he’ll have a small role in 2020, but that’s not a big deal. Just don’t bring back Kenyan Drake.

Bryant is a player that could fit nicely with Kliff Kingsbury’s offense with his ability to catch and run as an H-Back.

The rest, well they are late day three types for a reason.

What would you grade this draft from Brugler?

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