Now that Pro Football Focus has dropped a new 2020 NFL Mock Draft with three rounds, it is interesting to see how the analytics site that we know the Cardinals use plays out the Cardinals 2020 NFL Draft.
Let’s take a look.
8. ARIZONA CARDINALS — OT TRISTAN WIRFS, IOWA
Freakishly athletic and freakishly productive is a good combination to have when projecting to the NFL. The Cardinals’ 74 wide screens last year were 21 more than the next closest team. Wirfs’ ability to get out in front of those is a big value add.
72. ARIZONA CARDINALS — TE/WR CHASE CLAYPOOL
I don’t know if he’s a tight end or receiver at 238 pounds, but Claypool is perfect to work the seams in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. He’s not much of a separator, but his body control led to 13 scores and 14 broken tackles on only 66 catches last year.
Talk about a draft of projection.
While most agree that all draft picks are projections, Wirfs and Claypool are two of the most athletically gifted players in the 2020 NFL Draft, but many have concerns about Wirfs ability to stay at right tackle and Claypool is an unknown of what position he would even play.
With the way this draft played out, Wirfs at eight is fine but at 72 I think the names would be slightly different. Check out the names drafted right after Claypool:
- J.K. Dobbins
- Troy Dye
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire
- Cam Akers
- Malik Harrison
- Curtis Weaver
Again, this is not to say Claypool is not a talent, but the uncertainty of his position, the available talent at positions of need in the next year or two and the overall availability of those players makes the Claypool pick an interesting one.
With the way this draft falls, who would you take at eight and 72?