However, when SB Nation asked us to do a Re-Draft for 2017, Baker went in round one to the Denver Broncos and that meant the Arizona Cardinals would now have to find another player in round two.
It was one of the more interesting decisions to make, playing GM with the knowledge of who the team was in 2017 but also how good the players are at this point.
Round two doesn’t boast the same Pro Bowl level talent as the Cardinals were able to snag in round one with Alvin Kamara, but the Cardinals had a glaring weakness in 2017 with some key departures in free agency.
That meant in round two I needed to make a decision on either the offensive line or defensive line.
It came down to two players, either Garrett Bolles, who has been up and down in his young career with the Broncos or Dalvin Tomlinson who has been steady and solid with the Giants.
The problem with Bolles is simply he doesn’t have a fit in Arizona after 2017 and DJ Humphries injury unless you move him to the right side. I don’t think moving Hump back to right tackle is an option to anyone.
So, I passed on Bolles and instead took one of the more dominant interior defensive linemen in the NFL.
Tomlinson is not a pass rusher, no one expects him to be, however he is a strong 60% snap guy who can anchor like few in the NFL. He would give the Cardinals a young guy to play off of Corey Peters, Olsen Pierre and Frostee Rucker. He’d fit nicely into the rotation and would also make life easier for a steadily declining Deone Bucannon.
So in 2017 the Arizona Cardinals have Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Tomlinson… Does that make the team better, worse or the same?