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Mel Kiper Jr. 2021 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 has Arizona Cardinals getting a new cornerback

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Happy Friday one and all.

We will be mock draft heavy today, but anytime the Godfather of the draft community makes a mock draft, it is news.

Mel Kiper Jr. dropped his second mock of the 2021 NFL Draft season and has the Arizona Cardinals taking a cornerback.

Check it out on E$PN:

16. Arizona Cardinals

Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

With longtime star Patrick Peterson likely gone in free agency, corner is a clear void for the Cardinals, who struggled down the stretch last season after starting 5-2. Their defense should get a boost with the return of pass-rusher Chandler Jones from injury, but they need more talent in the secondary. Horn is not a ball hawk, but the instincts are there. He is around the ball more than the stat sheet shows — he had only two interceptions over three seasons at South Carolina. Offensive line and wide receiver are two other positions Arizona could look toward.

Kiper’s mock was trade heavy, so if you have ESPN+ check it out, but here were the first 15 picks, without revealing all the trade goodies.

  1. Trevor Lawrence
  2. Zach Wilson
  3. DeVonta Smith
  4. Kyle Pitts
  5. Penei Sewell
  6. Ja’Marr Chase
  7. Justin Fields
  8. Mac Jones
  9. Trey Lance
  10. Patrick Surtain II
  11. Jaylen Waddle
  12. Micah Parsons
  13. Rashawn Slater
  14. Alijah Vera-Tucker
  15. Caleb Farley