We have talked quite a bit about the Arizona Cardinals moving back in round one and maybe recouping a pick or two they have traded away the past couple of offseasons.
Now, mainstream draft analyst are getting into the fun, as Todd McShay of ESPN drops another 2021 NFL Mock Draft, this time with trades and two rounds of fun.
For the Cardinals, what do you think?
Trade: Dolphins make yet another first-round move
With this deal, every NFC West team will have made a first-round trade, and the Dolphins will have made four moves in all involving 2021 first-round picks. But when you have four picks in the first two rounds, you can afford to hop around a bit if there’s a player you’re enamored with. The Dolphins move from No. 18 to No. 16, and the Cardinals walk away with more draft capital. I’d say it could return a third-rounder (No. 81) or perhaps something like a fifth-rounder (No. 156) and a 2022 fourth-rounder for Arizona.
If the Dolphins offer 18 and 81 then this is a no-brainer for the Arizona Cardinals. I don’t see that happening, but what if they offer a fifth this year and a fourth next year? Is that worth a move down two spots for the Cardinals?
18. Arizona Cardinals (via mock trade with MIA)
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Patrick Peterson is off to Minnesota, both starting outside corners — Malcolm Butler and Robert Alford — signed one-year deals and Byron Murphy Jr. is mainly a nickelback. Farley had a back procedure at the end of March, and though it isn’t expected to impact his training camp availability, it’s a concern. Still, he is the best cover corner in the class and fits what the Cardinals are looking for on the outside.
Farley is a great player, but the back issue is a concern for me. So much that I wouldn’t have him draftable in round one. If you flip this for Greg Newsome II, I think I am head over heels. Farley is fantastic, but man that is a risk.
49. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Arizona has DeAndre Hopkins for a while, but A.J. Green and Christian Kirk will play 2021 on expiring contracts. Moore is an explosive slot receiver who makes guys miss with his speed, and he showed what he can do with a full season in 2018, when he went for 1,258 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns.
Moore is a great player as well, but he is 5-7. Can the Cardinals afford to lay their fate on a back injury and an undersized projection?
This is a tough mock because I like both players, but they leave a lot of questions.