What the Arizona Cardinals do with their first two picks is more vital than normal.
After the 49th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cardinals will wait until pick 160 to make their next selection.
Obviously a trade can change things, but as it stands, the Cardinals need to hit on the position and players with their first two picks.
NFL.com listed the ideal first two picks for each team, and for the Cardinals it would not be too bad.
Round 1: No. 16 overall — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Round 2: No. 49 overall — Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
Arizona might have interest in Caleb Farley from Virginia Tech, but if his back procedure gives them pause, then Newsome becomes the pick. He can play outside or in the slot, and has the ball skills to make quarterbacks pay for poor decisions. Picking up an explosive playmaker like Moore in the second round brings much-needed competition to the No. 3 receiver position.
I would be fine with this draft. I have talked quite a bit about Newsome and when it is all said and done I will have Newsome as the second cornerback in this class.
Meaning, Newsome would be an optimal pick.
Moore is interesting because he is a clear slot receiver, and you are now putting pressure on Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella to take the next step or get out of the way.
What would you think if this was the Cardinals first two picks?