With the Arizona Cardinals picking 16th in the 2021 NFL Draft it has been interesting to see the lack of variety in mock drafts.
Much of that is due to the fact they still have a glaring need at cornerback, so that’s been an easy pick to make for most draft analysts.
Former GM of the New York Jets Mike Tannenbaum posted a mock draft for ESPN that looked at what a former GM would do.
16. Arizona Cardinals
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
This one is pretty simple. The Cardinals need a cornerback badly, especially now that Patrick Peterson is off to Minnesota. And Horn is a tough press corner who would step right into a big role. Also keep an eye on linemen on the board, as guys such as Rashawn Slater and Alijah Vera-Tucker would help that Arizona interior.
One thing to know: Horn allowed a completion percentage of 31% as the targeted defender in coverage in 2020, second best in the SEC and tied for eighth among Power 5 defenders.
Again, not a surprise. Horn is the most often mocked player to the Cardinals in the 2021 draft cycle, but it seems almost impossible to see him making it to 16 at this point.
Every team from Carolina to Minnesota needs help at cornerback as well, and with only Patrick Surtain going in that range as well, it just doesn’t seem like Horn makes it to 16.
What do you think?