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Arizona Cardinals trade up for cornerback Marco Wilson in 2021 NFL Draft

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals made their first move of the 2021 NFL Draft, trading up to the bottom of the fourth round and selecting the first cornerback of the draft.

With the 31st pick in the fourth round the Arizona Cardinals selected cornerback Marco Wilson from Florida.

NFL.com’s profile on Wilson.

“Ingredients like size, speed, strength and athleticism are all present, but Wilson hasn’t been able to combine them and make a meal since early in his career. He clearly has the athletic talent and skill set to be a much better man defender than he showed in 2020. His size and strength are big advantages when it’s time to play the 50-50 balls, but he needs to do a more consistent job of crowding his targets and maintaining his positioning through the rep. There are times when the coverage pursuit simply looks too lackadaisical and not consistently competitive from game to game. Wilson’s run-support effort needs a lot of work, as teams will find and exploit it if he is on the field. He has the traits and athleticism of a Day 2 starter, but with the tape of a Day 3 backup with inside/outside versatility.”

If the Cardinals can get the talent out of Wilson, this will be a nice find on day three for the Cardinals.