With the 2021 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror we are getting more and more looks at what each team did.
Draft steals are subjective, but when national outlets react, they are something worth taking a look at.
For the Arizona Cardinals, they were able to get one of the drafts 10 biggest steals according to E$PN.
Arizona Cardinals selecting CB Tay Gowan (UCF)
The pick: 223 (Round 6)
Gowan’s draft stock took a hit because of the sheer lack of tape. After transferring from Miami (Ohio), Gowan played one season at UCF before opting out in 2020.
In 2019, though, Gowan was one of the highest-graded corners in the country. That season, he allowed only 20 completions on 50 targets for 274 yards with two picks and seven pass breakups. And in man coverage, Gowan allowed only five completions on 12 targets for 71 yards on 107 coverage snaps. He has the kind of length and speed that can hold up on the outside in the NFL as well.
Gowan was one of my favorite potential day two corners, then he fell quite a bit and ended up available in round six.
This was an easy pick if you are the Cardinals, as Gowan offers an immediate ability in man-to-man coverage.
What do you think?