With just three short days until the 2022 NFL Draft the mocks will be flying.
This one gave the Arizona Cardinals a much needed addition at pass rusher.
From Peter King:
23. Arizona Cardinals: Jermaine Johnson, edge, Florida State
I think the Cards would love to get another weapon for Kyler Murray, and if I were GM Steve Keim I’d define that weapon differently. I’d be looking just as fervently at the offensive line that put Murray under so much pressure last season; fixing his protection is as important as getting him a home-run threat—especially when there are no more home-run threats left now the way I mock it.
So why Johnson here? Because of the big need to find a pass-rusher two years after the departure of Haason Reddick and a month after the loss of Chandler Jones. I understand the pick, but I’d probably pick Zion Johnson instead.
With six receivers off the board, the Cardinals have to pick a Johnson... Pass rusher Jermaine or guard Zion.
King has the Cardinals taking the pass rusher and replacing Chandler Jones.
Here is what King says about Johnson, who has going at 25:
In five college seasons—two years at Davidson, one at BC after transferring—Johnson started 49 games. Give me a guy with 36 starts at guard and 13 at left tackle (in the ACC). Give me a guy who was a two-year captain after transferring. Give me a guy who never missed a game in five college seasons due to injury (58 games played in all). He’s a likely interior lineman, which lessens his value slightly. But his intelligence, football acumen and experience gives NFL GMs confidence Johnson can be a starter in 2022.
I think this would be a great problem to have for the Arizona Cardinals.
What would you do?