2024 NFL Draft: Defensive Prospects to target - Round 1: Jer'Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

It's never too early to think about the stacked 2024 NFL draft for your Arizona Cardinals is it? (That's rhetorical)

Today, I wanted to post about perhaps the best defensive fit for Arizona - DT/DE Jer'Zhan Newton.

Here are some reasons why he fits well and would be a good pick (likely starting around pick 7 or 8 depending on where their own pick lands along with the Houston one):

  • He plays same position as what they desperately need - 3-4 DE. They've gotten some production from surprises like Dante Stills, but if you watch this team, they could use a playmaker here.
  • He has a high motor and he plays the run well.
  • Well rated on PFF (we all know this doesn't mean necessarily mean everything - but it's a good sign!)
  • He's a solid leader and team captain
  • Solid penetration and takes over games on a modeling team:
  • He's a high floor draft pick - much like Paris Johnson last year. Seems very bust proof.
What are your thoughts Cardinals fans? Should they draft Newton in Round 1?

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