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Glimpse Ahead to the Cardinals’ 2024 Season Part IV Mock Draft Competition

What would a reasonable and encouraging off-season look like for the Arizona Cardinals? Come vote for your choices in a Cardinals Mock Draft Simulator Competition!

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Having laid out a number of off-season possibilities for the Arizona Cardinals throughout the first three articles of this series, now it’s time to consider what an encouraging off-season would be for the 2024 Arizona Cardinals. Here are some suggestions and an ROTB Mock Draft Simulator competition:

2024 Core:

  • QB Kyler Murray
  • RB James Conner
  • S Budda Baker

Headed for New Teams:

  • T D.J. Humphries
  • WR Marquise Brown
  • WR Zach Pascal
  • CB Marco Wilson

Cardinals Own UFAs to Keep

  • G Trystan Colon —- 26
  • LS Aaron Brewer —- 34
  • DT Kevin Strong Jr. —- 28
  • LB Krys Barnes —- 26
  • P Blake Gillikin —- 26

RFAs to Keep:

  • WR Greg Dortch
  • C Keith Ishmael
  • DE Jonathan Ledbetter

ERFAs to Keep

  • LB Jesse Luketa —- 25
  • T Carter O’Donnell —- 26
  • NT Naquan Jones —- 25

Outside UFAs to Sign:

2024 NFL Free Agent Rankings: Top 50 players set to enter free agency | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

Moore pushed for an early re-up on the four-year extension he signed in 2019, but his efforts were to no avail as the Colts worked to overhaul the roster and get younger in the secondary, in particular. Fortunately for Moore, he is earning a career-high 82.5 coverage grade along with a 71.3 run-defense grade — his sixth straight season going above 65.0.

At 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, Moore never backs down from a tackle opportunity, doing a good job as the force defender to keep ball carriers inside or running the alley to make the tackle himself when called upon — a key role in Gus Bradley’s Cover 3 defense.

Moore became just the 28th player in NFL history to record two pick-sixes in the same game with his outstanding Week 9 performance and can now look to capitalize on a strong season. However, it will be an uphill battle in a completely dormant slot cornerback market.

Top free agent comparison: Buster Skrine, 2019

Contract Projection: Two years, $13.5 million ($6.75 million per year), $8 million total guaranteed

44. C ANDRE JAMES, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

James clearly earned a lot of respect and trust from the previous Raiders regime, given that the team was willing to trade away franchise pillar Rodney Hudson to the Arizona Cardinals to have James supplant him at center.

The move has proven to be a smart one. James is patient and a clean fit in pass protection, able to mirror the shiftier interior pass-rushers and generally withstand power rushes, save for a few matchups with the true brute forces on the inside.

Top free agent comparison: Bradley Bozeman, 2023

Contract Projection: Three years, $24 million ($8 million per year), $13.33 million total guaranteed

Note: The coaches would slide Hjalte Froholdt over to LG and have Andre James start at center for the next three years.

  • Teair Tart (6-2, 304, TEN) —- $3M per yr
  • DT Grover Stewart (6-4, 314, IND) —- $2.6M per yr
  • WR Jalen Guyton (6-1, 212, LAC) —- $1.2M per yr.+ incentives
  • TE Harrison Bryant (6-5, 230, CLE) —- $1.2M per yr. + incentives

Cardinals’ 2024 Mock Draft:

Note/Hint: for the sake of context, take into consideration what the team needs are after Taking into account the free agent signings listed above.

2024 NFL Mock Draft Simulator | PFF

I logged on just this minute to the PFF Mock Draft Simulator and here were the top choices available at each pick for the Arizona Cardinals. Post your votes—->>> and if they match mine, you win:

I have saved my votes —- and will post them when someone wins.

Pick 3:

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Pick #3 —- Your Vote?

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  • 70%
    WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio St.
    (349 votes)
  • 4%
    T Olu Fashanu, Penn St.
    (24 votes)
  • 0%
    TE Brock Bowers, Georgia
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    ED laiatu Latu, UCLA
    (4 votes)
  • 4%
    T Joe Alt, Notre Dame
    (20 votes)
  • 19%
    Trade Down
    (98 votes)
497 votes total Vote Now

Pick #16:

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Pick #16: Your Vote?

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  • 43%
    CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Albama
    (197 votes)
  • 24%
    ED Jared Verse, Florida St.
    (110 votes)
  • 9%
    T Taliese Fuaga, Oregon St.
    (44 votes)
  • 11%
    T JC Latham, Alabama
    (53 votes)
  • 5%
    CB Cooper DeJean, Iowa
    (26 votes)
  • 6%
    WR Keon Coleman, Florida St.
    (28 votes)
458 votes total Vote Now

Pick #35:

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  • 7%
    QB. Michael Penix, Jr.
    (32 votes)
  • 19%
    CB Josh Newton, TCU
    (91 votes)
  • 7%
    ED Jonah Ellis, Utah
    (34 votes)
  • 27%
    T Troy Fautanu, Washington
    (126 votes)
  • 1%
    S Caleb Bullock, USC
    (7 votes)
  • 36%
    DT Kris Jenkins, Michigan
    (166 votes)
456 votes total Vote Now

Pick #67:

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  • 1%
    QB Carson Beck, Georgia
    (6 votes)
  • 17%
    C Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon
    (73 votes)
  • 18%
    RB Trey Benson, Florida St.
    (79 votes)
  • 3%
    FS Rod Moore, Michigan
    (13 votes)
  • 15%
    CB D.J. James, Auburn
    (66 votes)
  • 20%
    LB Jeremiah Trotter, Clemson
    (87 votes)
  • 11%
    T Kingsley Suamataia, BYU
    (48 votes)
  • 10%
    WR Johnny Wilson, Florida St.
    (44 votes)
416 votes total Vote Now

Pick #73:

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Pick #73: Your Vote?

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  • 6%
    QB Quinn Ewers, Texas
    (26 votes)
  • 9%
    LB Payton Wilson, North Carolina St.
    (39 votes)
  • 6%
    S Javon Bullard, Georgia
    (27 votes)
  • 7%
    CB Caelan Carson, Wake Forest
    (31 votes)
  • 32%
    DT McKinley Jackson, Texas A&M
    (132 votes)
  • 22%
    ED Jack Sawyer, Ohio St.
    (91 votes)
  • 14%
    G Christian Haynes, Connecticut
    (61 votes)
407 votes total Vote Now

Pick #80:

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Pick #80: Your Vote?

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  • 42%
    DT Byron Murphy II, Texas
    (157 votes)
  • 8%
    LB Marist Liufau, Notre Dame
    (30 votes)
  • 25%
    RB Donavan Edwards, Michigan
    (92 votes)
  • 18%
    DT Maason Smith, LSU
    (66 votes)
  • 5%
    S Tykee Smith, Georgia
    (21 votes)
366 votes total Vote Now

Pick #103:

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Pick #103: Your Vote

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  • 16%
    QB Jordan Travis, Florida St.
    (60 votes)
  • 7%
    RB Bucky Irving, Oregon
    (25 votes)
  • 7%
    RB Audric Estime, Notre Dame
    (26 votes)
  • 11%
    DT Nazir Stackhouse, Georgia
    (40 votes)
  • 3%
    T Matt Goncalves, Pittsburgh
    (13 votes)
  • 12%
    C Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
    (44 votes)
  • 25%
    G Zak Zinter, Michigan
    (91 votes)
  • 9%
    RB TreVeon Henderson, Ohio St.
    (34 votes)
  • 6%
    DT Michael Hall Jr., Ohio St.
    (24 votes)
357 votes total Vote Now

Pick #133:

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Pick #133: Your Vote?

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  • 17%
    AJ Barner, TE Michigan
    (60 votes)
  • 8%
    C Seth McLaughlin, Alabama
    (29 votes)
  • 14%
    RB Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
    (49 votes)
  • 8%
    T Jonah Monheim, USC
    (29 votes)
  • 25%
    CB Khyree Jackson, Oregon
    (86 votes)
  • 10%
    WR Jamari Thrash, Louisville
    (34 votes)
  • 14%
    C Drake Nugent, Michigan
    (47 votes)
334 votes total Vote Now

Pick #140:

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  • 6%
    DT Justin Rogers, Auburn
    (19 votes)
  • 9%
    CB Max Melton, Rutgers
    (28 votes)
  • 4%
    TE Theo Johnson, Penn St.
    (13 votes)
  • 27%
    G Donovan Jackson, Ohio St.
    (81 votes)
  • 4%
    TE Dallin Holker, Colorado St.
    (14 votes)
  • 7%
    S Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest
    (21 votes)
  • 10%
    ED Antwan Powell-Ryland, Virgina Tech
    (30 votes)
  • 30%
    G Cooper Beebe, Kansas St.
    (92 votes)
298 votes total Vote Now

Pick #165:

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  • 7%
    QB Joe Milton III, Tennessee
    (22 votes)
  • 6%
    T Marques Cox, Kentucky
    (20 votes)
  • 15%
    WR De’Corian Clark, UTSA
    (45 votes)
  • 26%
    TE Cade Stover, Ohio St.
    (75 votes)
  • 14%
    CB Andrew Mukuba, Clemson
    (43 votes)
  • 28%
    RB Frank Gore Jr., Southern Mississippi
    (82 votes)
287 votes total Vote Now

Pick #200:

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  • 23%
    LB Jaylan Ford, Texas
    (63 votes)
  • 4%
    RB Miyan Williams, Ohio St.
    (13 votes)
  • 6%
    QB Sam Hartman, Notre Dame
    (16 votes)
  • 30%
    S Malachi Moore, Alabama
    (81 votes)
  • 24%
    ED Darious Robinson, Missouri
    (64 votes)
  • 4%
    LD Darius Muasau, UCLA
    (12 votes)
  • 6%
    TE Trey Knox, South Carolina
    (16 votes)
265 votes total Vote Now

Pick #224:

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  • 11%
    WR Jordan Whittington, Texas
    (33 votes)
  • 18%
    WR Mario Williams, USC
    (56 votes)
  • 23%
    ED J.J. Weaver, Kentucky
    (71 votes)
  • 16%
    WR Jacob Cowing, Arizona
    (48 votes)
  • 10%
    S Aubrey Brooks, West Virginia
    (32 votes)
  • 7%
    LB Eugene Asante, Auburn
    (22 votes)
  • 12%
    T Julian Pearl, Illinois
    (36 votes)
298 votes total Vote Now

Pick #229:

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  • 8%
    ED Brian Ugwu, Miami (OH)
    (20 votes)
  • 6%
    LB Jontrey Hunter, Georgia St.
    (16 votes)
  • 14%
    S Josh Proctor, Ohio St.
    (36 votes)
  • 25%
    DT Tim Smith, Alabama
    (62 votes)
  • 7%
    LB Curtis Jacobs, Penn St.
    (18 votes)
  • 7%
    T Anthony Belton, North Carolina St.
    (18 votes)
  • 4%
    S Jalen Green, Mississippi St.
    (12 votes)
  • 6%
    WR Bryson Nesbit, North Carolina
    (15 votes)
  • 5%
    TE Brant Kuithe, Utah
    (14 votes)
  • 13%
    TE Erick All, Iowa
    (33 votes)
244 votes total Vote Now

It will be fascinating to see which players were the leading vote getters at each pick. I will post them after 200 votes have been registered.

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If the off-season turns out to be somewhat like was described and voted for here, would you be pleased?