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Arizona Cardinals 2020 Mock Draft 3.0

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By Alexander Mann April 10, 2020 0 Comment

The NFL Draft is ticking closer. It will be different than in previous years, but the excitement is tangible for the Arizona Cardinals and who they will pick.

The Arizona Cardinals are not alone in facing one of, if not the weirdest Draft in league history. Even the combining of teams during WWII seems more normal than what the league is facing in 2020. Each pick in this year’s draft will have the chance of being interrupted by a network failure or potential hack. But with less than two weeks to go before the draft, we put forth another mock draft for your reading pleasure.

We stick to our usual draft simulator, utilizing The Draft Network. Trades are enabled, so there may be some in this mock. We had to restart this mock the first time, as Jeff Okudah, Isaiah Simmons, and Chase Young we all somehow available. While it may be a fan mock, we strive for some realism.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

 

Round 1- Pick 8: Trade

The Atlanta Falcons come calling. I am tempted to give Kyler Murray a right tackle in Jedrick Wills here, but when Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff offer picks 16 and 47, Keim can’t refuse. The Falcons would take K’Lavon Chaisson, in the hopes that he can be more than what Vic Beasley was.

Round 1- Pick 16: Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama

The Cardinals had every intention of selecting a defensive player with this pick. Maybe a C.J. Henderson out of Florida to pair with Byron Murphy as the starting tandem of the future. But Kliff Kingsbury and Steve Keim cannot pass up the option to solidify their offensive line. Wills is an instant starter for the Cardinals at the right tackle position. The Cardinals will have invested first-round picks into both offensive tackle spots, and with Mason Cole getting every opportunity to be the starting center, the Cardinals are building a young unit to block for Murray for years to come.

Round 2- Pick 47: Marlon Davidson, DL, Auburn

Keim and Kingsbury understand what is at stake for the next 4 years with Murray. This is their window to make the playoffs on Murray’s rookie deal, and with that, they understand they need to hit on their picks. Marlon Davidson played next to first-round pick Derrick Brown. Davidson offers more pass-rushing than Brown does, especially after having played as an edge rusher often at Auburn. Moving Davidson inside is his projected fit at the next level, and the Cardinals have a window to develop a player there, as Zach Allen and Jordan Phillips are signed for several more seasons.

Round 3- Pick 72: Trade

Arizona decides another move down is needed. This time they call Vance Joseph‘s old team, the Denver Broncos. Arizona offers them picks 72 and 222, for 83 and their fifth-round pick 178. Denver would take Bryce Hall with this pick, a cornerback out of Virginia.

Round 3- Pick 83: Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Appalachian State

The Cardinals address one of the remaining holes on their roster. Arizona’s projected starters are Jordan Hicks and De’Vondre Campbell. Davis-Gaither is lighter weighing 224 at the combine, but a year of NFL strength and conditioning will bulk him up. He has upside in coverage, and he could be what the Cardinals need in order to bring an end to their tight end woes.

Round 4- Pick 114: Zack Moss, RB, Utah

Moss was just given a clean bill of health on a surgically repaired knee from 2018. This very well could move him up charts and put him into early day two consideration. The Cardinals have reportedly shown quite a lot of interest in the Utah running back, and with only three backs on the roster right now, Arizona is in need of adding another. Kenyan Drake is only signed for one more season after he signed his transition tag.

Round 4- Pick 131: Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse

Robinson has one red flag against him. A theft charge in high school forced him to go to Syracuse instead of in-state Texas A&M. Robinson has all the tools you want at as a pass rusher, and the Arizona Cardinals have an opportunity to develop him. With Chandler Jones and Devon Kennard under contract, the Cardinals would not be in a rush to have him see the field in year one. Especially with Haason Reddick expected to be an outside rusher in 2020. What better way for Robinson to learn than from fellow Syracuse alumn, Chandler Jones?

Round 5- Pick 178: Khalil Davis, DL, Nebraska

Davis had the smallest wingspan at the combine at 74 3/4. That’s his biggest concern right now is his lack of reach. It will allow offensive linemen to get their hands on him first, which will set him back in the trenches. He posted a 4.75 forty time, so the quickness is there, but with the short arms his upside is stunted. He could be a good special teams option, and fill in on pass rush downs.

Round 6- Pick 202: Reggie Robinson, CB, Tulsa

Robinson is an interesting prospect. He’s a small school player who doesn’t have much film on many of the bigger schools. But he beat the competition he faced, and that’s something. In 41 career games, Robinson had four picks, three coming as a senior, and another 34 pass breakups. He added value on special teams as well, blocking four field goals. Robinson could be a corner the team can develop for a few years down the road, but utilize him day one as a special teamer.

And that wraps up the Arizona Cardinals 3.0 mock. Keim and Kingsbury were kind enough to not have fans sit through the fourth round, instead opting to end their night 20 picks earlier than they were initially supposed to.

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