Arizona Cardinals seven-round mock draft 2.0 following free agency

  • 2020 NFL Draft
  • Alton Robinson
  • arizona cardinals
  • Davon Hamilton
  • Jedrick Wills
  • Joshua Kelley
By Alexander Mann March 23, 2020 0 Comment
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The Arizona Cardinals are now done with their initial bids in free agency. What happens next is the long wait for the NFL Draft.

When Free Agency ends, there’s a long wait for the next exciting phase of the offseason. Unfortunately, this year the wait is longer. The Arizona Cardinals would have reported to offseason workouts on April 20th. Due to the spread of COVID-19, those are delayed until May at the earliest.

The Cardinals addressed needs on the defensive side of the ball. Jordan Phillips, Devon Kennard, and De’Vondre Campbell are all solid players, but not the long term answers the Cardinals need. Their additions do not signal what the Cardinals plan on doing in the upcoming draft. Fans know they still have to address the offensive tackle position, and the draft will feature three very good ones early. After acquiring DeAndre Hopkins via a trade, the team going with a receiver at eight has become unlikely.

For this mock, we will utilize The Draft Network‘s mock draft machine. This will be a full seven-round mock, using their predictive board. No trades this time.

Round 1- Pick 8: Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

Tristan Wirfs went fourth to the Giants. Isaiah Simmons to the Panthers at seven. It was a pick between Mekhi Becton and Jedrick Wills for the Cardinals. They ultimately selected Wills. He has his issues coming out, particularly his untimely penalties. Compared to Wirfs and Becton, it seems to be the consensus that Wills has the safest floor. With the Cardinals having D.J. Humphries locked up on the left side, the team can add a strong piece opposite of him, to protect Kyler Murray’s edges.

Round 2 – Pick Traded to Houston for DeAndre Hopkins

A surreal trade still. The Cardinals addressed a position many thought would be their top draft pick. They added perhaps the best receiver since Larry Fitzgerald, and the man some compare CeeDee Lamb to. The trade is still pending a physical, but both teams announced they did come to terms.

Round 3 – Pick 72: Davon Hamilton, Defensive Line, Ohio State

The Cardinals need all the help they can get defensively. Despite the addition of Jordan Phillips, the Cardinals still need to develop the defensive line. Hamilton is a stout body at the line of scrimmage. The Cardinals struggled at the point of attack, allowing large holes to develop on running downs. Hamilton still has some work to do, as he only became the starter in 2019 at Ohio State, but with Corey Peters on the roster, he gets a year to develop as a player with the new defensive line coach, Brenston Buckner.

Round 4 – Pick 114: Akeem Davis-Gaither, Linebacker, Appalachian State

Another defensive move. This time Arizona gets a linebacker to learn and develop behind De’Vondre Campbell. If Campbell pans out and the Cardinals extend him great. If they decide he didn’t show enough and they decide to move on, they could have his replacement waiting in the wings. Davis-Gaither is a fast instinctual linebacker who needs to add weight if he is to play linebacker at the next level. He offers you special teams versatility as well, so the Cardinals can get an immediate return while still developing him.

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

Robinson is built to be an edge rusher in the NFL. And what better for him to learn from another Syracuse alumn, Chandler Jones? Robinson will have the benefit of Devon Kennard on a 3-year deal, and one of the top sack producers in Chandler Jones to learn from. He has the tools you want, but a lot of growth will be needed. He does have a robbery charge from high school that forced Texas A&M to remove their offer in 2016.

Round 5 – Pick Forfeit

The Cardinals selected Jalen Thompson in the fifth round of the 2019 supplemental draft.

Round 6 – Pick 202: Joshua Kelley, Runningback, UCLA

The Arizona Cardinals placed a transition tag on Kenyan Drake. Drake is expected to sign the tender, putting him in a Cardinals jersey for at least the 2020 season. Currently, on the roster, the Cardinals only have Drake and Chase Edmonds. There is still some talent on the free-agent market, but the Cardinals should address this in the draft.

Factor in Joshua Kelley. Kelley would be the heaviest back on the roster, weighing in at 214 pounds. Kelley had a good draft process, doing well at the Senior Bowl and a good combine. Adding him to the room, the Cardinals will be able to keep a cheap back on the roster with questions still circling around Drake.

Round 7 – Pick 222: Aaron Parker, Receiver, Rhode Island

Aaron Parker is a developmental prospect, as many are in the later rounds. It would make sense for the Cardinals to continue to add talent to the receiver room, in the hope they can somehow replicate the same thing they put on the field on their way to a Super Bowl birth. If Parker will have an uphill climb, but if he can show anything on special teams, perhaps Trent Sherfield’s time comes to an end?

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