Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb

Arizona Cardinals seven-round mock draft simulation

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  • CeeDee Lamb
  • clyde edwards-helaire
  • Damien Lewis
  • Raekwon Davis
By Alexander Mann March 15, 2020 0 Comment
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The Arizona Cardinals are still five weeks away from announcing the draft picks, but with a lull in the NFL offseason, let’s have some mock draft fun.

With the recent outbreak of Covid-19, the NFL has started to feel the impacts. There are concerns around the upcoming free agent window, which would have players fly all over the country for visits and physicals. Some NFL teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, have shut down all nonessential personnel during the situation.

The NFL is even looking at alternatives for the NFL Draft, but as of right now, plan to proceed with hosting it in Las Vegas. If they do decide to cancel the live event in front of crowds of 100’s of thousands, it is unlikely the actual draft is canceled. With that in mind, the Arizona Cardinals will continue to do their scouting, even if it means simply putting on the tape and reviewing combine measurements. While things are up in the air, at least this remains constant.

And with that, we look at another Arizona Cardinals mock draft! This mock is done on The Draft Network but will be simulated, so no trades. Let’s get it rolling!

Round 1- Pick 8: CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma

CeeDee Lamb is a fan favorite thanks to his familiarity with the scheme and his connection with the Arizona Cardinals signal-caller. Those are two big hurdles that the Oklahoma product can skip as he transitions to the NFL.

Lamb does not have blazing speed, and critics will point to that in a lot of his draft profiles. They will also point to his level of competition against Big 12 schools, where defensive football is something that seems to be optional. Lamb has a lot of potential and could be the exact receiver to replace the legend, Larry Fitzgerald.

Round 2- Pick 40: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

The Cardinals have a lot of needs. Some will be addressed in the upcoming Free Agent window, and the team will try to fill the rest in the Draft. One of the team’s biggest needs is their front seven. In 2019, the Arizona Cardinals were relying on late-season additions on the defensive front to help them out.

Davis would fill that. He’s a project and regressed after an excellent 2017 season, which raises concerns, but there is still a lot of upside for the Cardinals and defensive line coach Brenston Buckner to work with.

Round 3- Pick 72: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU

Arizona traded for Kenyan Drake in the middle of the 2019 season. Drake went off for a career year, and many fans were excited that the team may have found their replacement for David Johnson. Both sides made it abundantly clear they wanted to see a return. It’s starting to feel like a reunion won’t happen. Drake is reportedly seeking 10 million a year, and Arizona does not seem keen on meeting that offer.

Enter Edwards-Helaire. Helaire was one of the critical cogs in LSU’s championship run and figured to be productive at the next level. His usage in an air raid offense will be interesting, as he does tend to drop passes coming out of the backfield. If the Cardinals were to utilize both Johnson and Edwards-Helaire, it would be tough for defenses as both are still threats in the passing game, and both offer a lot as runners.

Round 4- Pick 114: Damien Lewis, OL, LSU

Arizona allowed 50 sacks in 2019. A handful of them fell on Kyler Murray‘s attempts to extend plays early in the season instead of making the smart play and throwing it away. While the offensive line played much better than what many fans thought, especially with aright tackle without much experience in Justin Murray, it still needs work.

This is why the simulator gave The Arizona Cardinals a right guard. Lewis is a powerful man. He helped create highways for Edwards-Helaire to run through on their way to a championship win. He will still need time to develop, but the Cardinals still have J.R. Sweezy for another season, and arguably one of the best offensive line coaches the team has had in a long time.

Round 6- Pick 202: Scott Frantz, OL, Kansas State

The Arizona Cardinals locked up their franchise left tackle for three more years earlier this offseason. D.J. Humphries will cover Murray’s blindside until the end of his rookie deal. After that, it’s back in the air.

With their fifth selection in the draft, the Cardinals take a developmental left tackle in Frantz. He has the size and power you want, but hand placement is his biggest concern coming out of college. As you enter the later rounds of the draft, you start to look for players who can develop into a rotational piece and, ultimately, a competent starter. With three years to build, could that be Frantz?

Round 7- Pick 222: Reggie Robinson, DB, Tulsa

Arizona was horrible in the back end for much of the 2019 campaign. Thanks to a Robert Alford injury, and Patrick Peterson‘s suspension, the Cardinals had to rely on several unproven commodities. It’s expected that the Cardinals will address it both in Free Agency, and perhaps a later round draft selection.

And that is indeed what happens in the mock simulator. With their final selection in the draft, the Cardinals acquire a corner. Robinson has a lot of intriguing factors around him. He ran a 4.44 at the combine and measured in at 6’1 with 31.5-inch arms. His NFLcom draft profile says he has stiff hips and struggles to catch up when receivers get by him and think he is best in a zone coverage scheme or a possible move to safety. If the Cardinals think the same, a move to safety makes sense and would make for a lot of young bodies in that room.

That wraps up another mock draft. We inch closer to Free Agency, which will help answer some of the questions looming around the Cardinals draft plans.

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