Baylor Bears wide receiver Denzel Mims

Three-Round Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft 1.0

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  • Bryce Hall
  • Joshua Uche
  • Tristan Wirfs
By Alexander Mann March 4, 2020 0 Comment
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With the end of the NFL Combine, it signals the start of the Draft season for the NFL, including the Arizona Cardinals.

It’s a long time until the NFL Draft. While it’s less than 60 days away, the time drags once the rush of Free Agency ends. That’s why you start to see media members drop mock drafts on a fairly regular basis, and with that, we drop our first Mock Draft here on Cardinals Brawl. We take a 3-round mock using The Draft Network and their machine. There will be trades in this one (Premium Subscription required). It’s a simulation of the Arizona Cardinals’ front office during the draft. Let’s begin!

Round 1- Pick 8:

We start the first round with the Cardinals’ original pick. As we’re getting ready to pick, Tampa Bay gives us a call with Tua Tagovailoa still on the board. In the process, we understand their first-round pick #14 and pick up their 3rd and their fifth-round pick as well.

Result: Traded

Round 1- Pick 14:

As our pick comes around, the top three receivers go one after the other. The Jets take Lamb, the Raiders take Jeudy, and Ruggs goes to Indianapolis. So we quickly fall out of the wide receiver bid.

Luckily the top tackles are still on the board, as is Javon Kinlaw and K’Lavon Chaisson, which would drastically help out the team on the defensive side of the ball.

It was a tough call, but the Arizona Cardinals decided to select Tristan Wirfs. Wirfs offers an immediate plug and play option on the right side. Some teams may want to move him to guard at the next level, but he will be a good player at tackle as well. The Cardinals can upgrade at either position.

Result: Tristan Wirfs, Tackle, Iowa

Round 2- Pick 40:

The second day of the draft came around. Three of the first four picks are some of the more notable defensive prospects in this class. By the time the clock starts for the Cardinals, there are some more talented offensive options.

The top prospect on the board is Ohio State running back, J.K. Dobbins. The Cardinals do briefly consider the pick, but they have more pressing needs, especially in their receiver room.

Denzel Mims jumps off the board in a lot of aspects. He measured at 6’3, and still posted a sub 4.4, 40. He prides himself on his blocking and playing special teams, which is what you want to hear from a prospect like this. The decision is an easy one.

Result: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor

Round 3- Pick 72:

The Cardinals are on the clock again on day two. There are several defensive options on the board, highlighted by Kyle Dugger, Ashtyn Davis, and Joshua Uche. The choice is simple for the team.

While Dugger and Davis are going to be good safeties at the next level, the Cardinals already have a trio of good ones on the roster. Deionte and Jalen Thompson both showed glimpses, and Budda Baker is one of the better safeties in the league. The Cardinals desperately need a rusher opposite of Chandler Jones. That can quickly be addressed in Free Agency, but why not add a young body to learn behind two vets and be the heir to Chandler Jones?

The Cardinals select Uche out of Michigan. Uche never started a game at Michigan until his final year. In his lone year as a starter, Uche posted 33 tackles and recorded another 10.5 sacks. He still has to work on his eyes, but the Cardinals would have the liberty of slowly integrating him if they do indeed pursue a pass rusher during Free Agency. Uche did not perform at the combine, as he reportedly was battling a hamstring injury. With the Michigan pro day on the 13th, I would expect him to participate.

Result: Joshua Uche, LB, Michigan

Round 3- Pick 76:

The Cardinals are on the clock once more before the end of the second day. This pick comes from their first-round trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Another relatively easy decision for the Cardinals front office. Atop the board is running back Cam Akers. Akers is an intriguing prospect, but ten career fumbles in three years at Florida State raises a red flag in my book. Dugger is still on the board, but for a rookie who will turn 24-years old before the season, the Cardinals continue to monitor. They see a pair of tight ends, Bryce Hopkins and Adam Trautman. The Cardinals like their tight end room as it is, and don’t believe it’s a position that is a need.

They finally come across a corner. One who some thought could be one of the first corners off the board in 2019, but decided to return for his senior year. That decision cost him his senior year only six weeks into the season. Bryce Hall went down with an ankle injury that required surgery. In 2018, Hall led the FBS in pass breakups with 22. Before his senior season ended, he totaled 20 tackles and four pass breakups. Hall should be ready to go for camps this season, so the Cardinals have no problem taking a good talent coming off of injury.

Result: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

The Arizona Cardinals address several needs, while also sticking to a BPA approach. It’s early, and Free Agency will start to point at what the Cardinals ultimately plan to do come April, but until then, it’s a speculating game. It’s not nearly as easy as last season when the Cardinals held the top selection, and you could feel that Kyler Murray would ultimately be the name called. There are a lot more moving pieces this time around.

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