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Options for the Arizona Cardinals Offense after the Combine

  • 2020 NFL Draft
  • arizona cardinals
  • CeeDee Lamb
  • Kyler Murray
  • Tristan Wirfs
By Alexander Mann March 3, 2020 0 Comment
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The NFL Combine is over, now teams like the Arizona Cardinals go home and evaluate what they saw.

Now that it has come and gone, it is up to decision-makers to make sure their top boards are beginning to take shape, and they hone their feelings for the prospects. The NFL Draft is rapidly approaching, and the Arizona Cardinals still have a lot of homework to do before they make their top selection.

With that in mind, there are a number of offensive players who could help take the Cardinals to the competitive level they were at, in 2015. This covers the offensive side of the ball, and what combine performance really stood out enough to garner interest.

Quarterback

With Kyler Murray at the helm, this is clearly not a position of need. What may be needed, however, is a backup option for the franchise signal-caller. Brett Hundley filled that role in 2019 and did well in relief when Murray was forced out against Seattle with a hamstring injury. He held his own and made sure the Cardinals left Century Link with an upset victory.

Hundley, however, sits as a Free Agent, and one that could possibly move on if the right situation calls. There are a number of options the Cardinals could pursue, but they should focus on the later rounds, and perhaps undrafted players in the upcoming draft. While the team reportedly met with Utah State quarterback Jordan Love as the Senior Bowl, he’s expected to be an early pick in April.

There’s another quarterback that played in that game who caught my eye, however. Anthony Gordon from Washington State. Gordon posted three third-quarter touchdowns, as the North toppled the South prospects 31-17. Coming from a similar offensive scheme would shorten his learning curve in Arizona. He did not participate in the combine drills but did throw the ball.

Running Back

Cardinal fans around the world are still waiting to see what the team does with Kenyan Drake. He had a breakout year for the Cardinals, with an eight-game, 643 yards, and eight touchdown stint. It’s rumored he’s looking for 8-10 million for his contract, which would make it hard for the Cardinals to indeed re-sign him.

That likely leaves the team rolling with David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, and perhaps a rookie for the 2020 season.

Many point to Eno Benjamin as the guy the Cardinals should pursue, and that’s fair. But there’s another Arizona player that should draw some interest, and that’s the kid in the Dirty T.

J.J. Taylor was so short at the combine, they hand-measured him, and he came in at a whopping 5’5. Watching him against Washington, he’s a hard runner, despite his size. He never seemed to fall backwards and was always pushing for more yards. He would offer the Cardinals versatility on special teams and would be one of the later picks on the final draft day.

Taylor only ran a 4.61 40, but his tape has him play much faster than that number indicates.

Wide Receiver

If you ask any Arizona Cardinals fan out there, most will likely point to the Wide Receiver room being a point of emphasis in 2020. Currently, the roster is littered with players who have not proven much, with the exception of Larry Fitzgerald of course.

Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, and KeeSean Johnson are all slotted behind Fitzgerald, and all have shown glimpses of being competent number two receivers. What the Cardinals truly lack is a number one option for Kyler Murray. That could change with the team’s No. 8 overall pick.

The guy man fans are clamoring for is one Kyler knows well. CeeDee Lamb. Both men worked together at Oklahoma, in a season Kyler Murray won the Heisman, and a season Lamb caught 65 passes for 1100 yards and 11 TD’s. Lamb got better his junior season and answered a glaring question at the combine.

Many wondered if Lamb’s speed would be a concern at the next level. He went on to post a 4.5 40. He could afford to add some weight to his 6’1 and 5/8 frame, but one less learning curve he would face is his connection to Kyler. And with catches like this, it’s tough to say no.

Offensive Line

There’s been a lot made about the Offensive Line and whether or not it’s truly a weakness on this team. 23/48 sacks were credited to Kyler Murray, and that is too be expected from a mobile rookie Quarterback.

The Arizona Cardinals could likely roll out their current lineup, with the exception of center, where it seems AQ Shipley will be looking for a new team. But they could also get better, particularly on the right side of the offensive line.

Tristan Wirfs. Is he a guard? Is he a tackle? It probably depends on who takes him. After his combine performance, where he posted the best 40 (4.85), best vertical ever among OL prospects (36.5) and best long jump ever among OL prospects (10’1), it’s hard to ignore him at eight. I would slide him inside to guard and utilize his athletic gifts to their full advantage.

 

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