The NFL draft is only four short days away and after all the mock drafts have bored us to death , it’s finally time to start seeing this puzzle come together. Almost all of the analysts in the sports industry have gone away from the basic draft mentality of drafting best player on the board as opposed to need.
Everyone continuing to declare quarterback Kyler Murray from Oklahoma the number one player in the draft. Many of these guys at the beginning of projecting prospects didn’t even have Murray as the number one quarterback but now have declared him the best player on the board at number one for the Arizona Cardinals.
This is going to come down to one thing and one thing only, this pick will not be made based on fit or a scheme from a new college coach with a losing record. It should and will solely be based on the Cardinals believing that Kyler Murray is indeed the best player in the entire draft and is the closest to a sure thing at the next level.
If the draft goes according to the best player in the draft then it will look a little like this, and sorry to all the birdgang fans clamoring for Murray but the best thing to do is take the actual best player.
Round one : The Cardinals before and during the draft will get offers for current quarterback Josh Rosen, but the deals will not be worth passing up the opportunity to get the best player in the draft. With that the team will stay at number one and with the number overall pick in the 2019 draft the Arizona Cardinals select (long anticipatory pause) Nick Bolsa from the Ohio State University.
Love it or hate it, Bosa is indeed the best player in this years draft and also the closest thing to a sure thing as possible, yes this screws the draft all up and the circus will begin a lot earlier than usual.
Second round at the number 33 pick : With all the top offensive lineman off the board the Cards will probably look to fill that much needed wide receiver spot and according to the board around that time the best players left on the board are likely skill players. Three of the top wideouts will most likely be gone and leaving a choice between Ole Miss AJ Brown or home town ASU’s N’Keal Harry. The Cardinals do not need another slot guy and Brown is suited more as a slot guy and Harry could be the next good outside receiver for the Cardinals. Therefore with the 33rd pick they may take: N’Keal Harry from ASU. This move will be the best pick at the time and also will calm down the fanbase from the team not taking Kyler Murray.
The third round is Steve Keim’s best round according to past history, and there are many directions he could go here. The team will need to start building the offensive line but at the same time the team could also go for a young blocking tight end which they have been lacking for quite some time. So I believe the 3rd round pick at number 65 Tight end Dawson Knox from Mississippi.
103rd overall pick will most likely be for the o-line and at that time the best player on the board at o-line will be Nate Davis from Charlotte, has the body of an NFL guard with lots of power, and surprising at 6’3 313 has athleticism packed inside his sturdy frame.
The remaining picks we will wait and see but this mock is based on the Cardinals taking the best player on the board at the time of their selections.
Perhaps we will do another mock based on the Cardinals making a trade, but that one also does not have the Birds taking Kyler Murray at number one.
My hope is that the Oakland Raiders continue to deliberate and kick out scouts and argue until John Gruden convinces GM Mike Mayock to take Murray and trade Derek Carr. That scenario will leave the Cards with at least two first round picks at 4 and 24 or 27 in which they could ad another dynamic defensive player.