Going down the list alphabetically, I’ll be providing a full mock draft for each NFL team through Fanspeak’s On the Clock Mock Draft Simulator. For each draft I will be using Matt Miller’s big board and Fanspeak’s team needs. Let’s get started!
R1P15: Arizona Cardinals select Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Even after signing Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon to play under center next season, the Cardinals have to be in the quarterback market this free agency period. Arizona isn’t picking high enough to grab a top-4 quarterback in this draft, but at 15 they’ll be able to grab my No. 3 ranked quarterback and build for the future with Lamar Jackson. This can create a lethal pairing between Jackson and running back David Johnson, and having Larry Fitzgerald at receiver is a reliable target for a young quarterback to rely on.
R2P15: Arizona Cardinals select Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Hughes is one of the most physical cornerbacks in this draft and is a great pick for the Cardinals in the second round. While he doesn’t have the most on-field experience — just one season as a starter at UCF — he’s an athletic freak capable of of making receivers halt at the beginning of their routes. Hughes is also electric in the return game, so the Cardinals can use him on special teams while they wait for his coverage and experience to grow.
R3P15: Arizona Cardinals select Desmond Harrison, OT, West Georgia
After beefing up the guard position in free agency with the signings of Justin Pugh and Andre Smith, the Cardinals take a flier on a potential tackle for the future. While Harrison’s competition at West Georgia was nothing like he’d face in the NFL, his length and athleticism make him one of the higher ceilings in a weak tackle class.
R3P33: Arizona Cardinals select Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
With their second pick in the third round, the Cardinals finally upgrade the tight end position. While Jermaine Gresham has been a reliable player on the field, his production has failed to improve as he’s gotten older and is slipping down the tight end rankings due to his inability to improve. Andrews provides youth at the position and gives Lamar Jackson a trusty option in the receiving game.
R4P34: Arizona Cardinals select Auden Tate, WR, Florida State
Let’s continue to add youth to the receiving core! After taking their tight end for the future, they grab the a big target from Florida State. Tate’s speed doesn’t translate well to the NFL, which is why he falls to the end of the fourth round, but a 6’5″ receiver is something every team needs for 50/50 balls and redzone targets. With the receiving core aging and Fitzgerald’s career coming to an end, finding a reliable target will be solid for a young quarterback.
R5P15: Arizona Cardinals select Shaquem Griffin, LB, Central Florida
Joining his college teammate Mike Hughes, the one-handed prospect from the undefeated Knights ends up in Arizona after falling to the fifth round. With amazing instincts and technique, Griffin has a great chance of making it work in the NFL. The only reason he should fall this far is because teams fear that his physical limitations outweigh his potential. For Arizona, adding a young body at the linebacker position can create a potential dynamic duo with last year’s first round pick Hasson Reddick.
R7P36: Arizona Cardinals select Will Richardson, OT, NC State
Off-field issues with Richardson push him to the end of the draft, but his ability to play right tackle or both guard positions will make him a draftable talent in the seventh round. Technique and quickness are solid, but his frame doesn’t scream tackle quality at the next level. Adding to the overall depth on the offensive line make Richardson a solid pick for the Cardinals.