Arizona Cardinals: Defense Reigns Supreme In Four-Round Mock Draft
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster (10) reacts to a pass interference called against him during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The Arizona Cardinals took in Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes’ workout.
Per a report on arizonasports.com, as much as the Arizona Cardinals might want to find a quarterback of the future in the first round 2017 NFL Draft, there are more immediate needs that could be addressed.
And if Arizona goes another direction at No. 13 overall, general manager Steve Keim might have no choice but to find his future signal-caller later on in the draft.
The future may be now for these Cardinals as starter Carson Palmer may not be part of the team’s future sooner rather than later. While I have Mahomes as a second round pick headed to Kansas City, it does not mean this team isn’t considering other signal callers to make the desert their home.
What will the Arizona Cardinals do? Before the 2016 season, there was talk about Bruce Arians’ team would challenge for a Super Bowl berth but this was a team was anything but a playoff contender.
While David Johnson emerged as one of the best runners in the league and the secondary is still blessed to have Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu in the secondary. There is still a foundation for Arians and his staff to build, but this is a team with holes to fill.
With the majority of the Cardinals’ needs on defense, there could still be a surprise or two in this draft on the offensive side of the ball. And it would not surprise me if this team takes a quarterback to groom as their future signal caller.
Here’s a look at the first four rounds of the Arizona Cardinals draft.
First round: 13th pick overall – Reuben Foster, Linebacker, Alabama
The best linebacker prospect in this draft and yet another linebacker to come out of Alabama.
How will the incident at the Combine affect his draft status?
The Cincinnati Bengals or Buffalo Bills could look his way. However, if he is on the board, the Cardinals should jump all over him. At 6-foot and 229 pounds, he is fast enough to cover tight ends underneath or take on a running back coming up the middle.
Second round: 13th pick, 45 overall – Teez Tabor, Cornerback, Florida
Tabor says he is the best cornerback in the draft, but his workout at the Combine says otherwise.
A big talker who backed it up in Gainesville. He could rise after his Pro Day, but he is a fringe first round pick.
Tabor is a solid hitter and can become a cover corner as part of the rotation. With Peterson and Mathieu on board, this could the best secondary in the NFL.
Third round: 13th pick, 77 overall – Nathan Peterman, Quarterback, Pittsburgh
I like Peterman and have watched him play since his high school days here in Jacksonville.
He was impressive in postseason all-star games.
Peterman played in a pro-style offense at Pitt after his days at Tennessee. At 6-foot-2 and 222, there is a bit of concern on him taking a beating in the NFL. He is comfortable in the pocket or on the move. He will take a year to learn and could challenge for the starting role in 2018.
Fourth round: 13th pick, 109 overall – Jalen Myrick, Cornerback, Minnesota
If he had better size (5-foot-9) he could have been a fringe first round talent. But Myrick plays the game with intensity.
Two-time All Big-Ten Honorable Mention defensive back (2015-16) has long arms (32. 5 inches). Despite being his height, Myrick has the second longest arms out of any defensive invited to the East-West Shrine Game.
He could be a valuable commodity on special teams. Myrick will also fit right into the secondary rotation as possibly a nickel back.