It is another mock draft simulation Saturday. We are two weeks away from the actual draft and I wanted to see how things would turn out with a trade or two.
In this seven-round simulation on The Draft Network, I had a player in mind with a trade-down in the first round, but that didn’t end up happening.
There were two trades.
Check out the results below.
First-round trade with Buccaneers
The Cardinals traded back to the 27th pick, picking up a fourth-round pick in the process. The idea was to try and get Penn State WR Jahan Dotson, a player the Cardinals appear to have legitimate interest in, but he goes 25th.
The Cardinals still land a solid player with the 27th pick.
Round 1: Purdue EDGE George Karlaftis
The Cardinals’ biggest glaring need is at outside linebacker, as they have done nothing to replace Chandler Jones. Karlaftis is polarizing but has the length, size and athleticism to be a successful pro pass rusher.
He only had 4.5 sacks last season but had a pass-rush win rate off the edge of 33%. He plays hard like Markus Golden, so it feels like his floor is quite high. He plays with a high motor and has good athletic traits. He should be productive.
Round 2: Georgia WR George Pickens
Pickens has size and speed. He can develop into the role A.J. Green has, and perhaps can steal some playing time as a rookie.
It would mean another second-round receiver. It would be the fourth in the last five years.
The Cardinals make a trade in the third round to pick up a fifth-round pick.
They move back five spots to the 92nd pick, swapping with the Green Bay Packers. They also give Green Bay their first sixth-round pick and their last seventh-round pick to get their fifth-round selection.
Round 3: Fayetteville State CB Josh Williams
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It’s been a little while since the Cardinals went with a small-school selection. Williams is long at 6-3, 197lbs and was at the Senior Bowl. He has decent speed and athleticism.
Round 4: Sam Houston State CB Zyon McCollum
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The Cardinals double up at cornerback in the fourth round with the pick they got from the Bucs. He is another small-school guy who has elite athletic traits. He is 6-4, 200 lbs, ran the 40 in 4.33 seconds at the combine and added a 6.48-second three-cone and 39.5-inch vertical leap.
Round 5: South Dakota State RB Pierre Strong
The Cardinals brought Strong in for an official top-30 visit.
Strong is intriguing as a prospect because of his speed. He is 5-11 and 205 lbs and he ran the 40 in 4.37 seconds.
In his last season, he rushed for 1,686 yards, leading the FCS, on 7.0 yards per attempt, scoring 18 touchdowns. He was a home-run hitter in college with 10 touchdown runs of 50 yards or more.
Round 6: Iowa State TE Charlie Kolar
How about a long, pass-catching tight end in the sixth round?
Kolar caught 62 passes for 756 yards and six touchdowns last year.
Round 7: Michigan OT Andrew Stueber
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The 6-7, 325-lb lineman has good length and strength. He has the potential to be a guy with inside-outside versatility.
Round 7: Idaho DT Noah Elliss
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How about a 360-lb space eater for their last pick?
Elliss is 6-4 and 367 pounds. He ran the 40 in 5.66 seconds at the combine.
He could give the Cardinals a true rotational nose tackle that occupies a ton of space.