Cardinals land WR, RB, pass rusher in 3-round mock draft

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Jess Root
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It is mock draft season so we get to see projections from all over the Internet from draft analysts. We focus on the Arizona Cardinals and what players they could get in certain scenarios.

NFL.com’s Chad Reuter has a three-round mock draft and the Cardinals go with the offensive side of the ball with their first two picks and then defense with the third selection.


Round 1: Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle

Waddle would be a dynamic addition to the Cardinals' receiver room.

The Cardinals could really use a playmaker to help Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. Despite Waddle's explosiveness, his size (5-foot-10, 182 pounds, per school measurements) might keep him from landing within the top dozen picks. (Tavon Austin is the only wideout selected in the top 15 overall picks who measured at 5-foot-10 or shorter at the NFL combine over the past 20 years).

That tidbit about size is intriguing. We have seen many receivers 5-10 or shorter succeed in the league, but Tavon Austin was not one who had the impact he was expected to have. He did injure himself in 2020 but returned for the national championship game. In six games, he caught 28 passes for 591 yards and four touchdowns, averaging more than 21 yards per reception. Receiver is a position of need this offseason. Would the Cardinals pull the trigger in the first round?

Round 2: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams

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Running back is a position of concern, as Kenyan Drake is scheduled to be a free agent and Chase Edmonds enters the final year of his contract. Williams averaged more than seven yards per carry in 2020, rushing for 1,140 yards and 19 touchdowns in 11 games. He also caught 25 passes for another 305 yards and three scores, giving him over 1,400 yards from scrimmage and a total of 22 touchdowns.

Round 3: Oregon State EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr.

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This should add some depth to the room at outside linebacker, as Chandler Jones enters the final year of his contract. Rashed had a huge 2019. He had 14 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss that season but his production dropped in 2020 with the Pac 12's shortened season. In seven games, he didn't have a sack and had only 22 tackles for loss. He is lean at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. However, the potential is there to be a nice value pick on Day 2 of the draft. Listen to the latest from Cards Wire's Jess Root on his podcast, Rise Up, See Red. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Spotify. Latest show:

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