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Cardinals take QB Caleb Williams in new 4-round mock draft

It is mock draft season as the Arizona Cardinals look ahead to the 2024 NFL draft in about two and a half months.

Some mock drafts are reasonable. Some are out of touch.

This one is out of touch for the Arizona Cardinals.

In a new four-round mock draft from Draft Wire’s Curt Popejoy has the Cardinals selecting a quarterback fourth overall, a guy largely believed who will be the first quarterback drafted.

Round 1, Pick No. 4: USC QB Caleb Williams

USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams talks with USC Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley during the first half of the game against No. 6 Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams talks with USC Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley during the first half of the game against No. 6 Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

This makes no sense on multiple levels. The Cardinals aren’t taking a quarterback in the first round. They are riding with Kyler Murray. Anyone who still believes they are moving off Murray has not paid attention.

And there is no way Williams is going to be the third quarterback off the board.

So this mock draft starts off with a scenario that will never happen.

If Marvin Harrison Jr. is selected first overall as he is in this mock, and if Williams is still on the board, the Cardinals will trade back. Someone will want Williams and the Cardinals will get another haul in a draft-day trade.

Round 1, No. 27 overall: Oregon WR Troy Franklin

Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin celebrates a touchdown as the No. 6 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 16 Oregon State Beavers Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin celebrates a touchdown as the No. 6 Oregon Ducks take on the No. 16 Oregon State Beavers Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

Franklin is a pick that makes sense. He has size at 6-foot-2 and was very productive for the Ducks last season with 81 catches for 1,383 yards and 14 touchdowns.

 

Round 2, No. 35 overall: Georgia CB Kamari Lassiter

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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The mock draft is redeeming itself after the ridiculous selection of Williams fourth overall.

Franklin at the end of the first round and Lassiter in Round 2 are solid picks. Lassiter would be a very popular pick for a number of reasons. The Cardinals need a good cornerback Lassiter is one of the best in this draft class and he is the son of the late Kwamie Lassiter, who played eight years for the Cardinals.

Round 3, No. 66 overall: Penn State EDGE Adisa Isaac

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David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Isaac had 7.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss for Penn State last year.

Round 3, No. 71 overall: Minnesota S Tyler Nubin

Round 3, No. 90 overall: Kansas State OL Cooper Beebe

Round 4, No. 104 overall: Texas OT Christian Jones

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Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Jones had a good Senior Bowl and the Cardinals do need a tackle with D.J. Humphries having torn his ACL.

Round 4, No. 133 overall: UCF WR Javon Baker

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

He is another receiver with size.

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