Ranking the tiers of prospects for the Cardinals in Round 1

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The Arizona Cardinals have the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday. That means they will miss out on a number of the top prospects, naturally.

Opinions vary on the prospects who could be or will be available.

Below are my personal tiers for the prospects and the Cardinals.

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These are the players who are more or less top-five to top-10 locks in the draft.

They are players who would and could absolutely make impact players but just simply won’t be available.

  • Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson

  • Georgia EDGE Travon Walker

  • Oregon EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux

  • Cincinnati CB Sauce Gardner

  • Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson

  • N.C. State OL Ickey Ekwonu

  • Alabama OL Evan Neal

  • Mississippi State OL Charles Cross

Redundant

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These players are promising and most teams would love to have them, but because of the players the Cardinals already have, they are redundant.

  • Liberty QB Malik Willis

  • Pitt QB Kenny Pickett

  • Notre Dame S Kyle Hamilton

  • Utah LB Devin Lloyd

  • Georgia LB Nakobe Dean

Could they somehow fall to the Cardinals?

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I believe these players are fantastic and would be impact difference-makers. They have almost no chance of making it to the Cardinals but there is at least a dim beacon of hope that they could slide.

  • Alabama WR Jameson Williams

  • LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr.

  • Georgia DT Jordan Davis

  • Florida State EDGE Jermaine Johnson II

  • USC WR Drake London

I like these guys

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These are the players who are quite possibly going to be available and I believe are great fits. I would be quite happy with these players.

  • Ohio State WR Chris Olave

  • Purdue EDGE George Karlaftis

  • Penn State EDGE Arnold Ebiketie

  • Boston College OL Zion Johnson

  • Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt

  • Florida CB Kaiir Elam

  • Penn State WR Jahan Dotson

These players are fine

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These players aren’t ideal but are okay. Either they are better selected after trading back or perhaps they aren’t a perfect fit but could work out nicely.

  • Arkansas WR Treylon Burks

  • Washington CB Trent McDuffie

  • Iowa OL Tyler Linderbaum

  • Georgia WR George Pickens

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