New two-round mock draft has Cardinals bolstering defense

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The NFL draft begins Thursday and it is still unknown exactly what the Arizona Cardinals will do with their selections. They are slated to pick 16th in the first round and then, on Friday, they have one pick in the second round and none in the third.

In the latest two-round mock draft from Draft Wire managing editor Luke Easterling, the Cardinals surprisingly go defense with both of their first selections.

Who are the picks?


Round 1: South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn

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With the 16th pick in the draft, Easterling has the Cardinals getting one of their ideal targets. Horn might be the best cornerback in the draft nad he makes it all the way to No. 16. The Cardinals have an immediate and a long-term need at cornerback, as Byron Murphy is the only corner on the roster under contract for 2022. Horn could start right away or eventually replace Robert Alford at some point this year. Horn could be the guy to be their CB1 for years to come.

Round 2: Texas EDGE Joseph Ossai

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While many would believe the Cardinals would go with a receiver in the second round if they take a cornerback with their first pick, they pick up a pass rusher. General manager Steve Keim is impressed with the class of edge defenders and Ossai has some potential. He had his production increase each of his three seasons for the Longhorns. He had 5.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in nine games in 2020. He has the frame and the length at 6-4, 256 to potentially replace Chandler Jones, who is entering the final year of his contract at age 31. The Cardinals have gotten production historically from Texas pass rushers early in their career. Sam Acho and Alex Okafor, names from the last decade, came in and made impacts early in their careers. 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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