Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Arizona Cardinals from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in August 2020 mock drafts for the Cardinals:
EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)
17. Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
With Patrick Peterson, Dre Kirkpatrick and Johnathan Joseph, who's currently on IR, set to become free agents, the Cardinals will need to add corners via the draft or free agency that can contribute right away. Horn, son of former Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn, excels in press-man coverage due to his size, physical playing style and a competitive demeanor.
San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)
17. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
There are other needs, but adding a matchup nightmare like Pitts to the Kyler Murray-DeAndre Hopkins dynamic duo would generate instant ulcers to most defensive coordinators in the NFL. Pitts is definitely more receiver than complete tight end, but he's a valuable chess piece either way -- his 17.9 yards per reception and 12 touchdowns in only eight games are indicative of that. He was recently named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation's best receiver) and the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end).
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)
17. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Vance Joseph got creative this season to generate pressure on opposing passers, and confuse them in the process. Using different sub packages up front, the Cardinals relied on athleticism and movement to get after the quarterback.
But they face some questions about the future of their defensive front. Markus Golden and Haason Reddick are pending free agents, and Arizona lost Chandler Jones for most of the season with a biceps tear. Adding another versatile, athletic player up front will give them another injection of talent to that group. Kwity Paye fits that bill. Long, explosive and aggressive, he is a great fit with what Arizona is doing defensively.
PFF - Gayle (12/29)
17. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
While D.J. Humphries and Kelvin Beachum have been more than serviceable for Arizona this season, adding a developmental tackle like Cosmi in the first round is good process when considering positional value and the fact that he could be the best player available at No. 17. One of the better athletes at his position, the 6-foot-7, 309-pound Cosmi has earned 82.0-plus PFF pass-blocking grades in all three of his years at Texas. He also earned a 90.5 PFF grade in 2020 and could very well kick inside early in his NFL career if Arizona re-signs Beachum (31).
CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)
17. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Patrick Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick are in the final year of their deals and Surtain, who has been Alabama's best cornerback the last two seasons, would be a good fit in Arizona in 2021.
Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)
17. Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson
Kendrick is even newer to the position than guys like Diggs and Farley are. The 2019 season was his first as a cornerback after previously playing wide receiver for Clemson. He moved out of necessity and never looked back.
Kendrick has continued to display growth at the position week in and week out and has the size and movement skills necessary to be a CB1 in the NFL. He is still developing, but ball skills and natural athleticism land him in the first round in a deep cornerback class that lacks elite top-end talent.
PFF - Renner (12/23)
20. Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson
Kendrick's receiver background is going to be intriguing for a lot of teams. The fact that he's only allowed 105 yards all season long won't hurt his draft stock, either. With Patrick Peterson in the last year of his deal, the Cardinals would be wise to keep stockpiling in the secondary.
Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)
20. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Patrick Peterson's potential replacement will arrive in the form of Farley. An opt-out player this year, Farley could land as the top cornerback in the draft with solid predraft workouts. He has the size and aggressive style of play to fit the Cardinals defense.
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