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Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 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 from recent NFL mock drafts for the Cardinals:

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/20)

23. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Williams' torn ACL sinks him outside the top 20, but the Cardinals can't pass on him given the state of their receiver group heading into the 2022 season.

ESPN - Mel Kiper (1/19)

23. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

After a 10-2 start, the Cardinals lost five of their final six games and crashed out in the playoffs, a disappointing finish for a team that once looked like a Super Bowl contender. And I think you can point to J.J. Watt's shoulder injury in late October as a big reason the defense took a step back down the stretch. Watt is still signed for another season, but his injury history means that Arizona needs to think about a replacement. That's Karlaftis, a powerful 275-pound end who might be better in a 3-4 defense. He had only 4.5 sacks in 2021, but his pressure numbers were elite, even if he didn't always get home to the quarterback. He's really good against the run, too.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/19)

23. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

At 6-6 and 360 pounds, Davis is a hard-to-move space-eater with the power to reestablish the line of scrimmage. He might be drafted higher if a team believes he can sustain his high level of play with an increased snap count (he averaged only 25.2 snaps per game in 2021), but Davis is a dominant run defender when on the field.

PFF - Austin Gayle (1/17)

23. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

Linderbaum finished the 2021 season as PFF's highest-graded interior offensive lineman and the top-ranked interior offensive lineman expected to enter the 2022 NFL Draft. He'll likely slip in the first round due to positional value, but I doubt he gets past Arizona at Pick 24.

Baltimore Sun - C.J. Doon (1/14)

25. Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

The Cardinals have needs at running back, tight end and cornerback, but wide receiver takes precedence here with Christian Kirk and A.J. Green hitting free agency. Dotson is undersized at 5-11 and 184 pounds, but he more than makes up for it with strong hands and a wide catch radius. He exploded for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 receptions this season.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fischer (1/13)

26. Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State

The team has to keep Kyler Murray healthy over the course of 18 games and Cross' ability to pass block makes this a bit of a steal late in the first. Plus, he'll have little issue transitioning from college to the pros given the similar system his old and new head coach run.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

26. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

A.J. Green and Christian Kirk are both free agents following this season. It's rare you find a route technician with reliable hands who can also run this fast. The Mission Hills product might have slid into the first round had he left school last year and it wouldn't surprise me if he cracks the top-20.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/12)

24. Cameron Thomas, IDL, San Diego State

Arizona's pass rush has at times hinged on four-time Pro Bowl selection Chandler Jones and the underrated Markus Golden, who combined to record 21 1/2 of the defense's 41 sacks. With Jones ticketed for free agency and likely seeking a hefty deal, the Cardinals would be wise to take a long look at Thomas, an ascendant prospect who was one of college football's most consistently disruptive defenders.

For The Win - Charles McDonald (1/12)

24. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

The Cardinals have loved drafting versatile players in recent drafts and Travon Walker fits that bill. Walker played all over Georgia's defense from nose tackle to edge rusher. He's a physical player that should be able to find a role along the Cardinals defensive line.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/10)

24. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

The Cardinals have made strides defensively this season but can still shore up the cornerback position. Arizona is in the bottom half of the league for touchdown passes and passer rating allowed.

Roger McCreary is a physical corner that is sticky in coverage. The Cardinals need young talent to develop at corner, especially with the wide receiver talent in the NFC West.

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