Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft Roundup 5.0
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:
SI - Hanson (3/11)
23. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
It wouldn't be a surprise if Ojabo came off the board much earlier than this, but he would help fill some of the pass-rush void if the Cardinals lose Chandler Jones in free agency. While Jones is a three-down player, Ojabo will likely be utilized as a situational pass rusher to begin his NFL career. Despite being relatively new to the game, Ojabo had 11 sacks in his only season as a starter in '21, and he has as much upside as any pass rusher in this draft class.
CBS Sports - Fornelli (3/11)
23. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
Opinions vary about Booth. From a measurable standpoint, he's a no-doubter. He's got great size, speed and athleticism. He's competitive as hell and can play with a fiery demeanor you love to see in a defensive back. The problem is that sometimes that competitive nature causes him to be a little too quick and get himself into a bad position because of it. While I don't know that I'd use a top 15 pick on him, I'd be more than happy to snap him up here.
San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (3/10)
23. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
Who knows what is actually going on with Kyler Murray, but A.J. Green and Christian Kirk are both free agents following this season. Williams is a home run hitter with game-breaking speed. He's also a weapon on special teams, as a returner -- he returned two kicks for touchdowns in 2021 -- and in coverage. The dynamic receiver injured his left knee against Georgia, but still grades out as a first-rounder if his rehabilitation remains on schedule.
The Draft Network - Crabbs (3/9)
23. Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College
Continuing to invest in giving QB Kyler Murray the kind of environment he'll want to be a part of should be a part of Arizona's plan for the time being, even if a contract extension is not. Johnson would be an immediate upgrade for the Cardinals anywhere on the offensive interior. It helps Murray and it helps the run game, so therefore it hopefully helps keep me out of the doghouse with the Red Sea.
ESPN - McShay (3/9)
23. Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
During their late-season collapse, the Cardinals struggled to contain opponents' passing games. From Week 14 until the end of the regular season, only Houston allowed more passing yards per attempt than Arizona's 8.2, and the Cards tied for last in the NFL with just one interception. Now Robert Alford is off to free agency, and Arizona could use Byron Murphy Jr. in his more traditional nickelback role. That means the cornerback corps are seeking reinforcements. McDuffie is smooth and stays with receivers so well. He can identify routes, turned in a 4.44 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and flashes the ability to make plays on the ball. And this would be the value pick of the night, because McDuffie isn't expected to wait this long for his name to be called.
NFL.com - Zierlein (3/8)
23. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Buttery-smooth athlete with home run speed and the athletic ability to uncover on all three levels. Olave can align all over the field, which is perfect for Kliff Kingsbury's offense.
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (3/8)
23. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
Might the Arizona Cardinals address the defense for the third-straight year in the first round? Two years ago it was Isaiah Simmons, and last season the Cardinals added Zaven Collins at linebacker. With Chandler Jones facing free agency, adding a pass rusher could be a need. David Ojabo has the explosiveness and athleticism to be a force off the edge, and with some refinement to his pass rushing plan, he could be the perfect replacement for Jones if the veteran pass rusher finds himself a new home during the offseason.
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