2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Arizona Cardinals draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Arizona Cardinals 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– Arizona likes speed, speed and more speed. The linebacking corps can fly with Zaven Collins to go along with Isaiah Simmons – last year’s top pick – and getting the 4.2 flash of Rondale Moore gives Kyler Murray a flash of lightning down the field. At the very least, this team drafted to move.
– Cornerback was a key need, and the Cardinals addressed it in a large way with Florida’s Marco Wilson in the 4th and UCF’s Tay Gowan in the 6th. As long as one of them works out as a decent starter, the draft turns great.
– It’s a decent draft, but it’s all about Collins. That’s a massive call over all the strong corners on the board and with Najee Harris and Travis Etienne available – the Cardinals didn’t address the running back situation – but after going with the Tulsa LB at the 16, there we’re a slew of risky calls by other teams over the next several picks.
Best Value Pick: WR Rondale Moore, Purdue, 2nd round, 49th overall
Biggest Reach: CB Marco Wilson, Florida 4th round, 136th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: S James Wiggins, Cincinnati, 7th round 243rd overall
Arizona Cardinals 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (16) – LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
2 (49) – WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
4 (136) – CB Marco Wilson, Florida
6 (210) – DE Victor Dimukeje, Duke
6 (223) – CB Tay Gowan, UCF
7 (243) – S James Wiggins, Cincinnati
7 (247) – C Michal Menet, Penn State
Arizona Cardinals 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
The Cardinals need to grab a corner early on, and they’re going to have their pick of several options. As others fight over the quarterbacks and offensive linemen, Arizona is able to sit back, wait, and get one of the top defensive backs on the board. Best of all, it’s such a deep draft at corner that they can grab one or two more later if …
Arizona might want to think about trading down. It only has six picks and just two before the fifth round and the 160th pick. There’s going to be a quarterback who slides, and it can load up on picks against someone desperate to grab that fifth of the top five quarterbacks – assuming one is there.
The Cardinals also need more help at receiver. DeAndre Hopkins can’t do it alone, but receiver might be a luxury grab at 16 considering how badly they need a corner. It’ll be a tough call, though – a top receiver will be there.
Arizona Cardinals 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
3 OT Josh Jones, Houston
4 DT Leki Fotu, Utah
4 DT Rashard Lawrence, LSU
6 LB Evan Weaver, Cal
7 RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
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