NFL Draft 2022: Arizona Cardinals Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Arizona Cardinals Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Arizona Cardinals Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Arizona Cardinals draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: Arizona Cardinals Draft Analysis

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Arizona Cardinals Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

2 (55) TE Trey McBride, Colorado State
3 (87) DE Cameron Thomas, San Diego State
3 (100) DE Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
6 (201) RB Keontay Ingram, USC
6 (215) OG Lecitus Smith, Virginia Tech
7 (244) CB Christian Matthew, Valdosta State
7 (256) LB Jesse Luketa, Penn State
7 (257) OG Marquis Hayes, Oklahoma

Arizona Cardinals Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– It’s hard to argue with grabbing the best tight end in the draft in the second round. The Cardinals didn’t have a first round draft pick and didn’t pick until the 46, but they made the most of it with Trey McBride to throw into the pass catching mix. But …

– They didn’t go with a wide receiver. DE Cam Thomas was a great get out of San Diego State in the third round, but he was taken one pick before Dallas selected WR Jalen Tolbert out of South Alabama.

– Overall this is a solid draft that might not have a ton of sizzle, but it should be good for what the Cardinals are looking for. They wanted more of a pass rush, and Thomas along with Myjai Sanders out of Cincinnati addressed the issue. One of the late round guard picks is going to stick.

 

Arizona Cardinals Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 2 (55) TE Trey McBride, Colorado State

Biggest Reach: 3 (100) DE Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati

Late Flier That Might Work: 7 (257) OG Marquis Hayes, Oklahoma

 

Arizona Cardinals Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

The Cardinals haven’t been all that bad over the last few drafts. They’ve been able to find some contributing parts in the later rounds, the early picks have been – for the most part – okay, and now they need more talent.

Kyler Murray is grouchy, and he’s the only Pro Bowl draft pick since Budda Baker in 2017.

There hasn’t been enough done through free agency to make a big enough change. The Cardinals still need more on the lines, a cornerback would be a plus, and they have to find more impact wide receivers to go along with DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore.

So who’ll be there in the first round for Arizona? There should be a decent offensive tackle prospect at the 55, and that’s where a receiver could go with Georgia’s George Pickens and/or Alabama’s John Metchie likely options.

At the 23?  Purdue pass rusher George Karlaftis might slide down this far, and Minnesota’s Boye Mafe will be there. Corners Andrew Booth from Clemson and Kyler Gordon from Washington should be around.

But again, Arizona needs stars. If it goes with value and the Best Player Available route, Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt or Alabama WR Jameson Williams – torn ACL and all – might be the call.

Arizona Cardinals 2021 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

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