Thursday, March 6, 2014
McShay Mock 3.0: Cardinals
By Matt Williamson
Todd McShay’s third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today.
Finding a left tackle has to be priority No. 1 for the Cardinals this offseason, but how this draft class is shaking out doesn’t bode well for Arizona with the 20th overall selection. McShay had Cyrus Kouandjio going here in his last mock, but Kouandjio’s stock has plummeted since the NFL combine and it will be difficult for other suitable options to fall past Baltimore and Miami. The Cardinals don’t have a lot of cap room, but should be able to make a move or two of note. They would be best served to address left tackle in free agency with a player like Anthony Collins and then take a “Best Player Available” approach to the draft with defensive back and a developmental quarterback high on the wish list. Whom does McShay have the Cardinals drafting at No. 20?
Let's take a look:
McShay: Arizona Cardinals -- CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State Spartans
The Cardinals could look at either Anthony Barr or Zack Martin if they drop to this spot, but in this scenario I think Dennard makes sense. He isn't the fastest guy and he has solid but not elite ball skills, however I think he is the best pure cover corner in this class, partly due to his great instincts. He would do well opposite Patrick Peterson, and Arizona could use some depth help depending on how things shake out in free agency.