The Arizona Cardinals have the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The question on everyone's mind is: Will they pick Kyler Murray?
Team 12's Bruce Cooper lays out how he thinks the draft will go for the Cards.
1st Round Pick 1
Kyler Murray is an extremely talented athlete. He was a top-10 pick in last summer’s MLB draft by the Oakland A’s and here he is 10 months later the top pick by the Cardinals in the NFL draft. He passed for over 4,300 yards, rushed for over 1,000 yards while accounting for over 50 touchdowns in his Heisman Trophy winning campaign this past college football season. He is a game-changer and a playmaker who can make all the throws. He’s exactly what new head coach Kliff Kingsbury needs to drive his offense.
1st Round Pick 17 (Acquired from NY Giants in Josh Rosen trade)
Marquise Brown—Wide Receiver—Oklahoma
Marquise Brown brings familiarity and chemistry to Murray and the offense. He’s currently rehabbing from foot surgery but is expected to be completely healthy around June. He’s lightning quick with top flight speed. He can turn a short pass into an 80-yard house call.
2nd Round Pick 33
N’Keal Harry—Wide Receiver—ASU
Trades (Brown, Beckham) and an unexpected busy free agent market for the wide receiver position pushes Harry out of the first round. And things couldn’t have worked out any better for the Cardinals. Harry is an absolute beast. Size, hands, speed (4.53), physicality and heart all wrapped into one package. Valley and Cardinals fans love this pick.
3rd Round Pick 65
Kaleb McGary—Offensive Tackle—Washington
Kaleb McGary is a big, strong, powerful and athletic lineman. He’s a four-year starter with the ability to win the starting right tackle job from recently acquired Marcus Gilbert.
4th Round Pick 103
Michael Jordan—Offensive Guard—Ohio State
Michael Jordan played both guard and center for the Buckeyes. He’s been a starter from day one of his freshman year. He brings strength, athleticism and durability to the guard position which is a big plus given the injury history of projected starters Justin Pugh and J.R. Sweezy.
5th Round Pick 139
Michael Jackson—Cornerback—Miami, Florida
Michael Jackson had a better junior season than senior season for the Hurricanes. But he has the size and speed to be successful at the next level.
6th Round Pick 174
L.J. Collier—Defensive End—TCU
L.J. Collier has played both inside and outside on the line, however, he’s better suited outside. Had a break out season for the Horned Frogs this past season earning first team All-Big 12 honors. He has some pass rush ability.
6th Round Pick 179
Byron Cowart—Defensive Tackle/End—Maryland
Byron Cowart never lived up to his high school ranking and hype in college. But after transferring from Auburn to Maryland, he began to show some of the promise expected of him. He’s a talented and versatile lineman who can add depth along the line.
7th Round Pick 248
Jahlani Tavai—Inside Linebacker—Hawaii
Jahlani Tavai is a four-year starter with a nose for the football. He had 41 career tackles for loss and 17.5 career sacks. He has an NFL frame and is a sound tackler.
7th Round Pick 249
Josiah Coatney—Defensive Tackle—Mississippi
Josiah Coatney is active and strong at the point of attack. He finished third on the Rebels team with 65 tackles, eight for loss with 3.5 sacks.
7th Round Pick 254
Trevon Wesco—Tight End—West Virginia
Trevon Wesco earns the distinction of “Mr. Irrelevant” a moniker for the final pick of the draft. Wesco is a devastating blocker. He’s an extra lineman in short yardage situations. He can also line up in the backfield as a lead blocker in goal line opportunities. He has good hands and is a load to bring down after the catch.