The Cardinals had major problems at cornerback across from Patrick Peterson the entire year. They tried multiple players, but couldn't find a solution. Fortunately for them, this class is absolutely packed at the position.
Quarterback is the other option, and I could see Arizona going that route with either DeShone Kizer or Pat Mahomes. However, I think the Cardinals either move down or select a signal-caller in the second round instead.
Pick change; previously Marlon Humphrey, CB
Rd. 2, Pk. 13
Davis Webb, QB, California
General manager Steve Keim discussed finding a long-term quarterback this offseason. The Cardinals could take a shot on a signal-caller on the second day of the draft, rather than spending the No. 13 overall pick on Carson Palmer's successor. Of course, taking someone like DeShone Kizer is possible at 13th overall as well.
Rd. 3, Pk. 13
Budda Baker, S, Washington
Tony Jefferson was a big loss for the Cardinals, so the safety position will have to be upgraded early in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 4, Pk. 12
Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar
The Cardinals could stand to add another cornerback, as they had issues all year across from Patrick Peterson.
Rd. 5, Pk. 13
Jalen Robinette, WR, Air Force
Larry Fitzgerald is returning for 2017, but there's no telling how much longer he'll play. Arizona needs to add some young receivers.
Rd. 5, Pk. 35
Jimmie Gilbert, OLB, Colorado
Karlos Dansby was signed this offseason, but the Cardinals need a long-term solution at inside linebacker.
One might believe this a good spot for the first CB to come off the board, and it might well be. But the thing about this CB class is it's very strong, yet among the top 8 or so players available, it's not abundantly clear that any one is significantly better than the others. The most likely candidate for that would have been Sidney Jones if not for his serious Achilles injury. Marshon Lattimore is likely next up, but there are concerns about his ability to stay healthy. Other candidates are Quincy Wilson, Marlon Humphrey, Gareon Conley, Kevin King, or Adoree Jackson - but in addition to the likelihood of one or more of these guys being available for the Cardinals in round 2, it's also not obviously clear that these players will end up being better than second tier CBs like Jalen Tabor, Cordrea Tankersley, Tre'Davious White, or Cameron Sutton. I include this long explanation here not just to explain the Cardinals decision to go with Mike Williams here, but to illustrate the unique CB situation in this draft that I think will affect numerous teams in their decision as to when to draft a CB. I think more teams will be willing to wait until round 2 for a CB than would in a more typical draft class.
Larry Fitzgerald said he will be back for the last year of his contract next season, but that is probably going to be his last season in the NFL. Finding a competent receiver to fill the void when he leaves, but also help this offense by giving them another reliable target besides Fitz is a good idea. I do like John Brown and J.J. Nelson however, those two are just slot and speed options and both have some injury problems that have caused them to miss games. Davis is a dynamic route runner and is a nice target in the red zone with his leaping ability. He is not the fastest, but his clean cuts and long strides helps him create easy separation. His hands also may be the best in the draft with his ability to snare difficult passes in traffic. Under Fitz' tutelage he can become even better.
Last Weeks Selection: Quincy Wilson CB Florida
The Cardinals know that Carson Palmer's career is on borrowed time. Kizer has a great skill set for Bruce Arians to develop. <br> <br>
Of the quarterback prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft, Kizer has the best skill set with the most upside. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder has a strong arm that can make all the throws for the NFL. He has also flashed superb accuracy and an ability to make accurate touch passes downfield to beat good coverage in tight windows. Kizer can also make beautiful passes in the face of a pass rush. Additionally, he has the mobility to buy time for his receivers, bail out his offensive line, and pick up yards with his feet. The big problem for Kizer is consistency as he is a streaky passer and player. He also had issues late in games with critical mistakes in crunch time, so his decision-making needs to improve. <br> <br>
In 2016, Kizer completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,925 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for seven touchdowns. His completion percentage was thrown off by playing a game in the midst of Hurricane Matthew and his receivers consistently dropping well thrown passes. He also was hurt by losing his No.1 receiver (Will Fuller), left tackle (Ronnie Stanley), center (Nick Martin), and running back (C.J. Prosise) to the NFL. In 2015, Kizer completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,884 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He picked up 520 yards with 10 scores on the ground.
Arizona could lose Kevin Minter in free agency after the season and Minter was a mild disappointment anyway. Here's an upgrade for the Cardinals with a player who fits their defensive mentality. <br> <br>
In 2016, Foster amassed 115 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, five sacks and two passes broken up. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder came on strong late in the 2015 season for Alabama and had the game of his life in the National Championship against Clemson. He totaled 73 tackles with eight for a loss, two sacks and nine passes batted for the year. The light looked like it clicked on for Foster toward the end of the 2015 season as he was suddenly a different player. He carried that over into his senior year, when he was a physical force. Foster is a fast, athletic linebacker who can go sideline-to-sideline while also dishing out punishing hits when he gets there. <br> <br>
Trade: New Orleans Saints trade this pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for the 13th pick and Arizona's 4th and 5th round picks
New Orleans saw their three targets taken at picks 7 through 9, so they're happy to move down and pick up a couple extra selections. Arizona could use a long term solution at QB and they do sound interested in Deshaun Watson. Knowing Cleveland would also be interested, they decide to jump up past them to get their man. Some feel as though Watson isn't worthy of this selection, but I feel like he has proven himself the most amongst the eligible QBs in this draft class and should be fine come draft day provided he doesn't completely bomb the draft process. He's torn apart very good Alabama defenses the last two years in championship games and would give the Cardinals a guy who could make things happen outside the pocket, which is something they don't currently get with Carson Palmer.