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Arizona Cardinals 2024 Team Mock Draft

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This could be a watershed Draft for the Arizona Cardinals. It feels to me like G.M. MONTI OSSENFORT showed a sharp eye for talent with his initial season’s work during the 2023 NFL Draft. In fact, I feel like he has put the team in a solid position to turn the corner regarding overall talent on his roster.

As I write this, the Cards own 11 Picks overall, with 7 of them falling in the Top 104 overall Picks. I would not rule out Ossenfort trading around to gain picks for the future, or perhaps move up in this year’s picking order.

We are going to stick with their current picks as we move into April. But I will project that quality may be more important than quantity already in their roster-building efforts. So let’s add more quality to the Cardinals roster.

Arizona Cardinals 2024 Team Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 4    MARVIN HARRISON, Jr.    WR     Ohio State    6’4/205    

At his best HARRISON could be the next Larry Fitzgerald for the Cardinals. At the very least he may be the next A.J. GREEN. Either way, he should be their WR1 with a very high ceiling. We don’t have workout numbers for him but the game tape is pretty convincing. 

Round 1, Pick 27    JACKSON POWERS-JOHNSON   OC    Oregon   6’3/333      

Their OL made solid strides last season, but JPJ would augment a solid brick wall to protect the pocket up the middle. He has the size and athleticism to control even the heftiest NT. Just watch some game tape of this guy pulling out to lead the run blocking. Then come back here and look at his size. Then shake your head in disbelief.

Round 2, Pick 35     ENNIS RAKESTRAW   CB   Missouri    6’/190    

One of the toughest run-support Corners in this Draft. And he will also rock receivers who cross his path. He is not a turnover machine, but he has great makeup speed and long arms to break up 50/50 throws. If you are a numbers evaluator then keep this in mind… at the Combine, he ran an OK 40 @ 4.51, but his 10-yard split was 1.54 seconds.

Round 3, Pick 66    COLE  BISHOP   S     Utah    6’2/210  

Sticking with a secondary that they shuffled in earnest last season they take a S who has been moving up prospect lists with his workouts post-2023 season. He hits a ton and has the speed to cover deep. Bishop posted a 4.45/40 in workouts. Despite some missed time for injuries during the season, he recorded 60 Tackles, 35 of them solo, while also adding 3 PD & 2 Int. 

Round 3, Pick 71    KRIS JENKINS   DT     Michigan   6’3/295      

Part of one of the strongest and deepest DL groups in college football last season. May see time at DT and DE depending upon down & distance. JENKINS is a trimmed-down and more athletic version of his dad, who was a dominating DT during an outstanding NFL career. 

Round 3, Pick 91     ISAAC GUERENDO   RB  Louisville    6’0/220  

The former track star has amazing speed for his size. His 4.33/40 at the Combine was the fastest for a RB, but not a surprise. He transferred to Louisville and ran for 810 yards @ 6.1ypc, including 11 TD in 2023. His biggest drawback is the fact that he usually gains exactly what is blocked for him. More straight-line than elusive at this stage of his career. Also seems average when it comes to after-contact-balance. Has shown himself to be a capable receiver.

Round 4, Pick 104     CARLTON JOHNSON     CB     Fresno State   5’11/170    

One of the fastest CBs in this Draft. Was a late add to the Senior Bowl roster and may have been the second-best CB in Mobile after MITCHELL/Toledo. Nickel Corner? Could well be. He recorded a GPS of well over 20 mph at the Senior Bowl and ran a scorching 4.28/40 at his Pro Day. A little guy, but his arms are a tad over 30″ long. 

Round 5, Pick 138      JAVON BAKER    WR   UCF   6’1/210      

Late developer who showed well at the Combine. Caught 52 passes at 21.9 ypc. Nice big hands @ 9 5/8″. 4.52/40 time may be deceiving. 

Round 5, Pick 162     KHRISTIAN BOYD    DT     N. Iowa    6’2/320

They need a big body with some athleticism to mix into their DL rotation. BOYD showed flashes during his college career. 

Round 6, Pick 186     GARRET GREENFIELD    OT   S. Dakota State    6’6/310    

Another big OL from the big-time SDSU FCS program. He has long-term starter’s potential. Just be a bit patient. Another Jack Rabbit hits the NFL scene.

Round 7, Pick 226       TYLER OWENS     S   Texas Tech    6’2/215    

Very athletic S, with great size/speed combo stats. Has been dinged up a bit, but nothing serious to date. Could star on Special Teams and eventually fight for a starting secondary job.

This group of Picks would be a solid haul for the CARDINALS and it doesn’t take into account OSSENFORT’s seeming penchant for “working” the Draft process to get what he wants/needs. 

Pigskin Paul

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