Owner: @donovanhorn – 1 DE, 1 OG, 1 QB, 1 OT, 1 CB, 1 LB –> 6
1.05 (005) Arizona (5-11) – @donovanhorn – Robert Quinn, DE – UNC
2.06 (038) Arizona (5-11) @donovanhorn – Marcus Cannon, OG – TCU
2.24 (056) Arizona (From Ten) @donovanhorn – Jake Locker, QB – Washington
5.05 (136) Arizona Cardinals: Chris Hairston, OT – Clemson
6.19 (184) Arizona Cardinals(f/TB/PHI): Byron Maxwell, CB – Clemson
7.46 (249) Arizona Cardinals(comp): Markell White, OLB – Central Ark
Arizona Cardinals have traded picks 3.05, 4.06 & 6.06 for Tennesse Titans 2.24
In one or the more impressive drafts in MockOne, the Cardinals manage to address three of their biggest need area with prospects who possess at least some elite qualities. In addition, they may have gotten the best risk/reward bargain on any of the signal callers in this class.
First, the Cardinals managed to address their deficient pass rush by selecting Robert Quinn with their top pick. Because he was ineligible to play last season, Quinn doesn’t have a very long resume and isn’t the most polished player on tape. However, he also has more pass rush upside than any other play in the draft. Though he looked a bit awkward in LB drills at his pro day, Quinn should be able to make the move to 3-4 outside linebacker and thrive in Arizona’s defense.
Near the top of the second round, Arizona selected supersized TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon. Some may consider Cannon a bit of a reach at this point of the draft, but the big man’s exactly the kind of road-grading offensive lineman that the Cards prefer. With Russ Grimm’s coaching, Cannon could become an excellent pro, especially if he’s allowed to play inside at guard.
The team also got the risk/reward calculation right by packaging a few picks to move back into the second round for Jake Locker. Though Locker’s play last fall exposed some flaws in his game, he’s a much more promising signal caller than the young quarterbacks currently on the Cardinals’ roster. Ken Whisenhunt spent some time in Pittsburgh coaching another mobile, strong-armed quarterback; hopefully, he’ll find a way to get Locker to match Big Ben’s impressive on-field activity.
Graded by Aaron Aloysius – DraftBreakdown.com – @AaronAloysius