Three and out: Arizona Cardinals' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits
In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look at each NFL team's situation and needs.
1. Sam Bradford signed this offseason, but his injury history and lack of a long-term deal leaves Arizona very much in play for one of the draft’s top quarterbacks. Sitting at No. 15 overall, however, the Cardinals are likely too far back to land one of the top four passers.
Advice: Arizona could try to make a big trade into the top six should someone like Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield or UCLA's Josh Rosen be available. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson could be an option at No. 15 or in a trade down, Or Arizona could look to target Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph either in the first or second round.
2. Cornerback Patrick Peterson said he felt the team needed “a true No. 2” to play alongside him. With the team releasing the versatile Tyrann Mathieu, the secondary certainly needs some retooling.
Advice: Louisville’s Jaire Alexander, Iowa’s Josh Jackson and Central Florida's Mike Hughes all could be in play at No. 15, but Auburn’s Carlton Davis and Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver could be solid Round 2 options.
3. The Cardinals signed veteran right tackle Andre Smith, but he’s 31 and might not be a stopgap solution. Arizona could get younger and add depth.
Advice: A poor combine performance could leave Oklahoma’s Orlando Brown waiting until Day 2 (or later) to hear his name called, but he could provide value for Arizona. Otherwise, Oregon’s Tyrell Crosby, Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill, and Louisville’s Geron Christian could all be second-to-third-round targets.
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