NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals to get help for Kyler Murray in 2020 NFL draft

Jeremy Cluff
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Is it too early to start thinking about next year, Arizona Cardinals fans?

Evidently not, according to some early 2020 NFL mock drafts.

An 0-3-1 start to the season has many looking at the roster deficiencies of the Cardinals, and what can be done to improve them.

NFL writers share their thoughts on Arizona in their NFL mock drafts for 2020 and many of them have the Cardinals picking up some help for quarterback Kyler Murray in the first round, whether it be in an offensive lineman or a wide receiver.

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Fansided: Cardinals select Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa with No. 7 pick

Dan Schmelzer writes: "As an extremely well-rounded defensive lineman, Epenesa would pair tremendously with Chandler Jones for the Arizona Cardinals up front. They would probably rather find an offensive lineman to protect Murray here, but Epenesa is a fantastic football player who could come in and make an immediate impact."

CBS Sports: Cardinals draft Georgia OT Andrew Thomas at No. 4

Ryan Wilson writes: "Kyler Murray has already been sacked 20 times this season and if Kliff Kingsbury's offense is going to have any chance of working, the Cards will need to protect the franchise QB. Thomas not only looks the part at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, he plays like a dominant left tackle. He's again protecting Jake Fromm's blind side at Georgia through quick feet, athleticism and strength. Coming into 2019, Thomas has allowed just four sacks in two seasons and he can take over in the run game."

Sporting News: Cardinals pick Washington OT Trey Adams at No. 6

Vinnie Iyer writes: "Adams has a massive frame (6-8, 327 pounds) reminiscent of that of former Cardinal Jared Veldheer. He brings a good blend of smooth pass protection and needed power in the running game, which would be a nice mix for Kyler Murray and David Johnson."

Walter Football: Cardinals choose Auburn DE/DT Derrick Brown at No. 6

It writes: "The Cardinals have needed a strong presence on the defensive line ever since losing Calais Campbell to the Jaguars. Here's a great replacement for Campbell. Derrick Brown has great size (6-5, 316) and tons of upside. He can be a great interior disruptor if he lives up to his potential. He had a chance to be a top-five pick (No. 4 overall?) in the 2019 NFL Draft before he returned to school."

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Draft Tek: Cardinals go with Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy at No. 5

It writes: "All during the summer we were touting that GM Steve Keim is surrounding Kyler Murray with a wealth of pass-catching talent: Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk leading the way. Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson added in the draft, and finally bringing Michael Crabtree and Damiere Byrd into the mix. Well, Butler is on IR, Isabella hasn't earned snaps yet, Crabtree's been released, and now Christian Kirk has sprained an ankle in the Seattle loss. This is all bad news for HC Kliff Kingsbury, who likes to operate with 4- and 5-WR sets. With Fitz' potential retirement, it's becoming likely that WR will again be a focus in the next draft."

NBC Sports: Cardinals take LSU safety Grant Delpit at No. 5

Ben Standig writes: "The versatile Delpit could be the next significant playmaking safety to enter the league."

Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) could provide Kyler Murray some much needed help on the Arizona Cardinals.

Bleacher Report: Cardinals end up taking Delpit at No. 7

Draft Site: Cardinals select Penn State DE Yetur Gross-Matos at No. 7 Cardinals draft Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb at No. 6

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