NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals get help on defense in first round of 2020 NFL draft

Jeremy Cluff
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If the NFL draft were today, the Arizona Cardinals would pick in the middle of the first round, with either pick No. 16 or No. 17 depending on how tiebreakers fell.

Let that sink in for a second.

Arizona is 3-3-1 seven games into Kliff Kingsbury's tenure as coach and Kyler Murray's tenure as quarterback.

The Cardinals won three games last season when they had the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

Check out who recent NFL mock drafts have Arizona selecting in the 2020 NFL draft and where they have the Cardinals picking entering Week 8 of the NFL season.

Most recent NFL draft projections have Arizona getting adding some help on defense with their first selection.

CBS Sports: Cardinals take Penn State edge rusher Yetur Gross-Matos at No. 17

Ryan Wilson writes: "Terrell Suggs is 37 years old and you can never have enough young pass rushers. Gross-Matos shows good pursuit down the line of scrimmage, the ability to make backside tackles and uses his quickness to knife through the line. He needs to get stronger but has the quickness to regularly find himself making plays in the backfield."

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Walter Football: Cardinals go with Auburn DE/DT Derrick Brown at No. 17

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."

Fansided: Cardinals select Iowa Edge rush A.J. Epenesa at No. 17

Brad Weiss writes: "The Arizona Cardinals have hit their stride in their first season with Kliff Kingsbury as head coach, and head into Week 8 fresh off their third straight victory. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray has looked outstanding in his first season in the league, and this past weekend, the other side of the ball really stepped up against the New York Giants. While the team is set at quarterback for the foreseeable future, they could look to the defense when it comes to bringing in their first round pick next April. While Chandler Jones is one of the better pass rushing talents the league has to offer, a guy like A.J. Epenesa from Iowa would be a nice compliment to him on the edges next season. Of course, Epenesa is an elite edge rushing talent, and he could certainly be gone by the time the Cardinals pick at No. 17. Still, imagine a world where he and Jones are flying off the edge every play, because that is a world that would be a complete nightmare for opposing quarterbacks for years to come."

Iowa Hawkeyes defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94) pressures Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) at Jack Trice Stadium earlier this season. Could the Arizona Cardinals pick Epenesa in the 2020 NFL draft?

NFL Spin Zone: Cardinals choose Alabama DT Raekwon Davis at No. 12

Randy Gurzi writes: "After considering turning pro last season, Raekwon Davis went back to Alabama for his senior season. He lands with the Arizona Cardinals here and can be a huge addition to their line. Strong as they come, Davis is also a good pass rusher. Arizona added a lot of weapons on offense in the 2019 draft and they start to rebuild the other side here. Davis had a breakout season in 2017 when he had 69 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Since then, he hasn’t been as disruptive in the passing game, recording just 1.5 sacks in 2018, but he’s still constantly around the ball and can shut down the run game."

CBS Sports: Cardinals land Clemson safety Isaiah Simmons at No. 17

Chris Trapasso writes: "The Cardinals offense is starting to click. How about some defensive additions, Kliff? Simmons would be a fine start."

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NFL mocks: Cardinals end up with Auburn DE/DT Derrick Brown at No. 14

Dan Schmelzer writes: "Simply put, Derrick Brown is a dynamic playmaker up front who would immediately be a game-changer for the Cardinals defensive unit. Getting an offensive player to help Murray grow would be ideal, but the Cardinals still find themselves a great player who can make an impact for their team."

tankathon: Cardinals pick Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III at No. 17

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