NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals pair Kyler Murray with Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb
The Arizona Cardinals would hold the No. 7 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, if the draft were held today.
We're still months away from them making their first-round selection (April 23), but if early NFL mock drafts are any indication, wide receiver and offensive lineman could be priority positions for the team.
Could the team add an offensive lineman to protect quarterback Kyler Murray or could it go for a wide receiver for him to throw to with their first 2020 draft pick?
Check out the latest 2020 NFL mock draft projections for the Arizona Cardinals.
Sporting News: Cardinals take Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy at No. 8
Vinnie Iyer writes: "The Cardinals have considerable defensive needs, too, but it would be difficult for offensive-minded coach Kliff Kingsbury not to help Kyler Murray reach another level with his receiving corps by pushing GM Steve Keim to take the best player available. We'll see about Larry Fitzgerald returning, but Christian Kirk is better as a quick No. 2 behind a true No. 1. Jeudy fits that profile as a classic intermediate-to-deep playmaker and drive-finisher at 6-1, 198 pounds."
Fansided: Cardinals select Jeudy at No. 8
A.J. Fagerlin writes: "He is explosive when the ball is snapped and can quickly run right by his defender. He uses his head and eyes very well to throw off the defender and get him off balance. Kyler Murray would love a reliable receiver like Jeudy to throw to going forward. Unfortunately, Larry Fitzgerald will have to hang it up sometime soon, and while Christian Kirk has played well when on the field this season, the Cardinals are going to need another playmaker on the outside. The best receiver of the draft class would do just fine here at eight. It is clear that Arizona wants to give Murray everything that they can for him to succeed, and Jeudy would be a very welcomed sight by Murray and coach Kliff Kingsbury. While they have a plethora of other needs that will have to be addressed if they want to compete in the tough NFC West, the Cardinals get a lot better by taking the best player on the board at this point in the 2020 NFL Draft."
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tankathon: Cardinals go with Jeudy at No. 7
CBS Sports: Cardinals go with Auburn DL Derrick Brown at No. 8
Josh Edwards writes: "Brown has been a popular pick for the Cardinals because of the age of Corey Peters, a great character veteran that will take Brown under his wings."
Walter Football: Cardinals pick Brown at No. 8
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 Wire: Cardinals end up with Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs at No. 8
Luke Easterling writes: "The Cards need to protect their investment in 2019 No. 1 pick Kyler Murray, and that means getting him a franchise left tackle. Wirfs is a polished, powerful blocker who could be a plug-and-play starter in one of the NFL’s most vastly improved offenses."
Draft Tek: Cardinals select Wirfs at No. 9
It writes: "Overall, the Cards rank 20th in Total Offense with 343.9 ypg and 15th in points per game at 22.5, not great, but a dramatic improvement from 2018's 241 ypg and 14.1 ppg --both last in the league. The primary draft target will continue to be the Offensive Line, which, unless re-signed, will lose tackles D.J. Humphries and Marcus Gilbert to Free Agency."
Draft Site: Cardinals pick Wirfs at No. 8
Yardbarker: Cardinals pick Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb at No. 8
It writes: "Arizona went heavy at wideout in this year's draft, but the opportunity to add Lamb, a former teammate of Kyler Murray at Oklahoma, could be too attractive to pass up. Lamb has been nothing but productive in college and is well on pace to have his best season, with 44 receptions for 999 yards and 14 touchdowns through 10 games."
My NFL Draft: Cardinals end up with Lamb at No. 8
NJ.com: Cardinals go with Georgia OT Andrew Thomas at No. 9
Mike Kaye writes: "The Cardinals need to do a better job of protecting quarterback Kyler Murray. While D.J. Humphries has provided a veteran presence for the young quarterback, Thomas would be an upgrade in talent. Thomas, a two-year starter at left tackle, also has the versatility to play on the right side. He has started 29 games over the past three seasons."
NBC Sports: Cardinals land Thomas at No. 8
Tyler Roman writes: "You need to protect your investment and that’s exactly what the Cardinals are doing here in providing a blindside protector for QB Kyler Murray. Thomas will be a plug and play starter for the next 5-10 years at LT."