NFL mock draft: Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton or Andrew Thomas for Cardinals?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Most recent NFL mock draft projections for the Arizona Cardinals for the 2020 NFL draft have the team selecting an offensive tackle with their first-round pick.

But they don't agree on which offensive tackle.

 Alabama OT Jedrick Wills Jr., Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs, Lousiville OT Mekhi Becton and Georgia OT Andrew Thomas are all projected to land with the Cardinals at No. 8 in recent NFL draft predictions.

Wills and Wirfs currently show up in more recent projections than Becton and Thomas, but all four have consistently been linked to Arizona over the past few weeks.

Check out what the latest NFL mock drafts are predicting for the Cardinals in the 2020 NFL draft, which is scheduled to begin on April 23.

USA TODAY Sports: Cardinals select Alabama OT Jedrick Wills Jr.

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz writes: "Yes, a defense that ranked last in total yards allowed still needs reinforcements. But in sheer value, Wills provides a return that's as good or better of any option here, as his remarkable agility and sheer force are evident in almost every block."

CBS Sports: Cardinals go with Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs

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Bleacher Report: Cardinals pick Louisville OT Mekhi Becton

NBC Sports: Cardinals select Alabama OT Jedrick Wills Jr.

Tyler Roman writes: "The Cardinals pulled off the steal of the offseason after acquiring WR DeAndre Hopkins from Houston, so now they turn their attention to protecting Kyler Murray. Jedrick Wills has really shot up draft boards in the last few months. He’s in contention with Mekhi Becton to be the first tackle off the board. Wills has played mostly on the right side in his career but his skill set will translate easily to the left side due to his athleticism and sound technique if necessary."

Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. is a very popular pick for the Arizona Cardinals in recent NFL mock drafts for the 2020 NFL draft.

SB Nation: Cardinals choose Alabama OT Jedrick Wills Jr.

Dan Kadar writes: "If the Cardinals suspect a team will leap them for an offensive tackle, they could try to move up themselves. General manager Steve Keim is a willing trade partner, but I held Arizona at No. 8 in this mock draft. If Keim is unsuccessful moving up in the real draft, taking Wills would still give them the right tackle they need."

NESN: Cardinals take Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs

Zack Cox writes: "Kyler Murray has weapons — especially with DeAndre Hopkins now aboard — but he needs protection after being sacked 50 times last season."

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Matt de Lima writes: "Protecting Kyler Murray should be priority No. 1. Wills is your classic mauler. “The first guy off the bus,” as I’ve heard them called. Again, I feel this OT class is so good at the top that Wirfs, Wills and Thomas are almost interchangeable."

Bleacher Report: Cardinals go with Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs

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

CBS Sports: Cardinals select Georgia OT Andrew Thomas

Ryan Wilson writes:  "The Cardinals need to get better up front; the O-line ranked 21st in run blocking and 26th in pass blocking, according to Football Outsiders. Andrew Thomas was a three-year starter at Georgia where he was dominant at times in protecting Jake Fromm and blocking for D'Andre Swift." Cardinals end up with Louisville OT Mekhi Becton

Cynthia Frelund writes: "Adding ( stealing) DeAndre Hopkins and then drafting Becton increases the Cardinals' win-total projection by more than two Ws in my model. That's a really big jump. Becton's athleticism fits the projected pace of play in this Kliff Kingsbury/ Kyler Murray system very well."

Not everyone is projecting the Cardinals to take an offensive lineman at No. 8.

The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman is projecting Arizona to land Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons.

He writes : "Previously, the choice here was Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb. He’s still available, but will the Cardinals take him after that steal of a trade for DeAndre Hopkins? It could happen, yes, and a lot of people would love it, including me. What’s wrong with doubling down on offense? In Simmons, though, Arizona gets another steal in a multi-positional playmaker who can do everything. Remember, free-agent addition De’Vondre Campbell only signed a one-year deal. Simmons gives them a long-term answer who can play inside backer, rush the passer, cover tight ends, and drop back and cover deeper passing routes, too. He’s a bigger, meaner version of the Honey Badger. An offensive lineman is an option here, but maybe less likely if Simmons is still on the board."

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