Not everyone likes Arizona Cardinals' selections in 2020 NFL draft

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The majority of NFL pundits have raved about the Arizona Cardinals' 2020 NFL draft class in their analysis and grades of the team's selections.

But not everyone is high on general manager Steve Keim's picks.

The team has received some criticism for their overall draft haul, with one writer saying overall that it "isn't an impressive class."

Check out some of the criticism that has been leveled at the Cardinals for their selections in the 2020 NFL draft.

For the Win had the Cardinals' draft class ranked No. 22 in NFL.

Steven Ruiz wrote: "I’m not as high on Simmons as most draft pundits, but the Cardinals need more athleticism at the second level of the defense and he’ll certainly add that. They drafted another starter in Jones, who was seen as a first-round prospect by a lot of people. After that, this isn’t an impressive class. Fotu is one-dimensional and inconsistent. Lawrence and Weaver aren’t difference makers. Benjamin is a good player but he’s a depth pick. Unfortunately, I’m not counting DeAndre Hopkins, who cost Arizona a second-rounder, as a part of this class."

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Logan Mullen wrote: "They did about as well as they could for a team that didn’t have a pick between Nos. 8 and 72. Isaiah Simmons addresses an immediate need, but they didn’t upgrade the offense much — although they did that last month by acquiring DeAndre Hopkins."

Utah Utes defensive tackle Leki Fotu (99) was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2020 NFL draft.

CBS Sports wrote that the Isaiah Simmons pick was a questionable one for the Cardinals.

Pete Prisco writes: "I didn’t love the pick of Isaiah Simmons in the first round. He’s a good player, but where does he play? How they figure that out will ultimately decide if it’s a good pick." 

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For the Win's Steven Ruiz doubled down on his distaste for the Cardinals' pick of Isaiah Simmons, giving it a C- grade.

Ruiz wrote: "Isaiah Simmons is billed as a positionless player but that’s not necessarily a good thing. At Clemson, he was asked to play just about every position on the defense, and he was never able to focus or learn just one. If Arizona wants to get the most out of him, they will let him focus on the linebacker position before expanding his role. Here’s the problem: Simmons isn’t great at taking on blockers and making tackles in the run game, so it’s not a given that he can even hold up at linebacker. If he’s just a box safety, the Cardinals aren’t getting good value here."

Cards Wire broke down what to like and what not to like of each of the Cardinals' picks in the 2020 NFL draft.

Jess Root wrote of what not to like about the Simmons' pick: "However, the Cardinals did draft a player who doesn’t have a place to start right now. It will be up to Vance Joseph to utilize him in a way that allows him to show off his versatility. Also, the Cardinals potentially missed out on a top tackle prospect. There also might have been the opportunity to trade down, select receiver CeeDee Lamb and pick up a second-round pick. Would the combination of someone like Lamb and another player in the second round have a bigger impact than Simmons alone? That is the question that needs to be answered."

He wrote of what not to like about the Josh Jones pick in the third round: "It doesn’t appear likely, at least initially, that he will start in 2020, so the offensive line will not be upgraded. There is the question as to whether he can play right tackle. He only played left tackle in college. While it is believed he can make the switch, we also saw D.J. Humphries struggle on the right side."

Of what not to like about the team's selection of ASU running back Eno Benjamin in the seventh round, he wrote: "He had ball control issues last season. He can be indecisive as a runner. He will have to make an impact on special teams and, therefore, have to do more overall than what D.J. Foster can offer."

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Overall, however, the Arizona Cardinals' 2020 NFL draft class has been praised.

Many NFL writers like the value the team received for several of the selections and like what Steve Keim has put together on paper for the 2020 season.

How it performs on the football field is now what only really matters.

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