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NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals help Kyler Murray with replacement for Christian Kirk

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The 2022 NFL Draft begins with the first round on April 28.

What could the Arizona Cardinals do with their first selection, the No. 23 overall pick?

Many recent NFL draft projections think Arizona could land some help for quarterback Kyler Murray with its first-round pick, with several NFL mock drafts predicting that Arizona will take a wide receiver at No. 23.

Some think that picking a wide receiver could be a priority for the Cardinals with that pick, with many thinking that Christian Kirk will end up with another team in NFL free agency.

Check out the latest mock draft picks for the Cardinals in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft, beginning with the wide receiver selections, where Ohio State's Chris Olave and Alabama's Jameson Williams are trendy choices for Arizona.

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USA TODAY Sports: Cardinals choose Alabama WR Jameson Williams

Nate Davis writes: "ICYMI amid all those 40-yard dashes and questions about QB Kyler Murray’s future, the Cards extended the contracts of GM Steve Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury through 2027 during the combine. So rather than make more short-term decisions on expensive and aging veterans, why not take a longer view? Williams might be a top-10 pick had he not torn an ACL in the national championship loss to Georgia. He’s a burner who was remarkably productive in 2021, averaging 100 receiving yards and a TD catch per game. As soon as he’s healthy, he’s got the goods to eventually assume WR1 duties from DeAndre Hopkins and – in the nearer term, maybe even in 2022 – he can contribute to a team that may not be able to afford WRs A.J. Green and Christian Kirk."

Some NFL writers think that Jameson Williams would be a great fit with the Arizona Cardinals.

CBS Sports: Cardinals go with Ohio State WR Chris Olave

Chris Trapasso writes: "Olave is a high-floor wideout prospect who'd pair nicely with DeAndre Hopkins in Arizona."

Draft Wire: Cardinals go with Alabama WR Jameson Williams

Luke Easterling writes: "Kyler Murray’s future will continue to be the big story in Arizona, so don’t be surprised if this pick is spent with eyes on helping him continue his progression as the franchise quarterback. Williams is recovering from a torn ACL, but would have been the first receiver off the board at full strength."

NFL.com: Cardinals select Ohio State WR Chris Olave

Lance Zierlein writes: "Buttery-smooth athlete with home run speed and the athletic ability to uncover on all three levels. Olave can align all over the field, which is perfect for Kliff Kingsbury's offense."

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The Ringer: Cardinals pick Alabama WR Jameson Williams

Danny Kelly writes: "The Cardinals’ lack of receiver depth showed up in a big way after DeAndre Hopkins went down to a knee injury in Week 14, and now Christian Kirk is headed to free agency. If Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray want to avoid a late-season meltdown again in 2022, Williams will help. He may miss a few games to start the year as he rehabs from a torn ACL, but long term, he can be the field-tiling X factor that this offense needs."

For subscribers: Click here for Arizona Republic Cardinals beat writer's Bob McManaman's most recent first-round NFL mock draft, where he also has the Cardinals taking a wide receiver.

Will Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave still be available when the Arizona Cardinals pick at No. 23?

CBS Sports: Cardinals take Clemson CB Andrew Booth Jr.

Tom Fornelli writes: "Opinions vary about Booth. From a measurable standpoint, he's a no-doubter. He's got great size, speed and athleticism. He's competitive as hell and can play with a fiery demeanor you love to see in a defensive back. The problem is that sometimes that competitive nature causes him to be a little too quick and get himself into a bad position because of it. While I don't know that I'd use a top 15 pick on him, I'd be more than happy to snap him up here."

SB Nation: Cardinals land Penn State edge Arnold Ebiketie

Andrew Wilbar writes: "Ebiketie displayed impressive hand usage and bend when I watched him on tape, and his impressive athleticism was on full display at the combine. If Arizona is unable to retain Chandler Jones, Ebiketie would be solid value in the back half of round one as a replacement."

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Touchdown Wire: Cardinals pick Michigan edge David Ojabo

Mark Schofield writes: "Might the Arizona Cardinals address the defense for the third-straight year in the first round? Two years ago it was Isaiah Simmons, and last season the Cardinals added Zaven Collins at linebacker. With Chandler Jones facing free agency, adding a pass rusher could be a need. David Ojabo has the explosiveness and athleticism to be a force off the edge, and with some refinement to his pass rushing plan, he could be the perfect replacement for Jones if the veteran pass rusher finds himself a new home during the offseason."

How would Michigan's David Ojabo look in an Arizona Cardinals' uniform?

Sporting News: Cardinals choose Florida State edge Jermaine Johnson II

Vinnie Iyer writes: "The Cardinals will have a hard time re-signing Chandler Jones so this would be a nice pivot to maintain the strength of their pass rush. Johnson has flashed some welcome freakish qualities but more have gotten to see the all-around substance to his game."

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CBS Sports: Cardinals draft Florida CB Kaiir Elam

Josh Edwards writes: "Arizona addresses a need at cornerback with the selection of Elam. Often overlooked when discussing the top options at the position, Elam is a bigger cornerback with good production over the last three years. He has averaged two interceptions per season, with half of those coming against SEC competition."

Detroit Free Press: Cardinals end up with Washington CB Trent McDuffie

Dave Birkett writes: "McDuffie is one of the highest-floor cornerbacks in the draft and his lack of elite measurables could make him a steal in the second half of Round 1."

Would Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie be a good pick for the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft?

Bleacher Report: Cardinals pick Texas A&M OL Kenyon Green

It writes: "The Arizona Cardinals have much bigger issues to address than who to select with the 23rd pick. But the choice could help assuage the festering situation between the organization and quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray is demanding a new contract. The front office can appease the 2019 No. 1 selection by picking up his fifth-year rookie option and entering extension negotiations. Talented additions around the quarterback to make his life easier would be another step in the right direction."

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CBS Sports: Cardinals take Georgia DL Devonte Wyatt

Ryan Wilson writes: "Wyatt is another player who changed some minds with his Senior Bowl week and he continued to convince folks of his first-round talents by putting on a show at the combine. Incredibly quick off the snap and powerful once he gets going, he can be unstoppable when he's on his game."

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