Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Arizona Cardinals 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Arizona Cardinals from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks from recent NFL mock drafts for the Cardinals:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (4/13)

23. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Burks can be used in different roles -- he even ran 19 routes out of the backfield last season -- and will be dynamic after the catch. He will take screens and short passes for scores. For Arizona, this is about helping replacing Christian Kirk and getting some help for an offense that struggled when DeAndre Hopkins went down last season.

The Draft Network - Keith Sanchez (4/13)

23. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa

The Cardinals once again lost steam toward the end of the season, resulting in a lackluster finish and performance in the playoffs. Most people are choosing to blame Kyler Murray for the offense's struggles during the back half of the season, but I believe that those struggles were due to a lack of being able to run the football.

To help Murray and this offense, the Cardinals draft interior offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum. He is an athletic player that should fit well in this scheme and help open some holes to give the Cardinals a more formidable running game. - Lance Zierlein (4/12)

TRADE - 29. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

Trading back with the Chiefs give Arizona additional draft capital -- and the Cardinals still get to add a full-package runner with the ability to impact the game on all three downs.

CBS Sports - Will Brinson (4/12)

23. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

The Cardinals going WR again feels like a surprise, but losing Christian Kirk this offseason puts a dent into the depth chart. Grabbing Burks would be a nice fit with the combo of DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore.

PFF - Anthony Treash (4/11)

23. Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

Elam put up a PFF coverage grade of 89.8 as a true freshman in 2019 and followed that up with an 81.0 grade as a sophomore in 2020, dominating so much that opposing offenses largely avoided him in 2021.

Elam was targeted three or fewer times in over half of his games this past year. However, his PFF grade was dragged down by penalties, which speaks volumes about how overly physical he can get.

Elam's game may take some time to translate to the NFL level, but he has the traits to be a quality press-man corner -- something Vance Joseph's defense desperately needs.

ESPN - Jordan Reid (4/11)

23. Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia

In need of help along the defensive line as well as at cornerback, the Cardinals have to get players who can create pressure on passers. Wyatt was somewhat of an unsung hero on Georgia's talented defensive front, and his stock has skyrocketed since the conclusion of the season.

He is an explosive and heavy-handed 3-technique tackle, a true gap penetrator who quickly can pierce the first level of the line. Combining that with a rugged base as a run defender, he fits what the Cardinals are sorely lacking.

CBS Sports - Ryan Wilson (4/11)

23. Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

Mafe had 7 sacks, 9 hits and 26 hurries in '21, and his mix of speed, bend and power was often overwhelming for opposing offensive tackles. That extended to the Senior Bowl where he dominated 1v1 and team drills, and then Mafe busted out a 4.53 40 at the combine. He may ultimately end up in Round 2 but it wouldn't be a surprise if he's among the first 32 picks. Plus, the Cards let Jordan Hicks and Chandler Jones walk in free agency so there's a gaping need for pass rushers.

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