Sunday, April 3, 2022

Arizona Cardinals 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 6.0

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:

SI - Kevin Hanson (4/1)

23. Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

McDuffie has just average size and lacks length (sub-30" arms), but he's aggressive and physical in run support and limits yards after the catch. He has outstanding short-area quickness, fluid hips and is rarely out of position.

CBS Sports - Kyle Stackpole (4/1)

23. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

The release of Jordan Phillips means the Cardinals could use an immediately starter at nose tackle. Enter Davis, who alongside J.J. Watt would provide Arizona with a lethal duo as it attempts to slow down the offenses of the NFC West.

Yahoo! Sports - Eric Edholm (3/31)

23. Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

They don't seem to mind undersized DBs, and if this pick works out as well as the last Huskies DB they took (Budda Baker), it would be a two-run homer. McDuffie fills a big need and can match Baker's on-field intensity. They just need as many quality dart throws as possible at this position.

ESPN - Mike Tannenbaum (3/30)

23. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan

Ojabo tore an Achilles during Michigan's pro day, and there's a chance he falls even further than this. But Arizona should be excited to land a player with his pass-rushing traits, even if it means he won't debut until, at the earliest, late in the 2022 season. Chandler Jones is gone. J.J. Watt and Markus Golden are both north of 30 years old. We've seen players suffer injuries during the draft process and still go on to be high picks and excel in the NFL, including cornerback Sidney Jones IV and defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons. And once Arizona gets Ojabo back to full strength, it would have a productive disruptor off the edge. - Bucky Brooks (3/29)

23. Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia

The monstrous defensive tackle possesses the strength, power and explosiveness to create chaos between the tackles. Davis plays like a bull in a china shop at the point of attack and would give the Cardinals a disruptive defender in the middle of their front line.

The Draft Network - Brentley Weissman (3/28)

23. Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota

The Cardinals need to bolster their pass rush with the loss of Chandler Jones and do so here with the addition of Minnesota's Boye Mafe. Mafe is a long and athletic edge rusher who is just scratching the surface of his potential. He has a very good first step and is explosive off the edge.

The Athletic - Beat Writer Mock (3/28)

23. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

Lindsay Jones: The Cardinals likely would have preferred an edge rusher or defensive lineman here. But after an early run on front-four players took guys like George Karlaftis and Devonte Wyatt off the board, Arizona will address another need and select Booth, a versatile cornerback who will help beef up a Cardinals secondary ahead of division matchups against receivers like Allen Robinson and Cooper Kupp in Los Angeles, Deebo Samuel in San Francisco and D.K. Metcalf in Seattle.

Brugler: We don't have verified testing data on Booth because of a strained quad and hernia surgery that has sidelined him throughout the draft process. That might push him down the draft a tad, but like Lindsay points out, the Cardinals have a need at cornerback, especially in that division. There is some volatility on his tape, but Booth is a fluid athlete who can find the football.

PFF - Austin Gayle (3/28)

23. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

Booth, a former five-star recruit, is an aggressive tackler and a smooth athlete who improved his PFF grade every year of his Clemson career. The 6-foot, 195-pounder closed the 2021 season with a 78.7 PFF coverage grade, having allowed just 29 receptions for 312 yards on 46 targets. He also allowed just two touchdowns while logging three pass breakups and three picks.

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