Monday, May 6, 2024

Way-too-early Arizona Cardinals 2025 NFL mock draft roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2025 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:

Fox Sports - Rob Rang (5/3)

7. Kelvin Banks Jr., OT, Texas

Banks has been money at left tackle for the Longhorns the past two seasons, earning all-conference accolades both years, including first-team honors in 2023. Similar in some ways to this year's No. 20 overall selection Troy Fautanu, Banks' lack of ideal height — Texas lists him at 6-foot-4 and 324 pounds) — may push him inside to guard in the NFL. Regardless, he's great lineman.

ESPN - Jordan Reid (5/2)

7. Will Johnson, CB, Michigan

At 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds, Johnson is a big, patient corner with fluid hips and excellent movement skills. He transitions in and out of his backpedal extremely well, though he will need to become more disciplined in coverage this season before turning pro. He can be overaggressive attacking routes. Still, Johnson allowed just 14 catches into his coverage last season (zero TDs) and hauled in four interceptions. I could see some comparisons to Pat Surtain II coming his way. Arizona drafted Max Melton and signed Sean Murphy-Bunting, but the CB room still has a ways to go.

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San Diego Union-Tribune - Eddie Brown (5/2)

7. Mason Graham, IDL, Michigan

The Cardinals didn't draft a true defensive tackle this year despite that being one of their bigger needs. Graham has been a disruptive force against the pass and run for the Wolverines.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (4/30)

7. Abdul Carter, EDGE, Penn State

Watching the Penn State defensive prospects last season, Carter was clearly the star for a front seven that produced multiple top-100 picks. Formerly a linebacker, he is expected to play more of a pass-rushing role in 2023. Early warning: The Micah Parsons comparisons will be rampant.

PFF - Max Chadwick (4/29)

7. Deone Walker, IDL, Kentucky

Walker is a true alien. He is 6-foot-6 and 348 pounds and led all FBS interior defensive linemen in pressures (51) this past season. He is incredibly agile for a player that size and has the sheer strength to ragdoll offensive linemen. The Cardinals didn't select a true defensive tackle in the 2024 NFL Draft despite that being one of their bigger needs, so Walker makes the most sense here.

The 33rd Team - Marcus Mosher (4/29)

8. Harold Perkins Jr., EDGE/LB, LSU

Harold Perkins is a very undersized pass rusher (6-foot-1, 220 pounds), but he has been productive multiple years in the SEC and will be one of the youngest players in the class. He has 26 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons and was No. 1 in the SEC in forced fumbles during the 2023 season. He is a difficult projection, but should still be a top-10 pick.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (4/28)

5. Mason Graham, IDL, Michigan

The cupboard is hardly bare at Michigan even after a school-record 13 players were taken in this year's draft. Graham joins Johnson as a defender who has already set a sky-high standard during his first two seasons with the Wolverines.

Despite adding a defensive player in each of the first five rounds of the draft this year, the Cardinals are still short on true difference-makers on that side of the ball. Graham could team with first-rounder Darius Robinson to provide some serious power up front for Jonathan Gannon's crew.

CBS Sports - Ryan Wilson (4/28)

7. Will Johnson, CB, Michigan

Johnson is a prototypical perimeter corner in that he's long, physical and plays with suddenness. He's a difference-maker, both at the catch point and as a tackler.

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