Karlaftis is another player teams seem to be being dumb on.
He's going to be very good in the NFL.
I agree, but where I struggle with Karlaftis is:
Can he be a 3-4 backer? Or is he a 3-4 end?
If he is a 3-4 end, does he play over Zach Allen/JJ Watt?
If the team thinks he's a 3-4 backer, cool, I'm down with taking him. You could also make the argument that he is a good enough team defender that he is worth it on rotation.
Or just take Boye Mafe, who's athletic profile screams elite pass rusher once he gets pro coaching and pro training. Ebiketie does as well. One of them should be there.
What I do like about this draft is that the Cardinals could do a number of things and any of them makes sense.
Mafe, Ebiketie, Pickens, Dotson, Zion Johnson, Linderbaum...all could be pretty good.
If I'm Keim and I had a choice of all of these guys, I'd go with the guy that I thought was the most sure thing. We can all sit here on our keyboards and think we know what the Cardinals know, but we really don't. We don't know which of these guys don't really love football, or what guy has a knee that's about to give out.
That's why as I have gotten older, I'm not nearly as critical of Cardinals drafts as I used to be. There is a significant amount of hoping and projecting that goes on.
Look at Schneider with the Seahawks: after his first three seasons, everyone was about to crown that dude as best GM later. Now he looks like a guy who got extremely lucky. That dude misses constantly. The Seahawks fans would be ecstatic if they drafted an OL as good as DJ Humphries.