MadCards 2024 Cardinals Mock Draft V2.0

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In my first mock I had the Cardinals getting lucky with 3 QBs getting selected with the first 3 picks leaving MHJr right there for the Cardinals to select. Well in this version of my mock draft I have the Cardinals draft starting the same way:

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#4 - Marvin Harrison JR - WR - OSU
6'4" 205 lbs

The Biggest no brainer in sports. The Cardinals are in desperate need of a big physical WR who can play outside. They have MHJ staring them right in the face. Monti decides to give Kyler another weapon to pair with Connor and McBride. Number 1 WR... Check!

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#27 - Byron Murphy II - DT - Texas
6'1" 297 lbs
A massive run on QBs, WRs and Offensive Linemen has Murphy dropping to the Cardinals. Monti addressed the OL with a first rounder in his first season with the team, and now he addresses the DL in the first round of his second draft. Murphy is an instant starter who is explosive off the line and has elite athleticism for a man his size.


TRADE: Atlanta trades #43 and #109 in exchange for the Cardinals #35


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#43 - Cooper Beebe - OG - Kansas St
6'3" 322 lbs
The Cardinals are able to move back and acquire an extra 4th round pick while still landing their targeted player in Beebe. Cooper is a physical Guard who can move the pile. He will slide right into the LG hole. The left side of the Cardinals OL will be set for the next decade.

TRADE: Arizona trades #66 and #109 in exchange for the Eagles #53


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#53 - Javon Bullard - S - Georgia
5'11" 195 lbs

The Cardinals need more "Big Javon's" or was it "Big John's", I can't remember. Using the extra 4th picked up from the Atlanta Trade the Cardinals move up to select Bullard. In my V1.0 Cardinals Mock I had the Cardinals taking Bullard in the 3rd, but with the amazing offseason that he has had it looks like he will be going somewhere in the second round. Initially this provides more depth for the Defensive side of the ball. When Budda and/or JT missed games with injuries this past season, the lack of depth at safety became obvious. Adding Bullard will add another player capable of providing much needed depth there. The Cardinals love that he is physical and plays smart. With Baker on his last year of his contract this provides a way forward for the Cardinals at Safety. The future Cardinal backfield is Jalen and Javon.


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#71 - Nehemiah Prichett - CB - Auburn
6'0" 190 lbs

I don't see the Cardinals using a high round pick on a CB. I think Monti is fine with waiting till the 3rd to address this hole on the roster. Prichett has great size and length for a DB. He does a great job at breaking up passes as the ball reaches the WR. He will immediately compete with Clark for the 3rd CB spot.


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#90 - Brenden Rice - WR - USC
6'2" 208 lbs

The Cardinals go Full Pedigree at the WR position and bring in Jerry Rice's son Brenden from USC. This pick continues the trend of getting bigger at the WR position. I think it will take a few years of seasoning before Rice is a starter but he has the potential to grow into a solid #3 WR for this team. Plus he is a local boy and went to High School with my kids a Hamilton HS in Chandler.


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#104 - Ray Davis - RB - Kentucky
5'8" 211 lbs

Davis is a compact physical runner who can run between the tackles and catch the ball out of the backfield. He is a surprisingly good pass catcher despite having smaller hands. While he isn't a home run hitter when it comes to speed, he is a very polished back that the coaching staff can rely on from day one.


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#138 - Andru Phillips - CB - Kentucky
5'11" 190 lbs

The Cardinals go back to back Kentucky players. In 2023 the Cardinals brought in two CBs for pre draft visits (Garrett Williams & Kei'Trel Clark). In 2024 they also brought in two CBs on visits (Nehemiah Prichett & Andru Phillips). I'm going with a trend and have the Cardinals bringing in Phillips to compete for a roster spot.


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#162 - Gabe Hall - DT - Baylor
6'6" 291 lbs

The Cardinals add another big body up front. He is a great athlete for a guy his size. Nick Rallis gets more reinforcements.



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#186 - "Big John" Thomas Jr - OT - Mercer

@Stout says we need more "Big John's" so I found this guy for him.

#226 - "JAG"
 
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Not sure I'm excited for a guard in round two. One of the biggest NFL draft hacks is round 4 guards. A ridiculously high percentage of guards who run the short shuttle in 4.47 seconds or less are successful.

Dominick Puni, Dylan McMahon, and Tanor Bortolini are three guys who fit this mold.
 
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Not sure I'm excited for a guard in round two. One of the biggest NFL draft hacks is round 4 guards. A ridiculously high percentage of guards who run the short shuttle in 4.47 seconds or less are successful.

Dominick Puni, Dylan McMahon, and Tanor Bortolini are three guys who fit this mold.

Beebe is a pretty badass LG though. Watch how well he moves and how physical he plays:

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FYI Beebe didn't hit the 4.47 second threshold for the short shuttle. He ran a 4.61.

Not a disqualifier by any means, but it might mean he's not as effective pulling and in space
 
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FYI Beebe didn't hit the 4.47 second threshold for the short shuttle. He ran a 4.61.

Not a disqualifier by any means, but it might mean he's not as effective pulling and in space
If you watch the tape though it doesn't appear he has any problem pulling or getting to the second level.

I can't get enough of watching BeeBe maul people:

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There’s just no actual measurable evidence of this theory. Thankfully nfl personnel don’t live and die by this mantra.
This article talks about the data a bit. There are plenty more if you feel like doing the research (I have).

 

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This article talks about the data a bit. There are plenty more if you feel like doing the research (I have).

Lol that article does not support the proposition that the delta between a guard drafted early and one drafted later is less than at other positions. Fail on this one buddy.
 

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Lol that article does not support the proposition that the delta between a guard drafted early and one drafted later is less than at other positions. Fail on this one buddy.
No it supports that you can readily find a starter in round four. That cannot be said for nearly any other position!
 

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