Masters Weekend Thoughts With a Mock of Course


Crawled Through 5 FB Fields
Aug 10, 2005
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Wrentham, MA
1. I keep writing up my own 1st round mocks and searching all others to see if there will be a surprise player or two on the board at #24. Mostly, I am not seeing any surprises---but---if I had to guess at this point---some of the possibilities would be:

OLB Randy Gregory, Nebraska
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
CB Trae Waynes, Michigan St.
S Landon Collins, Alabama
NT Danny Shelton, Washington
DE Arik Armstead, Oregon
DT Malcom Brown, Texas

You might be surprised to see Trae Waynes the #1 rated CB on this list---but interestingly some of the teams that have the greatest need for a CB also need a pass rusher---and the way the draft goes---the pass rushers go early because it'll be hard to find good ones later, whereas there is a deeper pool of CBs to be availed in other rounds.

When I look at the list above and ask myself which players could make the greatest impact on the Cardinals to me it starts with RB Todd Gurley who would become our beast mode RB. We have enough depth at the position to be able to be patient in terms of Gurley's rehab and increase his number of carries as he gets stronger.

The second guy who pops out to me on this list is DT Malcom Brown. I think he is the Aaron Donald of this draft. While he isn't quite the quick penetrator Donald is---he is stronger at the point of attack---and he has a knack for slipping off of blocks to be able to close in quickly on the RB or QB.

Waynes is enticing because of his length, speed and competitiveness---but---for a 1st round pick he doesn't play as physically as one would expect or want. I think Landon Collins is a better player because of his toughness and he's no slouch in coverage either. The Cardinals like to play a lot of 3 safety packages---so if the Cardinals drafted Collins it would allow them to use the Honey Badger more at CB---which, imo, because of HB's outstanding cover techniques is a good move.

2. Nifty Fits:

I have been thinking a lot lately about which players in the draft at which position are the best fits for the Cardinals and here are some thoughts:

QB: Bryce Petty, Baylor---Love the quick release and his flair for scoring TDs.

RB: Todd Gurley, Georgia---Superb physical traits and competitiveness.

RB: Jay Ajayi, Boise St.---Would be a super fit for us, imo. Has a good blend of quickness, burst and toughness, although he's not a natural tackle breaker.

RB: Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska---I loved how well Tre Mason ran for the Rams as a rookie and feel that Abdullah, with his quick feet, acceleration and hands is very much in the same mold. The fumbles are the one thing that gives some pause, however.

WR: Devin Smith, Ohio St.---If adding John Brown helped win 3 close games, just imagine what Devin Smith could do. I think Brown at his size is mostly a slot WR, while Smith would give us the speed, size and hands up the sideline that we need versus great DBs like the Seahawks'.

WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona St.---Super competitive, clutch and tough.

WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas St.---Best return man in the draft, plus he is a clutch, gritty slot WR in the Julian Edelman mode.

WR: Justin Hardy, East Carolina---possession WR deluxe, who shakes press coverage quickly and has an uncanny knack for getting open.

WR: Rashad Greene. Florida St.---Talk about clutch. Greene is quite possibly the best chain moving WR in this deep draft of WRs.

WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor---Might be somewhat raw, but with the right coaching and QB I think he could be a star.

WR Jamison Crowder, Duke---He might not be as fast as Miami's Phillip Dorsett, but Crowder is tougher and more competitive.

TE: Jesse James, Penn. St.---I think he is the most well-rounded TE in this draft. He's a solid blocker and a big target in the passing game.

TE: Wes Saxton, South Alabama---a late round project, feisty competitor who is naturally athletic.

C: Cameron Erving, Florida St.---has the size, feet and agility to be a Pro Bowl center.

C: Andy Gallik, Boston College---Watched every one of his games at BC and saw how tough, smart and consistent he is.

If there are any players I did not include here whom you would like to note and/or would want my perspective of, please let me know.

I will provide my Nifty Fits on defense sometime this week.

3. 2015 Masters Mock:

1. "Brendan" Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia. This splendid Georgia magnolia blooms in AZ!

2. Paul "AZ-inger" Dawson, WILB/WOLB, TCU. You've heard of "Ray's Creek" at Augusta. Well, ballcarriers versus AZ will have to deal with "Dawson's Creek."

3. Rashad "Hubert" Greene, WR, Florida St. AZ hits this Greene 17/18 times in regulation for first downs.

4. Andy "North" Gallik, C, Boston College. All signs pointing North for the Cardinals' offense.

5. Ty "Colin" Montgomery, WR/PR, Stanford. AZ goes the Full Monty here.

6. Nick "Faldo" Marshall, CB, Auburn. This Marshall puts a Nick on Marshawn.

7. Ray "Floyd" Drew, DE, Georgia. AZ gets it's own "Ray's Creek."

7. Jordan "Spieth" Richards, S, Stanford. The leader in the clubhouse.

Stay in the fairways my friends!
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Yogi n da Bear
Mar 20, 2004
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The Sonoran Jungle - West
Nice work Mitch. Here is a couple of articles from Rantsports. One is some late round sleepers & the other is a mock. Would like to hear your thoughts & anybody else's as well.

Marcus Peters could be intriguing. He could wind up being better than Peterson as a straight cover guy. But it's everything else, FO has to do the homework.

Gurley would be a game changer. Don't think he makes it to us.
Aug 7, 2008
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Marcus Peters could be intriguing. He could wind up being better than Peterson as a straight cover guy. But it's everything else, FO has to do the homework.

Gurley would be a game changer. Don't think he makes it to us.

What do you think about the sleepers? Never heard of any of them. Just wondering what any of you guys that follow college ball thought of them. Some college players get a lot of hype but it seems like every year a few no names turn out to be great picks & become better players than the hyped ones.


ASFN Lifer
Dec 24, 2002
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I think this is the year the Cardinals get aggressive in trying to move up for a pass rusher. I remember after last years draft that Jay Glazer reported the Cardinals were aggressively trying to trade up to the 10th spot to draft Anthony Barr, but he went 9th overall to the Vikings. Our pass rush situation hasn't really improved since then so unless they are confident a good pass rusher will be there at 24 I think they will try to move up again.


Dec 8, 2007
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The only thing with Gurley is that we very much seem to be in win now mode. In the best case scenario it doesn't matter. But what if he has a slower than average recovery? What if he's behind so far behind when he gets back that he isn't much of a contributor in 2015? In the right scenario, I'd still take him, but if there's a guy who I'm confident will be a major contributor all season I take him first and worry about RB later.


ASFN Addict
Aug 11, 2002
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Scarsdale, NY
Mitch, thinking of need, always a bad way to draft, we have to get a RB. Just don't see it being in the first round because, reportedly, there is a lot of depth at the RB position. I'm hoping for Erving, but expect the pick to be either a PR, CB or a DL player.

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