LSU’s Greedy Williams could fill among the Cardinals’ holes the cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson.
TEMPE, Ariz. — When Arizona Cardinals trainer Steve Wilks strove to pick his roster’s many glaring holes it took him a moment to stay an answer.
“It is challenging to say as there are many areas that people could improve on,” Wilks said .
But Wilks managed to pick on one.
“I think that the No. 1 thing is, even when you have a franchise quarterback, even as we do in Josh [Rosen], in my opinion, you want to do a fantastic job of protecting him,” Wilks said. “I believe it opens up front with the offensive line.”
If it comes time to take a dip into the roster following a franchise’s first 10-loss season since 2012, he will get a team riddled with holes — a few gaping — along with also needs.
Fortunately for Wilks and Keim, the Cardinals is going to soon be picking at or near the top of this year’s NFL draft.
The Cardinals are currently projected to get the 1st overall choice in April, according to the ESPN NFL Football Power Index. When the season ended today, however, they would own the No. 2 choice.
They may be better suited to fix the other needs while fixing problems on the offensive line will likely soon be a must this offseason, in regards to the draft, ESPN NFL Insider Todd McShay said.
Just how many offensive linemen are worthy of being a pick?
“None,” McShay said. “I say that, but I think you’re able to seven or six to 15 and that I think you will find two or three guys who are worthy of this.
“To me, if you should be carrying a player on the offensive side with the first five choices you are probably reaching a bit as you have a need on that side of the chunk .”
Here’s a look at the Cardinals’ most pressing demands and matches in the 2019 NFL draft for them:
Offensive line: The offensive line was a mess that this year, but the Cardinals may have three returning starters back from injured reserve in 2019 — centre A.Q. Shipley, right shield Justin Pugh and abandoned tackle D.J. Humphries. It’s expected that Korey Cunningham is going to soon be the starting right tackle a year ago, leaving abandoned protector as the only question mark on the line. Mike Iupati is in the final year of his contract, and it’s achievable the Cardinals part ways with him and try to locate his substitute for this offseason. That could come from the draft but not likely until Day 2 or Day 3. However, that is where having the choice could benefit the Cardinals. He still becomes the top-ranked lineman on the board Together with Mississippi junior tackle Greg Little having declared for the draft. Even the Cardinals could commerce back to find Little, who start at right tackle instead of Cunningham or might replace Humphries later 2019, and add selections in after years and rounds to keep strengthening the roster.
Arizona is already on its third party that season, David Amerson, after clipping previous starters, Jamar Taylor along with Bene Benwikere. They’ve tried seven players . But like speech, creating a corner overall doesn’t seem likely. The corner available is LSU’s Greedy Williams. McShay thinks he could possibly be around at No. 5, which might allow the Cardinals to exchange straight back with enough confidence he’ll still be there. “I think teams typically want to get someone who is able to rush the passer or protect the passer or even a quarterback,” McShay said. “when they are able to get one in the top five. It mightn’t surprise me if he was there at five.”
Broad receiver: That is the trickiest of their Cardinals’ demands. There’s no denying desperate Arizona will be always to add depth and talent with their receiving corps, regardless of whether Larry Fitzgerald retires. Behind him, the Cardinals have Christian Kirk, Chad Williams along with J.J. Nelson. All are around precisely the exact identical dimensions, leaving the Cardinals with no big, tall, physical receiver, a manhunter Michael Floyd. That is the kind of receiver that the Cardinals need, but there are no in this year’s draft who are worthy of being the No. 1 choice or going in the top five, McShay said. The finest big receiver in this year’s class is the N’Keal Harry of Arizona State. McShay believes Harry will wind up going from the first round as a result of his ability, that might allow the Cardinals to move back and move after him.
Defensive tackle: Once a powerful suit of this Cardinals, the defensive line was a liability in 2013. And with profound that this year’s draft class are at tackle, the Cardinals could find a franchise player ancient among the top few choices. Former first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche along with Corey Peters will be the only two defensive tackles under contract for next year. Rodney Gunter is advised to become an unrestricted free agent and Olsen Pierre, who was put on IR weekly ago with a knee injury, is scheduled to be described as a restricted free agent. In the Ed Oliver of Houston, the Cardinals might get the top-rated defensive tackle in the class of this year. Oliver wouldn’t raise eyebrows if the Cardinals took him No. inch — or No. two, if that is where they find yourself.
Pass-rusher: If there exists a no-brainer No. 1 choice in this year’s class, it’s Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa. Michigan’s Rashan Gary might possibly be a close second. Even the Cardinals already have among their best border rushers in the NFL in Chandler Jones, along with with Markus Golden in the final year of his rookie contract, the allure of Bosa might possibly be too perfect for Arizona to maneuver upward, which would likely indicate they’ll part ways with Golden. But using a pair of edge rushers could possibly be an significant part the defensive victory later on of Arizona. “Perhaps you simply take [Bosa] and you also merely make him fit,” McShay said.