So far this off season my mock drafts have focused heavily on the Packers and their NFC North rivals. Let’s take a little side detour down to the desert and take a look at the always interesting but for the wrong reasons, Arizona Cardinals.
Round One: Hasean Clinton-Dix/S/Alabama- The Cardinals have a variety of second-tier needs in the draft, but their most pressing is safety. Clinton-Dix is as ready as any player is in this draft to come in and start right away, and I already have the Packers taking Calvin Pryor. Sorry Cardinals fans, your stuck with the other safety.
Round Two: Lamarcus Joyner/CB/Florida State- The Cardinals also need help at cornerback. Joyner was the heart and soul of the Seminoles national championship team last season. He could step in and start immediately.
Round Three: Jarvis Landry/WR/LSU- Landry was once a first round draft choice but his stock has plummeted the last few months. He is now slotted to go in the third round, right around the area in which the Cardinals are drafting. The Cardinals are one of those teams that could use some more receivers, and Larry Fitzgerald is not getting any younger.
Round Four: Victor Hampton/CB/South Carolina- In this modern era, you need to stock up on as many defensive backs as possible. Hampton is qualified to cover slot receivers and could cover a healthy Percy Harvin.
Round Five: Tom Savage/QB/Pittsburgh- This may be a bit or a reach, but Savage has the skills, he just needs time to be developed. They still have Carson Palmer, so they can take their time to develop Savage.
Round Six: Jalen Saunders/WR/Oklahoma. The Cardinals could also use a couple of wide receivers in this draft, and Saunders fits the profile of a solid slot receiver.