Needing a quarterback of the future the Arizona Cardinals were aggressive moving up to get their guy and then spent the rest of their draft building around him. Our Arizona Cardinals 2018 NFL Draft Review analyzes all four picks looking at how each pick fits both scheme and value wise.
Arizona Cardinals 2018 NFL Draft Review
Round 1, Pick #10: Josh Rosen QB UCLA
The Cardinals found their quarterback of the future by trading up to pick number ten to grab Josh Rosen. More impressive is the fact that GM Steve Keim was able to do so without surrendering a whole lot of collateral, he managed to keep both their 2nd round pick this year and next year’s 1st round pick. Add the fact that Rosen was the top quarterback in this class and this pick is a complete homerun. Rosen will have the benefit of sitting behind Sam Bradford at least for the early part of the season giving him time to acclimate to the NFL, a benefit other 1st round quarterbacks might not have.
Round 2, Pick #47: Christian Kirk WR Texas A&M
Coming into the draft wide receiver was a big need for the Cardinals especially with the offseason loss of slot man John Brown. In steps Kirk a hugely talented prospect with boatloads of playmaking ability. Kirk should be a plug and play day one starter for the Cardinals out of the slot where he is already an upgrade from the departed Brown. When you add Kirk’s top notch return ability you have another very good pick by the Cardinals.
Round 3, Pick #97 Mason Cole C Michigan
Last year the Cardinals relied on the likes of AQ Shipley to man the center position so it is no surprise that the Cardinals used a 3rd round pick to upgrade the position. Mason Cole was battle tested at Michigan and saw time at both center and tackle and his versatility will almost assuredly guarantee him a starting spot along the Cardinals offensive line. The drafting of Cole along with the signing of Justin Pugh in free agency will lead to much improved line play for the Cardinals, something that Sam Bradford/Josh Rosen will enjoy.
Round 4, Pick #134 Chase Edmonds RB Fordham
Edmonds leaves Fordham with the 5th highest FCS rushing total all time with over 5,600 yard rushing. Edmonds should compete to be David Johnson’s primary backup and could potentially see time in the slot after running receiver drills at his pro day. Despite being on the smaller side 5’9” 200 pounds Edmonds should stick with the Cardinals thanks to his versatility and the lack of depth at the running back position.
Round 6, Pick #182 Chris Campell CB Penn State
The Cardinals waited until the 6th round to fill their biggest defensive need, corner back coming away with Chris Campell from Penn State. Campell who possesses good size and cover instincts and improver year after year while at Penn State. He joins a glut of unproven players looking to start opposite stud Patrick Peterson.
Round 7, Pick #254, Korey Cunningham OT Cincinnati
In the 7th round teams are looking for upside players who have desirable traits. The Cardinals grabbed Cunningham who has good measurables and experience playing both tackle positions. A season on the practice squad is probably in his immediate future with an end goal of becoming a swing tackle.
Draft Grade: A-
Best Pick: Rosen
Biggest Reach: Edmonds