Arizona Cardinals Draft Review

1st/13 Haason Reddick, LB

Ht.: 6’1 Wt.: 237 School: Temple

As a former walk on cornerback who ended up playing defensive end, Reddick brings a unique skill set as an off the ball linebacker. Reddick will mainly be used as an inside linebacker on early downs utilizing his speed to chase down the ball while dropping into coverage. While on passing downs he can use his pass rush experience to provide a speed rusher opposite of Chandler Jones and expand the Cardinals pass rushing options.

 

2nd/36 Budda Baker, S

Ht.: 5’10 Wt.: 195 School: Washington

The player that Baker is often compared to is Tyrann Mathieu and will now have the opportunity to play next to the Honey Badger. Arizona is known for lining up on with three and four safeties on a majority of their defensive snaps while requiring each safety to be able to fill various roles. Baker can play back as a single high safety while also walking down and match up with receivers in the slot.

 

3rd/98 Chad Williams, WR

Ht.: 6’1 Wt.: 207 School: Grambling

Combining the release of Michael Floyd and the impending retirement of Larry Fitzgerald, adding a receiver here makes a lot of sense. The Cardinals are not scared off by taking small school receives (John Brown, 2014) as Williams deep speed and ability to go up and win with the ball in the air fit right into Bruce Arians vertical passing game. Expect Williams to compete for a starting job immediately.

 

4th/115 Dorian Johnson, OG

Ht.: 6’5 Wt.: 300 School: Pittsburgh

Johnson is an aggressive blocker with quality lateral agility that allows him to lock onto defensive tackles while sliding to stay in front of them. Arizona loves to thrown the ball downfield so having good pass blocking guards is a must. Johnson is expected to complete at right guard which allows Evan Boehm to stay at center.

 

5th/157 Will Holden, OT

Ht.: 6’8 Wt.: 311 School: Vanderbilt

Normally massive offensive tackles with quick feet don’t last till the fifth round but with only 33¼” arms with below average power he is still a work in progress. Holden can provide the Cardinals with a developmental lineman who can fill the backup swing tackle and potential develop into a quality starter down the road.

 

5th/179 TJ Logan, RB

Ht.: 5’10 Wt.: 196 School: North Carolina

With David Johnson established as the bell cow and Andre Ellington moving towards a receiver role the Cardinals lack the pass catching speed option at the running back. Logan posted a 4.37 40-yard dash at the Combine and that speed shows up on film as he can beat defenders to the edge and reel off long runs.

 

6th/208 Rudy Ford, S

Ht.: 5’11 Wt.: 205 School: Auburn

Ford has experience at Auburn play both cornerback and safety but thrived playing the strong safety for the Tigers. Arizona askes their safeties to play a variety of roles and Ford can be used as a run defender while his straight line speed can allow him to run deep with receivers.

 

Best Pick

Reddick (first round)

 

Upside Pick

Logan (fifth round)

 

Overall Thoughts

Looking to make another playoff run the Cardinals were able to fill several needs and find prospects that can come in and make an early impact. Reddick and Baker are both tailor made for their unique defense while Dorian Johnson could be the missing piece to an underrated offensive line.

Grade: A-

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