NFL Mock Draft: The Cardinals reload at wide receiver with Mike Williams
With Larry Fitzgerald near retirement and Michael Floyd gone, Arizona nabs the talented Clemson star
The Cardinals' passing offense ranked in the top 10 in the NFL this season, but with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald one step closer to retirement, Arizona's front office needs to have an eye on the future.
With the 13th pick, quarterback might be an option, but so will wide receiver and, in this exercise, the Cardinals would have their choice of any receiver in the draft. Clemson's Mike Williams has similar size and the large catch radius of former Arizona wideout Michael Floyd , but the soon-to-be former Tiger is a much better athlete with impressive body control and ball skills. He would be able to step in as a quality No. 2 wideout as a rookie, eventually taking over as Arizona's new No. 1 once Fitzgerald hangs up his cleats.
1. Cleveland Browns
Myles Garrett , DE/OLB, Texas A&M: The Browns have needs up and down the roster, and unless they fall in love with a quarterback, this pick needs to be the best talent in the draft, which is Garrett.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Mitch Trubisky , QB, North Carolina Tar Heels : San Francisco desperately needs to life at quarterback, regardless of the front office and coaching situations. Despite only one season of starting experience, Trubisky has all the traits to be a successful NFL starter.
3. Chicago Bears
DeShone Kizer , QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish : The Bears have some intriguing talent on the roster, but the quarterback depth chart is disheartening. Although his tape shows youthful mistakes, Kizer also shows the veteran poise and ideal physical traits to play the position at a high level.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jonathan Allen , DE, Alabama Crimson Tide : Jacksonville has invested heavily in the defensive line, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Jaguars do so again if a talent like Allen is available.
5. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles)
Jamal Adams , SS, LSU Tigers : With a top-five pick, Tennessee needs to first and foremost add a difference-maker, and Adams has that type of ability patrolling the secondary.
6. New York Jets
Deshaun Watson , QB, Clemson Tigers : Opinions from NFL scouts are all over the place on Watson and his draft value. The future of the position looks bleak for the Jets and the organization might need to take a chance on the Clemson product here.
7. San Diego Chargers
Malik Hooker , FS, Ohio State Buckeyes : The Chargers are feeling the void left by Eric Weddle in the secondary and while Hooker is raw in areas, he has the range and ball-hawking instincts to be an impact player quickly as a pro.
8. Carolina Panthers
Derek Barnett , DE, Tennessee Volunteers : After investing several premium draft picks at defensive tackle, Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman will be shopping for pass rushers in this year's class. Barnett isn't a twitchy athlete, but he does everything very well and finds ways to be productive.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
Reuben Foster , LB, Alabama: Linebacker Rey Maualuga is a serviceable player, but Foster would be an instant upgrade with his combination of play speed, instincts and violence.
10. Buffalo Bills
Solomon Thomas , DL, Stanford Cardinal : Regardless of scheme with the new coach, Buffalo needs to get younger on the defensive line. Thomas played inside and outside in college and has the powerful hands and initial burst to attack from multiple positions.
11. New Orleans Saints
Tim Williams , DE/OLB, Alabama: New Orleans ranked in the bottom half of the league in team sacks and pressures this season, lacking a true edge threat. Williams is inconsistent against the run at times, but he can also affect the pocket with his explosiveness.
12. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia)
Teez Tabor , CB, Florida Gators : The Browns' secondary was routinely torched, so upgrades are needed across the board. Tabor has the size, aggressiveness and cover instincts to disrupt the catch point and create turnovers.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: While wide receiver was a strength of Arizona not too long ago, Larry Fitzgerald is considering retirement and Michael Floyd is now in New England. Williams could develop into the new No. 1 pass catcher for the Cardinals.
14. Indianapolis Colts
Leonard Fournette , RB, LSU: Is running back the top need for the Colts this offseason? No. But with a talent like Fournette still available for them in this scenario, it would be easy to see general manager Ryan Grigson drafting the uber-talented ball-carrier.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (from Minnesota)
Marlon Humphrey , CB, Alabama: The Eagles are desperate for help at cornerback and there should be several options in the mid-first round. Humphrey has given up several big plays this season, but NFL coaches will be salivating at his size and skill-set.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Dalvin Cook , RB, Florida State Seminoles : The Ravens have a stable of average backs, which is one of the reasons they ranked near bottom of the league in rushing. Cook would help change that.
17. Washington Redskins
Malik McDowell , DL, Michigan State Spartans : McDowell has an impressive blend of size, athleticism and power to be effective from multiple positions along the line.
18. Tennessee Titans
John Ross , WR, Washington Huskies : The Titans have plenty of bodies on the wide receiver depth chart, but no true difference-maker. Ross has elite speed, but it is his polished routes that allow him to create separation and make plays.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Corey Davis , WR, Western Michigan Broncos : Mike Evans is the top target of Jameis Winston , but he needs help. Davis is very well-rounded with the athleticism to be a threat before and after the catch.
20. Denver Broncos
Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin: One of the priorities for John Elway is addressing a leaky offensive line. Ramcyzk has some medical concerns, but if healthy, he might be the first offensive lineman drafted.
21. Houston Texans
Cam Robinson , OT, Alabama: The Texans have been hurting on the offensive line and unfortunately the 2017 class doesn't look like a strong group. However, Robinson has starting ability and first-round skills if his off-field checks out.
22. Detroit Lions
Marshon Lattimore , CB, Ohio State: The Lions inconsistent pass defense has been a glaring weakness all season with depth issues at cornerback. Lattimore has dealt with injuries over his career, but when healthy in 2016, he showed all the tools to be an impact NFL starter.
23. Green Bay Packers
O.J. Howard , TE, Alabama: The Packers' Jekyll-and-Hyde offense is missing a true weapon at tight end and Howard has the athletic versatility to line up inline and out wide.
24. Seattle Seahawks
Gareon Conley , CB, Ohio State: Seattle needs to add cornerback depth this offseason and Conley checks several of the boxes that the Seahawks look for at the position.
25. Miami Dolphins
Jabrill Peppers , LB/S, Michigan Wolverines : Is he a true safety? Linebacker? Nickel? Truth is, Peppers is a little bit of all those positions and should be used that way. The Dolphins' defense would be able to find a place for his unique skill-set.
26. Atlanta Falcons
Charles Harris , DE, Missouri Tigers : The Falcons' pass rush has been sporadic this season and hasn't lived up to the vision of head coach Dan Quinn. Harris has the edge quickness and burst to capture the edge and give blockers trouble.
27. New York Giants
Taco Charlton , DE, Michigan: With Jason Pierre-Paul on a one-year deal, defensive end is a possible need this offseason. Charlton, who has some traits reminiscent of Justin Tuck out of Notre Dame, has all the ingredients of a NFL starter.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Takkarist McKinley , DE/OLB, UCLA Bruins : The Steelers have several question marks at pass rusher heading into next season and could look to address that need through the draft. McKinley is a tick undersized, but his athleticism and active hands allows him to penetrate the backfield.
29. Oakland Raiders
Zach Cunningham , LB, Vanderbilt Commodores : The Raiders have invested several high picks in the front seven and should again if Oakland has a chance to draft an impact middle linebacker. Cunningham's Vandy tape is a clinic for how to play the position.
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Quincy Wilson , CB, Florida: Marcus Peters is a stud and Steven Nelson looks like a promising building block on the Chiefs' cornerback depth chart. But there are questions after that and Wilson fits the Chiefs' profile with his physical style.
31. Dallas Cowboys
Sidney Jones , CB, Washington: Rookie Anthony Brown looks like a future starter, but Morris Claiborne is a free agent after the season, Brandon Carr hasn't lived up to his contract and Orlando Scandrick has struggled to stay healthy. Jones is well-versed in man and zone schemes, blanketing receivers all over the field.
32. New England Patriots
Christian McCaffrey , RB, Stanford: Whether used in the backfield or the slot, McCaffrey gives a versatile Patriots offense more options. His run intelligence and athleticism are a combination New England will appreciate more than some other clubs.
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