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The Cardinals have played their butts off for first-year head coach Jonathan Gannon, but only have one win to show for it entering Week 7. 

Now, we all expected Arizona to struggle in Year 1 of the rebuild, but general manager Monti Ossenfort has done a marvelous job giving the club the draft resources needed to start competing as early as 2024. Those two first-round picks in April will be enormously vital selections for the future of the franchise. 

And right now, it's the defense that needs the most work. So they go with two defenders in this mock. 

Important: The draft order now is determined by the current, official draft order. Thanks to Tankathon for compiling it. 

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NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
USC • Jr • 6'1" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Even after the down game against Notre Dame, the Bears don't hesitate much to pick Williams here. Justin Fields has not taking a step forward in Year 1 outside of his huge Week 5 performance.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State • Jr • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
The Bears get a bona-fide No. 1 wideout for Williams in Harrison Jr. Perfect combination.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Penn State • Jr • 6'6" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
Yes, the Broncos are clearly in need of massive defensive changes, but Fashanu is too athletic and too good at a premium position for Sean Payton and Co. to pass on here.
Round 1 - Pick 4
UCLA • Sr • 6'5" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Cardinals need more juice around the corner on defense, and head coach Jonathan Gannon will love the addition of Latu.
Round 1 - Pick 5
North Carolina • Soph • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
New York couldn't be happier here, with Maye falling into its lap at No. 5 overall. He has franchise quarterback tools.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Michigan • Jr • 6'3" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Patriots are trending toward a first-round quarterback selection in 2024. McCarthy is relatively young with a gun-slinger mentality and plenty of arm talent.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Penn State • Jr • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
6th
Let's assume the Vikings stick with Kirk Cousins, or sign a veteran quarterback in the offseason. In that scenario, they get the best available outside rusher.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'7" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
4th
The Titans stay in the trenches to continue to build their blocking unit with the long and technically sound Alt.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Miami (FL) • Jr • 6'0" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
38th
POSITION RNK
2nd
This Packers regime loves going defensive back early in the draft, and Kinchens has serious three-down ability.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Georgia • Jr • 6'4" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Chargers snag Bowers to give Justin Herbert a freaky down-the-seam specimen in Bowers who rocks after the catch.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Ohio State • Jr • 6'1" / 206 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Saints go with more youth at the receiver spot to pair two former Ohio State wideouts together.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Miami (FL) • Soph • 6'3" / 305 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
An uber-talented interior rusher to give the Falcons a long-term plan at that position.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Cardinals get their No. 1 cornerback of the future in McKinstry who's been a star at Alabama across multiple seasons now.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Illinois • Jr • 6'2" / 295 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
2nd
Newton looks like the best penetrating defensive tackle in the country, and on film he looks athletic enough to be picked this high.
Round 1 - Pick 15
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Colts have to start building around Anthony Richardson. The dynamic Nabers is a good start.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Alabama • Jr • 6'6" / 360 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Sam Howell has to get better avoiding sacks, but the Commanders could also shore up the offensive line. Latham is a quality blocker with plus strength.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Duke • Sr • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
48th
POSITION RNK
8th
Barton is a squeaky clean prospect who can play guard or tackle, and it would be wise for the Jets to continue to build the offensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Washington • Jr • 6'3" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
53rd
POSITION RNK
7th
If the Bengals lose Tee Higgins in free agency, they'll likely want another big-bodied wideout on the outside. Odunze is precisely that.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Houston • Jr • 6'7" / 315 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Rams
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
6th
The Rams get their left tackle of the future with the athletic Paul, who'll work great in Sean McVay's zone-blocking scheme.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Florida State • Jr • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
4th
If legendary wideout Mike Evans is on another team in 2024, the natural transition will be to Coleman, another perimeter rebounder.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Florida State • Jr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
In this scenario, the Texans can't pass on a talent like Verse to align opposite Will Anderson Jr. along the defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Washington • Sr • 6'3" / 213 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
65th
POSITION RNK
10th
The Seahawks go local with their first-round pick, who can sit for a season behind Geno Smith to learn the intricacies of playing the quarterback position in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Oregon State • Jr • 6'6" / 334 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
The hulking Oregon State blocker would be back-to-back left tackles in Round 1 for the Steelers but nonetheless a welcomed addition up front in Pittsburgh.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Iowa • Jr • 6'1" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
29th
POSITION RNK
5th
The Bills go back to the well at cornerback to fortify the outside position for the long haul with the instinctive and athletic DeJean.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Clemson • Jr • 6'1" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Cowboys get a fast, thumping, sideline-to-sideline linebacker to quarterback the defense.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 252 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Jaguars are in somewhat of a best-player-available position here, so they go with the productive Turner to add to the pass rush.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Georgia • Jr • 6'0" / 180 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
49th
POSITION RNK
7th
The Ravens could use a youth infusion at cornerback, and they get that with the Georgia star.
Round 1 - Pick 28
South Carolina • Sr • 6'3" / 227 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
Legette would provide a fun YAC element to this Lions offense that's already a blast.
Round 1 - Pick 29
BYU • Soph • 6'6" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
5th
Another big-bodied blocker for Mike McDaniel's offense to protect Tua Tagovailoa and pave lanes for the explosive ground game.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Texas • Jr • 6'4" / 243 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK
How about another versatile, YAC specialist in San Francisco's offense?
Round 1 - Pick 31
Texas • Jr • 6'1" / 172 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
5th
The Chiefs scare everyone by selecting a small and super-speedy wideout near the end of the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Clemson • Jr • 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
A long-limbed outside cornerback with the long-term future in mind for the Eagles.