Bob Kemp

NFL Draft Day Three (Cardinals, ASU, UA)

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SATURDAY, MAY 1. 2021

NFL DRAFT DAY THREE ANALYSIS (CARDINALS, ASU, UA) 

        *THE CARDINALS FIVE SATURDAY PICKS WERE WISELY A COMBINATION OF FILLING POSITIONAL NEEDS WITH PLAYERS WITH FALLING STOCK, BUT UPSIDE: The first four selections were defensive players (two corners, an outside linebacker and a safety) before adding a college center in the seventh round.
        *THE CARDINALS TRADED INTO THE FOURTH ROUND TO SELECT FLORIDA CORNER MARCO WILSON: He was the sixth ranked corner by Sports Zone draft expert Dan Shonka of Ourlads Scouting Services. Wilson likely dropped because he is considered by some to be an NFL third or fourth corner with questionable ball skills.
        *THE CARDINALS FIRST OF TWO SIXTH ROUND PICKS WAS DUKE DEFENSIVE END VICTOR DIMUKEJE: He was a four-year starter and an every-down player, but seemingly was still available because his 2019 season was more impressive than 2020.
        *WITH THE SECOND OF THEIR SIXTH ROUND PICKS, THE CARDINALS WENT BACK TO CORNER WITH CENTRAL FLORIDA’S TAY GOWEN: Gowan’s 6-1 length stands out, but a combination of playing at three schools, opting out in 2020 and a raw skill set likely scared some teams away.
        *THE CARDINALS FIRST SEVENTH ROUND SELECTION WAS CINCINNATI SAFETY JAMES WIGGINS: He hit the radar during an impressive 2018, but missed all of 2019 after a pre-season practice torn ACL. He played every game in 2020, but not at the same level as 2018.
        *THE CARDINALS FINAL SELECTION WAS PENN STATE CENTER MICHAEL MENET: He was a three-year starter and two-time captain at Penn State. With no chance to start following the Cardinals fleecing of the Raiders for elite center Rodney Hudson, Menet’s best chance of playing early for the Cardinals is at guard.
        *FRANK DARBY WAS THE LONE ASU PLAYER SELECTED WHILE THREE PLAYERS WITH UA TIES WERE PICKED: Darby’s inconsistent ball skills were on display during Senior Bowl week, plus a disappointing Pro Day at ASU, dropped him to the third pick in round six to Atlanta … Tony Fields II, who played three years at the UA and last season at West Virginia, is an undersized linebacker who was drafted in the fifth round by the Browns who like his special team possibilities … The Texans in the sixth round selected defensive tackle Ray Lopez who played in 2020 at the UA after starting his career at New Mexico State … Running back Gary Brightwell was selected in the sixth round by the Giants. Pass catching and pass blocking are strengths, but there were fumbling issues at the UA.