Arizona Cardinals 3-Round Mock Draft

Don’t worry, Kyler Murray is staying with the Arizona Cardinals, at least for another season. Despite the star quarterback scrubbing his social media and making some noise about wanting a new contract, he isn’t leaving just yet.

With that in mind, the Cardinals need to fill some holes after making the playoffs in 2021. Chase Edmonds left town to sign with the new-look Miami Dolphins, Christian Kirk joined the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chandler Jones signed with the Las Vegas Raiders as the most notable departures.

The NFC West will be competitive again, which means the Cardinals must crush the 2022 NFL Draft. Here is one direction they could go in with the first three draft picks.

Round 1, No. 23 overall: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State

There is a legitimate case to be made that Jahan Dotson is a top-3 WR in this draft class. Yet, he falls behind Drake London, Treylon Burks, and Garrett Wilson in this exercise, and he could be taken after Chris Olave as well, depending on how the chips fall.

Nonetheless, the Cardinals jump at the shot to take Dotson, an electric wide receiver and somebody who can step right in and generate a ton of targets. With Kirk’s departure and A.J. Green remaining a free agent, the Cardinals need another WR. For now, it is only DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore.

Dotson has all of the tools to be a dynamic NFL WR, and in his final year in college, he caught 91 balls for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Maryland game was a career-best for Dotson, who had 11 receptions for 242 yards and a hat trick of scores.

Dotson only helped his draft stock with an impressive Pro Day, and Murray would love having him in Arizona.

Round 2, No. 55 overall: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

The Cardinals address another pressing need in the second round by selecting Auburn CB Roger McCreary. Arizona considered drafting a corner in Round 1, but all of Andrew Booth Jr., Derek Stingley Jr., Trent McDuffie, and Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner were gone by that time.

So, the Cardinals wait and end up with a massive steal in Round 2. McCreary is an elite talent and, for some reason, has been dropping on draft boards despite an impressive career at Auburn.

He has the quickness and can match up with NFL-type wide receivers and would instantly get a ton of work with the Cardinals. Plus, it helps that McCreary has battled it out with top-tier SEC talents over the past few years in college.

Round 3, No. 87 overall: Cole Strange, IOL, Chattanooga

Cole Strange is a hot name on Day Two of the NFL Draft. He can go anywhere from the early third to the fourth, but the Cardinals decide to add offensive line help by selecting the Chattanooga product.

Strange started 44 games in his college career, with almost all of them coming at the left guard position. But, he also spent time at tackle and even played center briefly, so he has some versatility and positional flexibility.

Strange flew under the radar due to playing at Chattanooga, but he made a name for himself with an excellent Reese’s Senior Bowl performance against some of the best defenders in the country, as shown above.

His size is unmatched (6’6″, 301 lbs.) and he can be a solid rotational piece in Year One for Arizona. Strange can be a full-time starter once he develops and gets used to the NFL competition. The necessity to protect Murray is at the forefront of the Cardinals’ minds, and selecting Strange in Round 3 is a home run of a pick.

Stats Courtesy of Sports Reference

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