NFL Draft '14: Arizona Cardinals six-round mock
The Cardinals own picks in each of the first six rounds of the draft, and here's what general manager Steve Keim's draft haul could look like when it's all said and done.
Round 1 (20th overall) - Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Shazier has elite traits in coverage, and could definitely cover tight ends in 2014 (a real weakness in 2013). He can be moved around in the linebacking corps from outside, to inside, strong side to weak side, and offer a different look at all spots.
Shazier has shown the ability to put his hand in the dirt and take on the edge, so it's not that HE CAN'T, it is just that he was not asked to it outside of a handful of times per game.
Round 2 (52nd overall) - A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
If the Cardinals really love McCarron, then maybe he is going to be the quarterback they hitch their wagon to.
Round 3 (84th overall) - Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
He'll be able to sit, learn and grow (and he's got room to add good weight) and get work on passing downs while getting ready to take over for Darnell Dockett.
Round 4 (120th overall) - Craig Loston, S, LSU
He offers good cover ability in man schemes, and understands coverages and can move down into the slot when needed.
Loston isn't overly physical, and is not quite the enforcer or thumper that teams want in the strong safety position, but that seems to be being phased out by a lot of NFL teams.
Loston is a guy who has excelled in the SEC for a number of years, but also is a deft contributor on special teams and will make his mark in the NFL.
Round 5 (160th overall) - Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State
He irritated Alabama OLB Adrian Hubbard to no end at the Senior Bowl, and then put up great numbers to show that he is a better athlete than given credit for at the combine.
Gillmore has good hands and looks like the type of tight end that can succeed in the league.
Round 6 (196th overall) - Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State
If Crowell had kept his nose clean at Georgia, he would be talked about as a late-round one, early day-two pick. But he ran into some problems that will affect his stock. His fall could be the Cardinals' gain.
Seth Cox/TSHQ.co, Editor-in-chief of TSHQ.co
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