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Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft Analysis and Draft Grade

Draft Analysis

Arizona Cardinals

Draft Grade: A

* 1:16 – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

* 2:49 – Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

* 4:136 – Marco Wilson, CB, Florida 

* 6:210 – Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke

* 6:223 – Tay Gowan, CB, UCF

* 7:243 – James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati

* 7:247 – Michal Menet, C, Penn State


The Cardinals were calculated, they had a plan, and the dominos fell in their favor. At 16, Zaven Collins was available and the Cardinals wasted no time turning in their draft card with his name on it. At 6’5 260lbs you’d think that Collins is an old school thumper. You’d be wrong. The reigning college defensive player of the year has the ability to do everything. Stop the run, check. Drop into coverage, check. Rush the passer, check. Run sideline to sideline, covering backs and tight ends, check and check. Pair him with Isaiah Simmons and you might have the most athletic LB Corp in the league. In round two, you add another dynamic weapon to a team that already has a handful of dynamic weapons. Rondale Moore is a bullet, small but explosive. While his 5’7 stature won’t scare you, his 4.29 speed should. And don’t think he won’t go up top on you. His 42.5in vertical jump is insane. His low center of gravity mean that he doesn’t have just straight line speed. His agility and explosiveness on cuts may only be rivaled by Tyreek Hill. Moore will take over in the slot for Cardinals offense. The secondary got a boost with corners Marco Wilson and Tay Gowan. Two press man corners with length who fit the scheme. Victor Dimukeje has a non-stop motor and will be an excellent addition to the rotational pass rush. Michael Menet is an good depth signing who can learn from Rodney Hudson and offers versatility as guard.

Fantasy Impact

Rondale Moore is an excellent weapon, but there aren’t enough passes to go around in Arizona. Deandre Hopkins is the #1 no question. If he can stay healthy AJ Green is number two. Atleast early on in the season Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella will rotate in the slot. Cliff Kingsbury is likely going to run more spread schemes with four and five wide sets. Moore will be on the field, but with all those options, the probability he’ll get the ball enough to make a significant impact on your team is slim. He could be a good late round option as a draft and stash. With the additions Zaven Collins and the great JJ Watt, alongside a healthy Chandler Jones and new additions to the secondary, the Cardinals defense could be a sleeper unit in fantasy. If not your starting defense, definitely a good one week option for a bye week.


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