Arizona Cardinals NFL draft picks 2022: Analysis for every selection – Arizona Cardinals Blog

TEMPE, Ariz. – The 2022 NFL draft is being held Thursday through Saturday and every Arizona Cardinals’ draft pick will be analyzed here.

The draft will be held in Las Vegas on the strip in the adjacent area to the Caesars Forum two years after it was initially scheduled. The 2020 NFL draft was turned into a virtual event because of COVID-19.

Here’s a pick-by-pick look at how each Arizona player has selected will fit.


Round 2, no. 55 overall: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State

My take: He has the potential to be an ideal complement to Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams. He’s proven he can produce. He was the Mackey Award winner as the country’s best tight end and a first-team All-American after turning in a season that produced 1,121 yards on 90 catches. He will give coach Kliff Kingsbury options across the passing game, whether that’s on the line or out wide. He could see significant action early in the season depending on how well Williams’ knee has recovered.

What’s next: The Cardinals have two picks in the third round at Nos. 87 and 100, where they could address needs at edge rusher or cornerback. When they come back for Day 3, Arizona will be quiet until the sixth round, not having a fourth- or fifth-round pick. But they’ll finish with two sixth-round picks and three seventh-rounders.


Round 3, no. 87 overall: Cameron Thomas, DE, San Diego State

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My take: Thomas has the size to be a factor off the edge. He spent in college that he can disrupt offenses with 61 quarterback pressures and that he can get off the line in a hurry with 23.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. He’ll get a chance to compete for playing time immediately after Arizona let Chandler Jones leave in free agency. If Thomas can establish himself during the summer and training camp, he can be a significant complement to Markus Golden on the edge.


Round 3, no. 100 overall: Myjai Sanders, DE, Cincinnati

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My take: The Cardinals continued to address an area of ​​need with Sanders, who is an edge rusher. He’s a bit raw, but he has the speed to compete in the NFL, even if he can still improve on his ability to get to the quarterback. He had a pressure percentage of 14.1 last season but had just 2.5 sacks. If he’s able to develop that part of his game, he could be another productive weapon off the edge.

What’s next: The only major need left is cornerback, and with five picks on Saturday (201, 215, 244, 256 and 257), they’ll have ample time to try to address it.

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