Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft Fantasy Preview
NFL Draft Fantasy Preview for the Arizona Cardinals
It was an ugly season in the desert, and the Cardinals offered little to no help in the world of Fantasy Football. Aside from Larry Fitzgerald, who finished as a WR1 in PPR formats, you couldn’t make the case for any other player here to be worth a spot on Fantasy Football rosters. Injuries played a large part in the demise of the Cardinals with David Johnson going down in Week 1, Carson Palmer got hurt, and many others getting banged up throughout the season. The team brought in Adrian Peterson to add a spark to a bad running game, but the state of the Cardinals’ offensive line was so bad that even the most elite backs couldn’t find separation.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) April 10, 2018
Looking ahead to the NFL draft, it is almost expected that the Cardinals focus on the offensive side of the ball. They need to find their next QB, fix problems along the offensive line, as well as find depth at the receiver position with players leaving in free agency. The team is in the beginning stages of a rebuild, so hitting on the right players in the NFL draft could be very important for the future direction of the Cardinals.
Projected Top Three Picks
Team Needs: QB, OL, WR
First Round: Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame
Second Round: Mason Rudolph, QB Oklahoma State
Third Round: J’Mon Moore, WR Missouri
With the first-round selection of Mike McGlinchey, the Cardinals hope to address the problems along the offensive line right away. He is NFL-ready with athletic size and technique. The power of interior linemen may give him fits at first while he develops more strength, but he will be counted on to be an early starter. If he develops early, McGlinchey has the skills to become a Pro-Bowl tackle for many years to come.
The Cardinals’ second-round pick, Mason Rudolph, is a quarterback they have coveted since the draft process began. Rudolph is a prototypical NFL QB who plays from the pocket and anticipates where the receivers are going to be before he makes the throw. His precision makes him a threat with both downfield throws and play-action passing. If he is drafted by the Cardinals, he will get the chance to sit and learn from Sam Bradford while he runs the offense. But once Bradford gets hurt, as he always does, expect Rudolph to be given the reins of this team. Rudolph is a make or break prospect for Fantasy purposes, as he could be the guy that you pluck off waivers and he falters, or he could be a player that surprisingly carries you on a run in the playoffs. He is worthy of early round consideration in dynasty formats.
J’Mon Moore is a draft pick that the Cardinals want to add depth to a position that needs just that. With both John and Jaron Brown gone in free agency, this team needs players to draw attention away from Larry Fitzgerald. Moore has the size and speed to excel at this level. His separation and route running are plus attributes that he brings to the table. He has dangerous run after the catch ability, as he possesses great foot quickness and lateral agility. He is still raw, though, and in college, he played just one side of the field, which can limit him in the NFL. If he continues to get a feel for the position and expand his knowledge of the game, he could have value as a WR2 in this offense. In redraft leagues, he could be a final round stash type player to see how he plays early in the season. But his real appeal will be in dynasty formats where he can be given time to develop before you have to count on him in your Fantasy lineups.
Larry Fitzgerald Photo Credit: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri
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