Like last year’s final mock, this will be a full seven rounds and consider all possibilities for each selection. That includes trades (be it up or down), drafting the best players available, drafting a needed position, etc.
The mock drafts started this year with everyone mocking a quarterback to Arizona at No. 7. We have seen Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon, Tyler Wilson and Ryan Nassib all mocked to the Cardinals with their first pick at some point this offseason.
All the while, you saw none of that from me.
After that notion was debunked by Cards brass, everyone has since been on a Lane Johnson-to-Arizona kick, and they have not stopped. Once it started, seemingly everyone jumped on board with their latest mock showing Johnson as the flavor-of-the-month pick at No. 7.
Still, you saw none of that from me.
Am I right? Who knows? I personally do not see the third-best tackle—who very well might be a project—being taken over a proven commodity elsewhere. That thought seems to be with head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim, as well.
At last week's press conference (per Kent Somers of AZCentral.com), Keim stated the following about the No. 7 pick:
You have to be prepared to play those guys. I’ll give you a small anecdote from one of our draft meetings the other day. I won’t tell you who the player is. One of Bruce’s coaches had made a comment that we could potentially take this guy at seven but he may not be ready to play right away. I looked at Bruce and I asked him if he wanted to tell him or should I? If we draft this guy at seven, if he expects me to keep my job, he’s going to play.
And now, here are your final seven-round predictions for Arizona.