The 2018 NFL Draft is now over. Teams have begun to look towards rookie minicamps and organized training activities. The Arizona Cardinals had a big job when the draft began, needing to fill multiple holes and get better overall. General manager Steve Keim and new head coach Steve Wilks spent months getting their draft boards up and running. Today we take a look at the Cardinals 2018 draft haul.
Round 1, Pick 10 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Cardinals traded up from number 15 to swap spots with the Raiders. It cost Arizona a third round and a fifth round pick. A small price to pay to get what looks to be the quarterback of the future. Rosen fits nicely onto the depth chart and could compete with Mike Glennon for the backup role.
Round 2, Pick 15 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
The second round moved much like the first for the Cardinals. The team had a tremendous talent fall into their laps in Christian Kirk. The Saguaro High School alum gave up his chance to play college ball in his home state, but a second round selection brings him back to Arizona. This time Kirk gets to learn from Larry Fitzgerald and provide his explosive abilities from the slot position.
Round 3, Pick 33 – Mason Cole, OL, Michigan
Mason Cole played left tackle and center at Michigan. He was a four-year starter and made 52 straight starts. His versatility allows the offense to plug him where needed, but he projects as the likely heir at the center position.
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Round 4, Pick 34 – Chase Edmonds, RB, Fordham
Chase Edmonds comes to Arizona as an FCS standout at the running back position. Edmonds had a productive career at Fordham and is an all-purpose back the Cardinals can use in support of David Johnson. The Cardinals made a similar selection last season with T.J. Logan, but lost him during the preseason. Edmonds has a chance to find regular playing time as a backup and on special teams.
Round 6, Pick 8 – Chris Campbell, CB, Penn State
Chris Campbell is a big corner with length. He’s a late round pick, ready to play in the zone coverage scheme of Steve Wilks. That alone should make fans feel good about the selection. Campbell will have time to learn and adjust to the NFL but has the physical traits to be the next great Wilks cornerback.
Round 7, Pick 36 – Korey Cunningham, OT, Cincinnati
In the late rounds of any draft, teams are looking to find athletic players who can either spend time on the practice squad or sit and learn on the 53-man roster. Korey Cunningham is a big lineman who definitely has the physical abilities to be something in the NFL. He’s a raw talent and will need some coaching from offensive line coach Ray Brown.