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Arizona Cardinals Biggest Needs Heading Into the 2020 NFL Draft

The Arizona Cardinals certainly didn’t look too dangerous last season, finishing with a record of 5-10-1. They ranked dead last in both total yards and total first downs allowed. The Cardinals lost some close games, but if Arizona wants a winning season, they’ll need to address some needs in the draft.

The Cardinals have some promise in their young quarterback Kyler Murray, as he progressed quite well last season, throwing for over 3,700 yards and rushing for over 500 yards. Arizona added some key pieces, as they traded for DeAndre Hopkins this offseason and brought back Kenyan Drake, who had a great back half of the 2019 season. In order to give the Cardinals a shot to succeed, they’ll need to address their needs in this year’s draft. 

Cardinals 2020 Draft Picks

  • Round 1, Pick 8
  • Round 3, Pick 72
  • Round 4, Pick 114
  • Round 4, Pick 131 (from HOU)
  • Round 6, Pick 202 (from NE)
  • Round 7, Pick 222
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Cardinals Biggest Draft Needs

Offensive Line (OL)

If Murray wasn’t able to use his legs as well as he does, boy would he take some hits with the offensive line Arizona has. This needs to be seriously addressed in the draft, if they want Murray to develop any sort of pocket presence next season. It may even be the case where they take two or three lineman and explore all options for the success of the team. 

Dream Pick: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa (No. 8 overall)

Edge Rusher (EDGE)

Arizona has always brought the heat to the opposing team’s quarterback, but adding more depth doesn’t hurt too much. Adding Jordan Phillips in free agency to beef up the inside of the defensive line was a smart move, but adding another threat opposite of Chandler Jones could bode well for the defensive pressure. There are plenty of solid and talented edge options in this class, so it’s worth taking a shot on one. 

Dream Pick: Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State (No. 114 overall)

Cornerback (CB)

The Cardinals ranked 31st in both passing yards and touchdowns allowed in 2019. Patrick Peterson is their number one corner, but he hasn’t been entirely the same as he used to be. It is essential for the Cardinals to address this need in the draft by taking one or even two young CBs. They built up the offense, and now they must address their pass defense in hopes of a winning season in 2020. Add some competitiveness to the locker room and they won’t rank second-last next season. 

Dream Pick: Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State (No. 72 overall)

Secondary Team Needs 

Linebacker

Wide Receiver

Tight End 


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