In the last two weeks, the Arizona Cardinals could finally take in the breath of fresh air that evaded them for the month of January.
In an eight-day span, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and quarterback Carson Palmer both announced their intent to return to the Cardinals in 2017, ending a month of speculation regarding the two key players' decisions.
Even though both players are returning, though, the Cardinals need to begin thinking about the future of the wide receiver and quarterback positions.
According to many prominent mock drafts, the Cardinals may begin the process of finding an eventual replacement for Fitzgerald or Palmer in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, which is now just over two months away.
Which highly-rated prospects could be joining the Cardinals in the near future? CardinalsSource examined some of the latest mock drafts.
Mike Williams (Clemson): The latest CBS Sports mock draft has the Cardinals selecting Clemson's top wide receiver 13th overall this April, just months after Williams played a pivotal role leading the Tigers to an upset of Alabama in the National Championship. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has all the potential to become a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, and throughout the 2016 campaign, he demonstrated an impressive ability to go up and compete for passes in the air. With a target on his back, Williams managed to reel in 98 receptions for the Tigers this year, accumulating 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. Many draft experts consider Williams to be the top receiver in this year's draft class, so if he's still on the board at No. 13, the Cardinals could land an immediate impact player at a position of need in the first round.
Corey Davis (Western Michigan): NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah has the Cardinals selecting Davis 13th overall, with Williams coming off the board earlier in the first round when the Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock. Much like Williams, Davis has all the tools to develop into a No. 1 receiver at the NFL level. Davis played four seasons at Western Michigan, electing to return for his senior year because he felt the Broncos had the potential to do something special. With a 97-catch, 1,500-yard and 19 touchdown season, Davis left little doubt that he was capable of doing something special on his own. Whether the Cardinals would be willing to take Davis ahead of a highly-rated cornerback is uncertain, but Arizona may be able to trade down a few spots, secure an extra draft choice, and still take Davis in the first round.
Marlon Humphrey (Alabama): Humphrey had a penchant for allowing big plays for the Crimson Tide, but he also has a rare combination of size and speed that may entice a coach like Bruce Arians to take him off the board if he's available when the Cardinals are on the clock. NFL.com's Charley Casserly has the Cardinals selecting Humphrey 13th overall, noting that Arizona needs a capable player to pair with veteran Patrick Peterson. CardinalsSource tends to think Arizona may scour the free agent market for a reasonably priced option at corner after using its third round draft choice on Brandon Williams last season, but Humphrey is still an intriguing option.
Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State): Considered one of the highest-rated cornerbacks in this year's draft, the Cardinals may pull the trigger on Lattimore if he's still available with the 13th overall pick. SB Nation's Dan Kadar anticipates the Cardinals to make a run at Lattimore, while also acknowledging the team may have strong interest in Humphrey. In what should be one of the top cornerback classes in recent history, Lattimore stands out for his athleticism and quickness, two traits that play strongly with Arians and general manager Steve Keim. Once again, it remains to be seen if the Cardinals want to use an early pick on a cornerback, but if they do, there are no shortage of options at the top of the draft.