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No consensus on Cardinals pick per mock drafts

The Arizona Cardinals hold the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and a wide variety of prospects on both sides of the ball have been projected to end up with the franchise.

With the NFL Draft fast approaching, the Arizona Cardinals have less than three full days to reach a consensus within their organization regarding which player the team will select with the 13th overall pick.

While Arizona could certainly attempt to trade up or down to secure an opportunity to draft a different player, general manager Steve Keim indicated that trade talks won't heat up until roughly 48 hours prior to the start of Thursday's first round.

Though the Cardinals have likely narrowed their focus on a handful of potential options, there's no consensus on which player the franchise will select among the most prominent mock drafts.

Because Arizona has needs at quarterback, defensive back, wide receiver and linebacker, over a dozen different players have been mocked to the Cardinals within the last few weeks, and CardinalsSource has attempted to keep track of all the draft chaos. 

Cardinals' first round overview

Quarterbacks

DeShone Kizer: The Notre Dame product has all the prototypical attributes scouts look for in quarterbacks, and has been the player most prominently mocked to Arizona in recent weeks. Though Kizer wasn't especially accurate during his time at Notre Dame, he did demonstrate massive flashes of potential and threw 26 touchdowns in 2016. Kizer is interception prone, and like many of the quarterbacks in this year's draft, he has a relatively high ceiling as a prospect, but also a concerning, low floor.

Patrick Mahomes: The Texas Tech gunslinger was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football last season, but no true Air Raid quarterback has experienced success at a high level in the NFL. Mahomes has the most pro-ready arm of any prospect in this year's draft, but he also has a quirky throwing motion and inconsistent footwork that will make him a project for any team that elects to take a chance on him.

Deshaun Watson: Clemson's signal-caller was a winner at the college level and possesses the type of mind and heart the Cardinals' brass insist it's looking for in a franchise quarterback. However, Watson doesn't have the same elite arm talent some of the other quarterback prospects in this year's draft do, which could be a concern for a coach like Bruce Arians who loves a vertical passing attack.

Wide receivers

Corey Davis: One of the most productive receivers in FBS history, Davis was a four-year player at Western Michigan who could have turned pro after his junior season but elected to remain with the Broncos and chase program history in 2016. Davis is considered an elite route runner with the speed to break away from cornerbacks in the open field, and could be the heir apparent to Larry Fitzgerald if the Cardinals take a chance on him.

Mike Williams: The receiver Watson relied on throughout the 2016 season at Clemson, Williams recovered from an ACL injury earlier in his college career to become one of the leading playmakers in the country this year. Williams is fantastic at catching passes in traffic and has no trouble making contested catches in the air, and the former Tigers' wideout could be an impact receiver from day one.

Inside linebackers

Reuben Foster: Foster won't be receiving an 'A' character grade from Keim on the Cardinals' scouting report, but he could receive the organization's highest talent grade thanks to the film he put together during his time at Alabama. A sideline-to-sideline roamer who has the potential to impact the game as a three-down linebacker, the Cardinals could look at Foster as the eventual replacement for veteran Karlos Dansby.

Haason Reddick: A former walk-on defensive back at Temple, Reddick was a late-bloomer who matured into an outstanding pass rusher by the end of his career with the Owls. If the Cardinals wind up pursuing Reddick, it's likely that Arizona will ask him to transition to a Mike linebacker role and learn under the tutelage of Dansby. Drafting Reddick would be a leap of faith for the Cardinals, and it's not necessarily the type of leap an organization coming off a sub .500 season wants to take in the first round.

Defensive backs

Tre'Davious White: Would the Cardinals really head back to the well to draft another LSU defensive back? White is exactly the type of player who fits the team's defensive scheme and philosophy and could wind up earning early playing time opposite Patrick Peterson if his transition to the NFL goes smoothly. Though drafting White at 13 could be a stretch, there's worse reaches the Cardinals could wind up making.

Kevin King: Unlike White, King doesn't have the impressive press man coverage skills the Cardinals want their defensive backs to possess, but he makes up for that with the versatility he brings to a defense. King can play outside corner, slot or either safety position, and has the athleticism to handle challenging man conflict situations. If the Cardinals believe they can coach King up and make him a better defender in press coverage, then he could be a surprise pick for Arizona. 


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