Arizona Cardinals 3-round 2021 NFL mock draft: More offensive firepower

Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals
New Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

The Arizona Cardinals take a significant step forward by adding even more impact talent in this three-round 2021 NFL mock draft.

With Kliff Kingsbury leading the charge and Kyler Murray making plays all over the field, the Arizona Cardinals were one of the most interesting teams in the league last season. The Cardinals did not have a great 2019 season, finishing with an uninspiring 5-10-1 record. But they have put together a strong core of young and talented players and should be able to quickly grow into a legitimately competitive team in the NFC West.

This offseason, the Cardinals took major steps forward into competitiveness, making a couple of significant additions to their roster. Most notably, they traded for star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

General manager Steve Keim and company absolutely fleeced Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans in the Hopkins trade, acquiring the star receiver for a second-round pick and running back David Johnson. Johnson and his big contract should be looked at as a negative asset, but the Texans were happy to add him like he was a legitimately positive addition to the deal.

The Cardinals also make a few exciting moves in the 2020 NFL Draft, with the first-round selection of defensive superstar Isaiah Simmons being far and away the most impactful. Simmons is an incredibly athletic defensive player who has massive upside at the next level. He is going to be an extremely important part of the Arizona Cardinals defense for many years.

With Murray, Hopkins and company leading the offense, and Simmons, Chandler Jones and company wreaking havoc on the other side of the field, the Arizona Cardinals have put together a talented roster that is worth getting excited about for 2020 and beyond. That being said, they are still a young team that is unlikely to be ready to compete for anything serious this upcoming season.

How can the Cardinals improve their roster next offseason and look to make a serious run going forward? Find out as we make three rounds worth of predictions for the team in this 2021 NFL mock draft.