Cornerback stands out as another potential of need for the Arizona Cardinals next offseason. Patrick Peterson is not the player that he once was and he will become a free agent after the 2020 season. Whether the Cardinals end up bringing Peterson back or not, they need to find some impact young talent at the cornerback position soon. 2019 second-round pick Byron Murphy is a step in the right direction, but they need more.
In the third round of this mock draft, Florida cornerback Marco Wilson stands out as an ideal fit. Wilson is a long and athletic cornerback prospect who experience playing both on the outside and as a slot defender. Wilson is a smooth and physical player who shines in man coverage and shows impressive skills at the line of scrimmage.
The Florida product is physical at the line of scrimmage, is smooth in his backpedal and shows solid change of direction quickness throughout the route. He shows nice ball skills and good closing speed when attacking the ball and the ball carrier.
Wilson’s physicality also stands out against the run. He is not afraid to come up and take on blockers and shows good tackling ability in space. Wilson also does a great job of creating pressure on the passer when he is asked to attack as a blitzing cornerback.
The Cardinals need to find more impact young talent at the cornerback position and this opportunity to land a guy like Wilson in the third round would be perfect. The Arizona Cardinals are on the right track, but a three-round haul of Waddle, Tryon and Wilson in the 2021 NFL Draft could be what they need to take the next step into becoming a legitimately competitive squad.