Round 2, No. 33: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
Another area of weakness on the Cardinals roster is the cornerback position. Long-time starter Byron Murphy departed for Minnesota in the offseason, leaving rookie Kei’Trel Clark and third-year player Marco Wilson as the starters.
Now, I am not trying to slander either guy — or the rest of the depth chart. But none of them bring the upside of Clemson’s Nate Wiggins. I’ll go even further to say he is a first-round grade on my current Big Board, but most mock drafts have him sitting on the fringe of Day 1.
Arizona takes advantage here by snagging Wiggins with the first pick of the second round. He has NFL length and coverage chops to stick with the elite of the elite at wide receiver. The Cardinals get another building block at No. 33 overall.
Round 2, No. 38 (via WSH): Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State
Regardless of who plays quarterback in the long term, the Cardinals need more weapons, period. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is entering the final year of his rookie deal, leaving recent third-rounder Michael Wilson as the lone WR1 on the roster. Even if Brown receives a new contract, the depth chart is still lacking overall.
Johnny Wilson is not a one-for-one DeAndre Hopkins replacement — few are. But the two possess similar play styles, even if Wilson is six inches taller and 20 pounds heavier. Wilson excels in jump-ball situations and would be a perfect foil to Michael Wilson and Hollywood Brown. Through two rounds of this mock draft, the fan base is surely buzzing.