2024 NFL Mock Draft: Exciting first-round selections for each NFC West team

Arizona Cardinals, with two first round picks, look to transform into a contender while the other AFC West teams make selections at key positions.

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Nmd17. . 17. . FSU. Jared Verse. player. 32. EDGE. Jared Verse

Back up with the No.17 pick in the first round of the NFL Mocks Midseason Mock Draft for the NFC West Cardinals select Jared Verse, EDGE Florida St. If Marvin Harrison is available at No.2, it was likely the Cardinals would have gone with Dallas Turner. I like the way this mock draft played out better for the Cardinals.

Verse's performance in the FCS opened up an NFL audition with Florida State, and he found success in the ACC in 2022, achieving nine sacks and 17 TFLs while being named to the first-team All-ACC. 

Had he declared for the 2023 NFL Draft, he would have been a likely first-round pick to the Raiders instead of Tyree Wilson. 

Nevertheless, he chose to stay with the Seminoles and compete for the EDGE1 title in 2024. He has them ranked No.4 in the Nation and headed to the BCS playoffs with 4.5 sacks. 

Despite his downtick on the stat sheet, Verse has a lightning-fast snap, high-energy athleticism, and the ability to put tackles in a bind with his unpredictability. He also has a well-sized frame and length and can sustain power exertions and corners underneath extensions.

Verse is the best EDGE rusher the Cardinals need to build a defense around; add a big run-stopping DT to that line, and Verse will be very effective for years. Verse will be a Jevon Kerse-like freak and a cornerstone of a new Cardinals era.