Cardinals trade down, still land generational talent in latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft

The Cardinals have a chance to quickly retool the roster around quarterback Kyler Murray. In today’s mock draft, Arizona trades down and still acquires a generational talent at wide receiver.

Nov 4, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18)
Nov 4, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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Round 3, Pick 65 — Sedrick Van Pran, Center, Georgia

The offensive line upgrades shouldn’t stop there. Sedrick Van Pran checks in as the best center in the 2024 NFL Draft, which provides the Cardinals with yet another plug-and-play option upfront. Van Pran doesn’t allow sacks and rarely lets his assignment step foot in the backfield. He is the exact type of protector Kyler Murray needs to remain healthy in the desert.

Marvin Harrison Jr. Gets A Partner At Wide Receiver In Round 3 Of Mock Draft

Round 3, Pick 72 (via TEN) — Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

The Cardinals don’t have to draft another pass catcher after having Hollywood Brown, Marvin Harrison Jr., and Michael Wilson in tow. However, there is no such thing as too many weapons… especially when Kyler Murray is the starting quarterback.

Malachi Corley gives the depth chart something it currently lacks — a legitimate difference-maker after the catch. Brown, Harrison Jr., and Wilson all have top-end traits in their own right, but Corley’s size and speed combination could be a cheat code. Everyone is searching for the “next” Deebo Samuel; the Western Kentucky product has the talent to be that type of versatile weapon.

Round 3, Pick 80 (via HOU) — Dontay Corleone, DT, Cincinnati

One of my favorite players in the 2024 NFL Draft is Dontay Corleone. I mean, any Godfather fan will be a fan of Corleone, right? Aside from the callback to the most legendary mafia family in movie history, the Cincinnati alum has starting-caliber talent at the next level.

Corleone is built like a brick wall, serving as the muscle of the Bearcat defensive front. He can give that same punch to the Cardinals' front seven, as the unit severely lacks a leader in the defensive trenches.

With Turner, Burke, and Corleone now on the roster and the likes of Harrison Jr., Corley, Beebe, and Van Pran joining the other side of the ball, it is safe to say this mock draft was a home run for Arizona.