Cardinals Leave Day 1 Of Mock Draft With Two Building Blocks
No. 21: Arizona Cardinals (via HOU) — Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington
The Cardinals landed Olu Fashanu earlier. Now, head coach Jonathan Gannon gets a piece for his defense. Bralen Trice is a long-armed and incredibly strong pass rusher. He wins with power, but on tape, Trice has proven capable of mixing in finesse moves as well — immense upside.
No. 22: Los Angeles Rams — Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
Speaking of upside, Amarius Mims was blessed with an embarrassment of riches physically. At 6-foot-7 and weighing 340 pounds, while boasting exceptional short-area agility, the sky is truly the limit. But Mims must remain healthy and work on more efficient hand usage at the NFL level. If he does, the Rams gain a pillar on the blindside for the next decade.
No. 23: Pittsburgh Steelers — Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
Joey Porter Jr. is entrenched as CB1 in Pittsburgh, but the defense is lacking further down on the depth chart. Insert Nate Wiggins, a smooth mover out of Clemson. Wiggins shows remarkable mirroring ability, slippery hips, and the ball skills to consistently disrupt passing lanes.
No. 24: Miami Dolphins — Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington
The Dolphins are close to a finished product as a roster, but adding another big body to the offensive line would do wonders for Mike McDaniel and Co. Troy Fautanu has hands like a mime and the tenacity of a thousand raging bulls. He profiles best as a guard, but Miami can deploy him anywhere up front and will reap the benefits.
Eagles Need Safety Help In The Worst Way
No. 25: Philadelphia Eagles — Kamren Kinchens, SAF, Miami
Sydney Brown suffered a torn ACL in Week 18 after a promising rookie campaign. That leaves the Eagles vulnerable in the backend of the defense, placing safety as the biggest need currently. Kamren Kinchens is the rangiest defender in the class and would thrive on a unit with such a dominant front seven.
No. 26: Kansas City Chiefs — Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU
Another weapon for Patrick Mahomes is never a bad thing. Rashee Rice looks like a productive wideout going forward, but with Travis Kelce’s increasing age, it would be smart to start planning even further ahead.
Brian Thomas Jr. is a contender to go inside the top 15, but today’s mock draft saw runs occur at other positions, forcing the LSU star to the end of Round 1. Thomas Jr. is at his best in contested catch situations, always giving his quarterback an opportunity when he’s targeted.