2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Arizona Cardinals, No. 20

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Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville (2)

2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Arizona Cardinals, No. 20

Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals safety Calvin Pryor (25) prior to the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Joshua Huffman:

This picks come down to a best player available scenario. Much like the Tennessee Titans, one could argue almost anything with this pick. Franchise quarterback to groom behind Carson Palmer, Eric Ebron, right tackle, defensive line, pass-rushing outside linebacker, inside linebacker, cornerback, safety…

For the second consecutive season, Pro Football Focus graded Arizona with the worst offensive line. Adding Jared Veldheer and getting Jonathan Cooper back will help. Drafting Taylor Lewan or Zack Martin would’ve really solidified the line—except they’re both unavailable.

Therefore, I’m going with Calvin Pryor. This allows Tyrann Mathieu to do what he does best: line up underneath in sub-packages. Adding Pryor with cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromatire helps them keep up with the NFC West defensive powerhouses.

Scotty Bakalian:

The Cardinals seem to be really close to becoming a playoff-caliber team. They already have a strong secondary, but could use an athletic, hard-nosed strong safety. Enter Louisville’s Calvin Pryor. Arizona would be elated if he fell to them at pick #20. Teaming him up with an elite CB in Patrick Peterson and a young up and comer in Tyrann Mathieu would be devastating to opposing offenses. Pryor could possibly be the best safety the Cardinals have has since the departure of Adrian Wilson.


Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (1)

Russell Griffin:

The Cardinals decide to draft with a mixture of value and need with selecting CB Darqueze Dennard, who is considered to be the top CB in the draft by many, not myself, I like CB Kyle Fuller out of Va. Tech. Teaming Dennard up with CB Patrick Peterson and DB Tyrann Mathieu  would give them one of the best up and coming group of DB’s, theoretically. 

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