We got our first taste of the 2023 NFL mock draft season earlier this week with the Arizona Cardinals choosing Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo eighth overall. This time around, we’ll do a full seven-round mock draft specifically for the Cardinals.
This mock will look slightly bit different in comparison with what we saw earlier this week, as I ran this mock under the mock draft machine courtesy of Pro Football Network.
For our first full seven-round 2023 NFL Draft mock for the Cardinals, I had the team go defensive-heavy but additionally got a recent blocker for the offensive line and a few recent toys for Kyler Murray to play with.
Arizona Cardinals 2023 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
First-round pick (No. 8 overall): Bryan Bresee, DL, Clemson
The secret is to upgrade the defense irrespective of the position. Bresee is a dominant defensive lineman who has no business being as nimble and agile as he’s. He steps in and is instantly the perfect defensive lineman on the roster.
Second-round pick (38): Brian Branch, S, Alabama
Branch can play some cornerback, each outside and nickel, but is best as a deep safety. This versatility can be very attractive to the Cardinals, who can get creative and line him up everywhere in the defense to create opportunities for turnovers.
Third-round pick (69): Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC
Tuipulotu, the PAC-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Yr, is coming off a 12.5 sack campaign, which paced the PAC-12, and was one in all the lone brilliant spots for an otherwise shaky Trojans defense. Tuipulotu’s construct will allow the Cardinals to flex him along the line of defense and use him and Bresee at the identical time with terrifying results.
Third-round pick (96): Blake Freeland, OT, BYU
D.J. Humphries is a solid tackle, but the blokes who play across from him must be desperately upgraded. Freeland is an enormous man at 6’8″ and 308lbs and is the sort of bodyguard that Kyler Murray needs to guard him.
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Fourth-round pick (106): Jaylon Jones, CB, Texas A&M
A former 5-star recruit, Jones is an enormous, long cornerback who checks all of the boxes physically. While he is not the perfect lockdown corner you will see on this draft, his physique and upside could have teams drooling over his potential.
Sixth-round pick (169): Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State
The Cardinals will only have two running backs on the roster entering the 2023 season and neither of them possesses the pure explosiveness that Vaughn has. Vaughn is a whole do-it-all weapon as a runner, receiver, and returner. He’ll find a task with this team quickly.
Sixth-round pick 182: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington
Trice recorded eight sacks in 2022 as a redshirt sophomore and has the talent to proceed growing and blossoming right into a star. The Cardinals would not mind adding him to a talented, but raw rotation including Myjai Sanders and Cameron Thomas.
Seventh-round pick 213: Trey Palmer, WR, Nebraska
Palmer finally got a likelihood to shine in 2022 with the Cornhuskers and eclipsed 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s an ideal late-round dice roll for the Cardinals.
Seventh-round pick 223: Xazavian Valladay, RB, Arizona State
In his only season playing Power-Five Conference football, Valladay averaged over 100 scrimmage yards a game and scored 18 touchdowns. He can catch the ball well and his versatility makes him a late-round steal.