Cardinals NFL Draft Pick Predictions & Odds | 2022 Draft Team Needs & Futures Bets
Things couldn’t have started out any better for the Cardinals last season after they stormed out of the gate with a 7-0 record. Even their first loss was just a three-point defeat at the hands of the Packers. However, they flamed out down the stretch, losing four of their final five games on their way to finishing with a 11-6 record.
Quarterback Kyler Murray did miss some time with an injury, but he also struggled after returning, throwing just seven touchdown passes over the final six games.
After being dispatched by the Rams in the Wild Card round, the Cardinals will look to take the next step and make a deep run in the playoffs. They badly need DeAndre Hopkins to stay healthy, especially after losing Christian Kirk in free agency.
They did sign James Conner to an extension to lead their backfield, although Chase Edmonds departed for the Dolphins. If there is a positive, it’s that they will get a full season from tight end Zach Ertz, who they acquired from the Eagles at last season’s trade deadline.
Cardinals NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 1, Pick 23 (23rd Overall)
- Round 2, Pick 23 (55th Overall)
- Round 3, Pick 23 (87th Overall)
- Round 6, Pick 22 (201st Overall)
- Round 6, Pick 36 (215th Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 7, Pick 23 (244th Overall)
- Round 7, Pick 35 (256th Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 7, Pick 36 (257th Overall) — Compensatory
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Cardinals Team Needs 2022
The Cardinals need help in the secondary after allowing 30 passing touchdowns last season. That was the eighth-most allowed in the league, and only four behind the Colts, who allowed the most.
Their offense had its own issues, but their defense allowed at least 30 points in three of their final five games during the regular season. Then, the Rams torched them for 34 points in their lone playoff game.
2. EDGE Rusher
Their 41 sacks weren’t a terrible mark, but it placed the Cardinals in the middle of the pack in that category in the league. J.J. Watt was limited by injuries again, and they were counting on him to help put pressure on the opposing quarterback.
Their biggest loss of the offseason was the departure of Chandler Jones, who signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. He had 10.5 sacks last season and reached double-digit sacks in five of his six seasons in Arizona.
3. Wide Receiver
The wide receiver options behind Hopkins leave a lot to be desired. The loss of Kirk, who had a career-high 982 receiving yards last season, is a big one. On the bright side, they did bring back A.J. Green, who had 848 receiving yards.
2021 second-round pick Rondale Moore should be thrust into a more prominent role, but the Cardinals could also look to add depth through this year’s draft.
Cardinals May Also Consider Drafting: Running Back, Defensive Line, Center
Cardinals NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022
- Round 1, Pick 23 (23rd Overall): George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
- Round 2, Pick 23 (55th Overall): Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
- Round 3, Pick 23 (87th Overall): Marcus Jones, CB, Houston
More Possible Cardinals Draft Targets: Tyler Linderbaum, OC, Iowa; Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington; Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
Cardinals NFL Draft Bets 2022
Breece Hall: 1st Running Back Selected (-250) at BetMGM
With the way the league continues to devalue featured running backs and shift more to committee approaches at the position, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it take a while for the first one to come off the board. We might not even see one go until the second round.
Breece Hall would not only be an ideal fit for the Cardinals, but he could be for any team looking to add depth to the position. If teams continue to pass on the position and Hall falls, expect the Cardinals to pounce in the second round.
Breece Hall: First RB Selected
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