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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select Jalen Collins

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We have officially hit the three-quarter pole in our 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and the Arizona Cardinals are on the clock. We've heard the Cardinals mentioned as a possible destination for Adrian Peterson in a trade, so at first blush it appears that a running back could be in order at this spot. However, Cardinals GM Siberia101 has other designs on what Arizona should do with their selection here.

With the 24th pick in the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select. . .

Jalen Collins, cornerback, Louisiana State University

Here's what Siberia101 had to say about why he made this selection.

The biggest need for Arizona would seem to be an edge rusher, but with all of the top prospects already off the board it would feel like a bit of a reach for a first round pick. There are also holes to fill at ILB and C, but with a relatively weak draft class it would seem best to address these in the later rounds, as veteran offseason additions Sean Weatherspoon, LaMarr Woodley and A.Q. Shipley should provide short term answers. That leaves a RB to pair with Andre Ellington and a CB to replace Antonio Cromartie as the main considerations. I was really torn at this stage between taking Melvin Gordon or Jalen Collins. My logic is that Arizona ideally is looking for a power type back, and in a deep draft class, players like David Johnson, Javorius Allen, David Cobb or even Matt Jones should be available as good mid to late round scheme fits.

As for Collins at 6'1 and 203lbs he has the size and length that are desired at this position and combines it with good athleticism and speed. He ran the 40 at the combine in 4.48 despite having a stress fracture in his foot, which he has since had surgery on. His high upside is tempered by the relatively low number of starts he had in college, meaning that his technique is not as refined as some of the other CB prospects, so he may not be a day 1 starter. His physical ability though combined with his football instincts mean that he could have the highest ceiling of any of the CB prospects. Combining him with Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu in the secondary would create an LSU trio that hopefully will aid in his development, and help him reach his potential sooner rather than later.

My Thoughts

From what I've seen across the web in various mocks and from various scouts, Collins is part of a group that's sort of fighting to be the 3rd cornerback in this year's draft class behind Trae Waynes and Marcus Peters. Collins is definitely a part of that mix, and LSU has picked up a reputation of developing pretty solid defensive backs in recent years. Collins definitely has the size that teams are looking for at corner, but he may not be a guy that can step in and start right away. Personally, if I were to take a corner at this point, I'd probably lean more towards Kevin Johnson out of Wake Forest, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Collins is a bad pick or anything.

What do you think of this pick, folks?

Pick Team General Manager Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers kwarren3 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2 Tennessee Titans BVB fan Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
3 Jacksonville Jaguars n s Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal
4 Oakland Raiders DrivableGuide9 Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
5 Washington Redskins tep4 Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson
6 New York Jets cycloneallnightlong Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
7 Chicago Bears lateefthetruthspeaker Danny Shelton, DT, Washington
8 Atlanta Falcons berg03 Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
9 New York Giants thecraphead Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
10 St. Louis Rams VikesFanatic La'el Collins, OL, LSU
11 Minnesota Vikings e.vogel15 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
12 Cleveland Browns Wayne Joseph Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
13 New Orleans Saints Austin Blanch Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
14 Miami Dolphins SkolChad DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
15 San Francisco 49ers Malte Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
16 Houston Texans Vikes4lyfe Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL)
17 San Diego Chargers MDFDisc D.J. Humphries, OL, Florida
18 Kansas City Chiefs Christopher Gates Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) Wayne Joseph Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
20 Philadelphia Eagles AVeazey24 Landon Collins, S, Alabama
21 Cincinnati Bengals misterloveSKOL Shane Ray, DE, Missouri
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Typically Lazy Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
23 Detroit Lions just_rob Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
24 Arizona Cardinals Siberia101 Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
25 Carolina Panthers SweetTooth
26 Baltimore Ravens lmoe12
27 Dallas Cowboys paulser21
28 Denver Broncos SpencerN
29 Indianapolis Colts CCNorseman
30 Green Bay Packers CCHOF5yearstoolate
31 New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) Austin Blanch
32 New England Patriots raging_cloner