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Where are Cardinals drafting in first round after Week 16? Who might they pick in mock draft?

We look at Cardinals draft position after this week and break down who they may select in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Ohio Stadium on November 18, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Jason Mowry/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals were expected to have a bad season since starting quarterback Kyler Murray was going to miss half of it while recovering from a knee injury. They have suffered through a 3-12 season heading into Week 17, but it is about to pay off as Arizona is currently projected to be selecting No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. After a trade during last year’s draft, they also project to pick No. 16 as well.

Cardinals draft order: Nos. 2, 16 picks

1.01 — Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers)
1.02 — Arizona Cardinals
1.03 — Washington Commanders
1.04 — New England Patriots
1.05 — New York Giants
1.06 — Los Angeles Chargers
1.07 — Tennessee Titans
1.08 — Chicago Bears
1.09 — New York Jets
1.10 — Atlanta Falcons
1.11 — New Orleans Saints
1.12 — Green Bay Packers
1.13 — Las Vegas Raiders
1.14 — Denver Broncos
1.15 — Minnesota Vikings
1.16 — Arizona Cardinals

Arizona obviously has had a season to forget, but two picks in the first 16 gives them a lot of flexibility. There are rumors that they could look at trading Murray and could use the No. 2 overall pick to reset at quarterback while adding draft capital from the trade and still having another first-rounder later in the draft.

Cardinals mock draft: Potential first-round pick

1.02 — Marvin Harrison Jr. WR, Ohio State
1.16 — Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

For the purpose of this mock, I am assuming that the Cardinals are not making a trade. They could find a deal for Murray, or keep him and trade back for a team that wants to move up for a quarterback. If they hold onto Murray and stay put, then Harrison falls into their laps. He’s the latest dominant wide receiver to come out of Ohio State and may have the most hype. Harrison played in 38 career games with the Buckeyes and finished his career with 2,613 yards with 31 touchdowns. He’s considered by most to be the top wide receiver in the class.

Latu played three seasons in college. He went to Washington in 2019 but then suffered what was thought to be a career-ending neck injury in the fall of 2020. Latu transferred to UCLA and was cleared to play, suiting up in 2022 and 2023. Latu played in 33 career games and logged a combined 100 tackles with 24 sacks. He had a career-high 13 sacks for UCLA last year and is among the top edge rushers in the class.