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NFL Mock Draft 2015: Arizona Cardinals Select Jalen Collins

With the 24th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals (represented by saintmanumit) select...

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Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

Last year this team may not have performed up to par down the stretch, but it showed it had enough to limp into the playoffs. The front office did shore up a leaky o-line by signing Mike Iupati away from the 49ers,  but make no bones about it: minus imperfect offensive line play, this team was far from perfect.

Just think of what they could have done if they had better quarterback play. Carson Palmer showed he can drive the Cardinals offense and his backups (Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley) showed they are not Carson Palmer.

The Needs

RB-Any team with Larry Fitzgerald starting for them will ALWAYS have play action as a weapon. Problem is this team does not have a threat at tailback. This team has ALWAYS been snake bitten at running back since Ottis Anderson last played for them in 1986!

LB-Sean Weatherspoon was a good headhunter in the middle of the Atlanta defense when he was  healthy. Pass rush came on late last year, which saved the season. Yet both have too many question marks about them.

CB-Antonio Cromartie left for GREEN-er pastures. (Pun intended) Who takes over opposite Patrick Peterson?

QB- Just think of what they could have done if they had better quarterback play. Carson Palmer showed he can drive the Cardinals offense and his backups (Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley) showed they are not Carson Palmer.  Once upon a time, Carson Palmer was a top ten quarterback.  That was eight years ago. He is still a pretty decent game manager, however, the position can use an upgrade.

There are no quarterbacks available that are graded this high. The linebacker class is either graded high or low in the first. Neither of which are worth reaching for and when you are on the cusp of being a good team, you can't afford to reach.

REDBIRD NATION,  that leaves cornerback and running back as the options for the Cardinals.

Collins gets the nod because:

A) There's an abundance of talent at tailback in this draft that allows the Cards to evaluate other options NOW, however.....

B) ...the cornerback talent level will go down considerably after Collins in the draft.

C) The cornerback talent level will go down considerably after Patrick Peterson.

Louisiana State University has been good to the Cardinals in recent years.  Between Mathieu, Peterson, Minter and now Collins,  no good reason why they can't have Death Valley West.


Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2015 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston - Florida State
Hans Petersen 82%
2 Tennessee Titans DE Leonard Williams - USC Tee Word 85%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler - Florida Khannar 80%
4 Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper - Alabama arcuate 73%
5 Washington Redskins DE Randy Gregory - Nebraska Lostastic 29%
6 NY Jets OLB Vic Beasley - Clemson BlackandGold4ever 52%
7 Chicago Bears LB Shane Ray - Missouri saintmanumit 28%
8 Atlanta Falcons DE Bud Dupree - Kentucky Dave Choate 46%
9 NY Giants NT Danny Shelton - Washington GoFastTurnLeftMaybeRight 60%
10 St. Louis Rams OT Andrus Peat - Stanford Kevin Sean Held 46%
11 Minnesota Vikings WR Kevin White - West Virginia gulf shores 60%
12 Cleveland Browns QB Marcus Mariota - Oregon ryan_la_sports07 68%
13 New Orleans Saints CB Trae Waynes - Michigan State Dave Cariello 57%
14 Miami Dolphins RB Todd Gurley - Georgia Ralph Malbrough 30%
15 San Francisco 49ers DE Arik Armstead - Oregon The Irish Assassin 31%
16 Houston Texans WR DeVante Parker - Louisville
quickdrawdoc 77%
17 San Diego Chargers OT La'el Collins - LSU LeedsSaint 66%
18 Kansas City Chiefs WR Dorial Green-Beckham - Missouri jmcmillan_93 46%
19 Cleveland Browns TE Maxx Williams - Minnesota ryan_la_sports07 46%
20 Philadelphia Eagles S Landon Collins - Alabama Matt Mosley 53%
21 Cincinnati Bengals OT Ereck Flowers - Miami coldpizza 60%
22 Pittsburgh Steelers CB Marcus Peters - Washington whodatgermany 73%
23 Detroit Lions DT Malcolm Brown - Texas Khannar 81%
24 Arizona Cardinals CB Jalen Collins - LSU saintmanumit
25 Carolina Panthers
Jake White
26 Baltimore Ravens
27 Dallas Cowboys
28 Denver Broncos
Ryne Hancock
29 Indianapolis Colts
Alex Lyles
30 Green Bay Packers
Matt Mosley
31 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
32 New England Patriots
Whit Prottsman