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Arizona Cardinals: 2017 NFL Combine Players To Watch

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The Arizona Cardinals had a very disappointing season in 2016.  Picked by a lot of experts to compete for the NFC Championship, Arizona did the exact opposite.

As far as needs for next season, Arizona still has a solid defense.  However, their offense needs some work.  This is mainly due to key players getting older and lacking depth behind them.

With that being said, here are some players the Cardinals should look at in the 2017 NFL Combine:

Mike Williams – WR, Clemson or Corey Davis – WR, Western Michigan

I grouped these two players together because it is a complete toss up between the two.  With Larry Fitzgerald approaching retirement, the Cardinals will need a big time receiver to replace him.  Both Davis and Williams could provide this.  Williams, a 6’3″, 225 pound deep threat, was a key piece in Clemson‘s 2016 title run.  He finished with 84 receptions for 1,171 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Davis, a 6’3″, 213 pound receiver, is seen as a deep threat as well.  Davis helped to put small school, Western Michigan, on the map as he finished with 97 receptions (8th in nation) for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns.  How they perform at the combine could help to set one of these players apart from the other.

DeShone Kizer – QB, Notre Dame

With Carson Palmer nearing towards retirement, the Cardinals need to find a quarterback of the future.  DeShone Kizer could be the answer.  Although Notre Dame struggled this season, Kizer was able to finish with 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns.  Although he struggled at points, some experts are still high on Kizer.  If the Cardinals want him, they might have to use their first round pick, but could possibly steal him early in the second round.

Forrest Lamp – OG, Western Kentucky

The offensive line is another spot that the Cardinals need to look at.  Forrest Lamp is a name that has been rising in multiple mock drafts.  Although he played tackle at Western Kentucky, Lamp is being considered as an interior lineman in the draft.  Measuring at 6’4″, 305 pounds, Lamp anchored an offensive line for one of the most productive offenses in the country in 2016.  He received first team All-Conference (Sun Belt) and third team AP All-American honors in his final season with the Hilltoppers.  He is another player that could be drafted in the mid-late first round but could also fall to the second round, which would be a huge steal for Arizona.

Evan Engram – TE, Ole Miss

The tight end position was one that lacked depth for Arizona in 2016.  Outside of Jermaine Gresham, they had very little production from the position.  With Gresham most likely testing free agency this offseason, they must look for another tight end.  Evan Engram, a 6’3″, 236 pound athletic tight end, could be the answer for the CardinalsEngram caught 65 passes for 926 yards and 8 touchdowns in his final season with the Rebels.  These stats earned him first team All-SEC and All-American honors.  Engram is a very talented player that the Cardinals could steal in a late round in this year’s draft.

* All stats acquired from

Combine Information

The NFL Combine is scheduled to occur from March 3rd until March 6th.  Running backs, offensive linemen, and projected special teams players will be up on the first day.  Quarterbacks, receivers, and tight ends will be on display on day 2, with defensive linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs rounding out the last two days.  The event will be displayed in it’s entirety on the NFL Network.