Mel Kiper Jr. does just that for the Arizona Cardinals in his final mock draft of the 2021 NFL Draft season.
Projected trade: Jets climb seven spots to get their guy
The Jets have extra picks from the Jamal Adams trade, and they could use them to trade up for an offensive lineman. In this case, it would likely take their pick at the top of Round 2 (No. 34) and one of their third-rounders (Nos. 66 or 86) to get this far. Arizona would move down to No. 23 and pick up other valuable selections.
Wait… Kiper has the Cardinals getting 34 and let’s just be generous 86? That would be insane value.
If that were to happen, then the Cardinals get one of “their” guys at 23?
23. Arizona Cardinals (via mock trade with NYJ)
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
I don’t love teams taking a first-round running back, but Harris could really help Kyler Murray. If the Cardinals stay at No. 16, they could target a corner.
This is a homerun of a draft it were to happen.
I can’t imagine the Cardinals could get 34 and something else. So, let’s just say they get 34, would that be enough to move down to 23?
I think so, because in this scenario the Cardinals could have a choice of these players:
Terrace Marhsall Jr.
Then they pick again at 49?
Sign me up.