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FFMD is a forum-wide GM mock draft designed to give the members of the site a fun way to pass the time during the dry spells of the offseason taking place April 1st and takes us to just a few days of the irl NFL draft.  There were two versions of this mock, however we will only be operating version 2. FFMD II, consists of a full 7 round mock draft with the ability to trade picks and/or players without the stress of a salary cap or the confusion of a free agency.  Current free agents, not signed by another team by Apr. 1st are relocated back to the original team.

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Alright guys, I'm the GM of the Cardinals. 

So far, I believe we need:

Long-term RT due to Gilbert's age and in case Justin Murray takes a step back or prices himself out of the Cardinals range

RG - I don't think we have our starting RG on the roster. JR Sweezy had decent stats, but was beaten often.

C - I really like Lamont Gaillard, and I believe he can be a long-term starter at C or either guard spot. He gives the team flexibility to upgrade two spots with one pick if the team drafts or trades for a good center.

Potential LG - so far, Justin Pugh has been a bust. He's been hampered by injuries and playing out of position by having to switch to RT multiple times, but maybe the team drafts a LG of the future or trades away Pugh to remove that cap hit.

CB - We have Patrick Peterson, Robert Alford, and Byron Murphy as our projected top 3 CBs. PP was fantastic down the stretch last year, but could suffer regression as he ages, and Alford is an older vet coming off of injury. I like Murphy, but he's essentially a slot-only corner and was inconsistent last year. Good teams have depth at corner, and the Cardinals need that. 

5-or-3-tech - We have Corey Peters playing nose, with Jordan Phillips playing 3-tech. Zach Allen projects to start at 5-tech. He has a non-stop motor, great power, and sure tackling ability. He's in need of development as a pass rusher. Ideally, we could get someone to contribute to the interior DL. Someone like Derrick Brown offers flexibility to play at all three positions. 

OLB - Devon Kennard is decent, but I'm not sold on him and having more pass rushers is never a bad thing. 


We also need to figure out: what is Haason Reddick?

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Alright, guys, I traded a late pick for Jake Butt and a later pick. I figure he can be an upgrade over Dan Arnold or Maxx Williams when healthy. At the very least, it checks a box off of our potential needs and we still have the ability to take a flyer on someone late in the draft.

I'm thinking of going after Ken Webster from the Dolphins, what are your thoughts? @DirtyDez @11sanchez11 @LuckyNumber11 @x0x

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10 minutes ago, Forge said:

That's a really nice trade @HoboRocket. Reddick is brutal. Playing linebacker while not able to cover and not able to tackle is a drawback. He basically can blitz some. 

Reddick has upside. He's been good at times. He's also been asked to cover Cooper Kupp and George Kittle on an every-down basis. He's literally a former DT. Being asked to cover arguably the best slot WR and the best TE in football. Vance Joseph is in over his head. And it doesn't help that he was learning a brand-new position and has had 3 DCs in 3 years, and each one tried to use him differently. Couple that with a rash of injuries in our front seven, and the Cardinals have used him at DE, JACK, SAM, WILL, and MIKE. Even covering Kupp. Did it work? Nope. Of course not! Anthony Barr got wrecked by Kupp and he's basically Reddick had Reddick played LB his whole life. Not sure why Wilks/Joseph thought differently. Scrubs. Reddick can tackle, but he's over-aggresive when it comes to tackling in space. That comes from his background of not really playing in space, and like I said, he hasn't been able to just buckle down and learn the position because they haven't let him have a true position. He's a good blitzer and disruptor with an A+ personality, work ethic, and the athleticism to cover, but a lack of reps and experience to hone his instincts on HOW to go about it. He just needs a change of scenery, and I'm willing to bet that he'll improve a lot under Jim Schwartz in our fake world of football. He hasn't been consistently good and has been embarrassed at times, but I think it's a miracle and testament of his work ethic that he was even able to get to the point that he's not getting destroyed on every play and even playing well at times while learning 3 new playbooks under 3 different head coaches and 3 defensive coordinators, 5 new positions, and literally both base defensive schemes in the past three years. 

As for Sydney Jones, I love what he brings to the table and he's literally played with Byron Murphy before (who, in turn, played in High School with Christian Kirk and DJ Foster... team chemistry, guys). He's on the upswing, too, much like Reddick (though with Jones it's a steeper slope over a shorter length of time). He was my CB2 behind Marshon Lattimore and a top-20 prospect in 2017. It's a player-for-player swap as a one-year rental and we'll see how this goes.

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7 hours ago, 11sanchez11 said:

I think reddick is a good cover lb in man to man

Right. He's hit-and-miss there, just doesn't have the experience he needs, but a lot of him looking bad is due to being given assignments that are really setting him up to fail.

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7 hours ago, 11sanchez11 said:

I literally don't know who these ppl are lol

jake sounds like the lb who DJ absolutely embarrassed all gm a couple of years ago


Ken Webster is a soon-to-be second-year CB out of Ole Miss that fell because of medical issues and inconsistency, but he tested really well at the Combine and was considered a first-round prospect at times during the pre-draft process.

Jake Butt is the stud TE from Michigan that won the Ozzie Newsome award in college and was very well-liked, had a shot at being a first-round pick in that loaded 2017 draft, or at least an early day 2 pick, but fell because of a serious injury. And since then he's only played 3 NFL games due to injuries, but for the most part they've been freaky and out of his control similar to Keenan Allen's injuries. He's a great weapon, very smart. They say he's limited as a blocker due to his frame, but that's what they say with literally almost every TE prospect nowadays, and he's a good blocker for his size, gives good effort. Great hands, adept at sitting at soft spots in the zone, can beat man coverage deep, and well-worth a late-round flyer, where he has more promise than any other TE prospect that late in the draft. I got Butt, missed out on Webster, but then I got Sydney Jones.

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