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Cardinals Draft Primer 2021: Tight End

Departure of Dan Arnold leaves group thin heading into draft


General Manager Steve Keim made some high-profile moves in free agency, adding J.J. Watt, Rodney Hudson, A.J. Green, Malcolm Butler and others. The Cardinals have lofty goals in 2021, and finding impact rookies would help fortify the roster. We will break down each position group heading into the draft, which will be held from Thursday, April 29 through Saturday, May 1.

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Players under contract: Maxx Williams, Darrell Daniels, Ian Bunting

Need: High

The Cardinals' situation: Dan Arnold headed to the Panthers in free agency, which leaves the Cardinals pretty thin at the position. Williams is back at the starter, and has proven to be a valuable piece when healthy, though injuries have been prevalent throughout his career. Daniels is expected to again fill a reserve role, while Bunting will aim to make the roster.

The draft class: Kyle Pitts isn't just the best tight end in the draft, but arguably the best non-quarterback prospect. He is expected to go as high as the top-5, which would put him well outside of the Cardinals' range. Penn State's Pat Freiermuth and Miami's Brevin Jordan are in the next tier and projected to go on Day 2. Boston College's Hunter Long and Notre Dame's Tommy Tremble are other tight end prospects of note.

The conclusion: The Cardinals could use a receiving tight end to bolster the group, and the draft would be a good place to add a youngster with upside. However, acquiring Pitts is a longshot and the absence of third- and fourth-round picks could make it tough to add a second-tier prospect. A late-round selection would not be a surprise considering the need at the position, but if the board doesn't line up well enough, GM Steve Keim may have to find other means to bolster the tight end group.

Images of some of the top tight end prospects heading into the draft