Now that this year's draft is over, how about a peek at 2022? No, we're not talking about a mock. Just about the picks the Cardinals have next year.
They are already without a fourth-round pick, surrendering that in the trade up to select cornerback Marco Wilson. But they are currently in line -- according to overthecap.com -- to pick up three compensatory selections based on free agency this spring. The deadline has passed for free agents to count in the equation, so anyone the Cards sign or lose at this point doesn't impact things.
Based on who the Cards already lost and who they signed, they will receive an extra fifth-round pick (for losing cornerback Patrick Peterson) and two seventh-round picks (for losing defensive lineman Angelo Blackson and tight end Dan Arnold.)
So right now, the Cards plan to have nine total picks in 2022, prior to any trades. They are the only NFC West team currently holding a first-round pick.
A few reminders:
- The Peterson deal normally would have pushed to a higher pick -- a fourth or maybe even a third -- but a rule put in a few years ago said any free agent leaving after 10 years, no matter how much his contract, could at best fetch a fifth-round pick;
- J.J. Watt (cut by the Texans) and Rodney Hudson (acquired in trade) did not count against the Cardinals in the equation.
- The losses of Haason Reddick and Kenyan Drake, each of whom might've brought in a sixth-round pick, were offset by the signings of A.J. Green and Matt Prater.