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Cardinals' Mock Draft Tracker 2017

Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes the most commonly projected player at No. 13


From left: WR Corey Davis, QB Patrick Mahomes and CB Marlon Humphrey are the most commonly linked players to the Cardinals at No. 13.

The draft is finally here, and the analysts have made the final calls in their mock drafts. The Cardinals are being linked to several different players with their No. 13 pick, although a certain quarterback is the most popular choice. Last year, three mock drafters correctly pegged defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche to the team with the No. 29 pick. Here are the predictions for 2017:

QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech(picked by Sports Illustrated's Emily Kaplan; The Ringer's Danny Kelly;'s Daniel Jeremiah; CBS Sports' Pete Prisco; Yahoo!'s Evan Silva; CBS Sports' Will Brinson; Bleacher Report's Matt Miller): This has been far and away the trendiest projection, as the Cardinals need a quarterback of the future and Mahomes fits their system. He may have the highest upside of any quarterback in the draft, but the gunslinger also played with very little structure with the Red Raiders. The Cardinals must decide if Mahomes can be properly recalibrated. This seems like a true boom-or-bust choice, one that would define the organization's path for the next several years.

CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama (picked by Fox Sports' Peter Schrager; NFL Network's Mike Mayock; Pro Football Focus' Cris Collinsworth): There is split opinion on the second-best cornerback in the class behind Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore. The 6-foot-, 197-pound Humphrey is in that mix as he has a rare blend of size and physical gifts. The Cardinals are expected to target a cornerback at some point in the draft, and Humphrey could be one of the early options.

WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan(picked's Charley Casserly; USA Today's Nate Davis): Most of the momentum has swung away from the Cardinals choosing a wideout early, with defense or quarterback more expected. Bruce Arians has contributed to that by pointing out he has done a good job finding successful receivers in the later rounds. If the Cardinals take one early, Davis, a big-bodied record-setter in college, seems like a legitimate option.

S Malik Hooker, Ohio State (picked by ESPN's Todd McShay and's Lance Zierlein): Most expect Hooker to go within the top-10, but if he is available at No. 13, the Cardinals may be intrigued. They could use another talented young player at safety, and while he has only one year of experience, Hooker burst onto the scene with the Buckeyes and has impressive instincts. He had seven interceptions last season and would pair nicely with Tyrann Mathieu as game-changers at the position.

WR Mike Williams, Clemson (picked by ESPN's Mel Kiper and CBS Sports' Dane Brugler): The Clemson wideout remains a common connection to the Cardinals. He is a polished product who could be an impact contributor early on. Williams seems like a pretty safe pick if Steve Keim and Arians want to lock up a wideout who could become the go-to guy after Larry Fitzgerald retires.

QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson (picked by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora): Watson is the most established of the quarterback prospects after a fantastic college career which he capped with a national championship. However, the velocity on his passes wasn't as good as some of the others at the combine, which could be a concern in Arians' vertical offensive attack.

CB Tre'Davious White, LSU (picked by Bleacher Report's Doug Farrar and Pro Football Focus' Jordan Plocher): Like Humphrey, White is a long and athletic corner who could be in the mix to play immediately. The Cardinals already have a pair of LSU stars in their secondary with cornerback Patrick Peterson and Mathieu, and White has the potential to be an NFL standout as well.

LB Haason Reddick, Temple (picked by Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke): A former collegiate walk-on, it seems like Reddick now has a legitimate chance of going in the top-15. He was an edge rusher in college, accumulating 10½ sacks and 22½ tackles for loss, but would be a better fit at inside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 defensive scheme. It's not a premier position like cornerback or outside linebacker, so the Cardinals would have to be convinced Reddick could be a star to draft him this high.

LB Reuben Foster, Alabama (picked by Bleacher Report's Mike Tanier): Once a trendy pick for the Cardinals, various off-the-field incidents during the pre-draft process have seemingly hurt Foster's stock. He is a top-10 talent, but character concerns may make the teams in the top half of the first round think twice about choosing him.

DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama (picked by The MMQB's Peter King): After a very productive career with the Crimson Tide, most believe Allen will be among the top five players taken. The Cardinals haven't been linked to many defensive linemen in mock drafts, but if he slips and the team believes he is a perennial Pro Bowler in waiting, it could decide to beef up the group.

Images of the Cardinals' first-round picks since moving to Arizona in advance of Thursday's first round

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