Some of the best young athletes on the planet are currently in Indianapolis for the NFL combine as they embark on new beginnings with high aspirations in the NFL.
Fortunately for the Cardinals, they will have the opportunity to select third in the upcoming draft. And with what may be back-to-back quarterbacks to kick things off, Arizona can grab just about whoever they please.
With day two of the NFL Combine in the books, let’s take a look at the handful of upcoming stars that the Cardinals have spoken with.
CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn St.
Porter kept it simple when describing Arizona, reminiscing on how the pools “felt like hot tubs” when he was younger.
Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. confirms he has met with the Arizona Cardinals.
Porter Jr. projects as high as a 1st round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Porter's dad Joey Sr. played the final two seasons of his career with the Cards. pic.twitter.com/TBOLNEeVbj
— PHNX Cardinals (@PHNX_Cardinals) March 2, 2023
The cornerback out of Penn St. ran a blazing 4.46–4.47 40-yard dash.
.@PennStateFball DB Joey Porter Jr. with an impressive 4.47u.
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His father, Joey Porter Sr., played 13 seasons in the NFL, and his final two were with none other than the Cardinals.
The last time Arizona drafted a cornerback was in 2011 with Patrick Peterson. Peterson, of course, went on to attend eight Pro Bowls as a member of the Cardinals before signing with the Vikings as a free agent in 2021.
WR Marvin Mims Jr., Oklahoma
As of now, Mims is projected to go in the second or third round, which may be an extremely tempting option for Arizona.
With the return of DeAndre Hopkins still up in the air, the Cardinals could very well look to pick up a talented young wide receiver to join Hollywood Brown and Greg Dorth.
By trading Hopkins, Arizona could potentially land a handful of second round picks or even a first-rounder, depending on how teams value the 30-year-old.
Mims reeled in over 1,000 yards and six touchdowns during his junior season at Oklahoma.
Included in those yards was this insane catch, which you may remember from back in November of 2022.
MARVIN MIMS JR. MIGHT'VE JUST MADE THE CATCH OF THE YEAR 🤯 pic.twitter.com/wy7R58orWQ
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 27, 2022
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA
Dorian Thompson-Robinson has suddenly become a major topic of discussion at the combine as many teams look for potential backup quarterbacks.
With the rising threat of serious injuries to a team’s starters, last season revealed that a talented backup quarterback can be a true difference maker.
Along with the Cardinals, the Vikings, Eagles, 49ers, and Cowboys have all met with this dual-threat quarterback out of UCLA.
UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson confirms to me he has met with the Arizona Cardinals. pic.twitter.com/Ov0B77mY3e
— Johnny Venerable (@JohnnyVenerable) March 3, 2023
With Kyler Murray out for almost half of the season, Arizona could potentially be looking to grab a quarterback as early as the third round. If Robinson is still available, one would assume Monti Ossenfort would give it serious consideration.
Robinson finished off his senior season with a college career high of 3154 yards and 27 touchdowns.
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