As a lead-up to the 2024 NFL draft, we’ve broken down the current depth chart of every NFL team and identified the biggest draft and team needs for the Arizona Cardinals.

You can find additional team-by-team draft needs articles and other draft content on our 2024 NFL Draft Hub.

Cardinals Draft Needs: Top Positions of Need in 2024

  1. Wide Receiver
  2. Cornerback
  3. Front Seven

What Picks Do the Arizona Cardinals Have in 2024?

The Arizona Cardinals have 11 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, including:

  • Round 1 (4)
  • Round 1 (27)
  • Round 2 (35)
  • Round 3 (66)
  • Round 3 (71)
  • Round 3 (90)
  • Round 4 (104)
  • Round 5 (138)
  • Round 5 (162)
  • Round 6 (186)
  • Round 7 (226)

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Arizona Cardinals Draft Capital Stats

Our Sharp Draft Value Rank is a valuation of draft capital based on a combination of average performance delivered and average dollars earned on second contracts.

This is based on two public models: performance delivered based on draft slot (the AV model created by Chase Stuart) and contractual earnings in non-rookie deals based upon draft slot (the OTC model created by Brad Spielberger and Jason Fitzgerald).

  • Cardinals Sharp Draft Value Rank: 1 of 32 teams
  • Cardinals AV Model Draft Value Rank: 1 of 32 teams
  • Cardinals OTC Model Draft Value Rank: 1 of 32 teams

Arizona Cardinals Draft Value vs. Other Teams:

The Cardinals’ draft value is 80% higher than the league average of all 32 teams. No other team has more draft value entering the 2024 NFL Draft.

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Arizona Cardinals Draft Prediction:

Brendan Donahue has the Cardinals selecting Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR, Ohio State) with the 4th overall pick in his most recent 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Mock draft expert Ryan McCrystal believes the Cardinals could target a receiver like Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR, Ohio State) with their top pick at No. 4 overall in the first round.

Arizona Cardinals Strength of Schedule, 2024

The Arizona Cardinals have the 16th-easiest NFL strength of schedule for the 2024 NFL season.

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Arizona Cardinals Offense: Depth Chart, Analysis & Draft Needs

Rich Hribar breaks down the offensive depth chart by position for the Arizona Cardinals, identifying areas where the team could improve in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Cardinals Offense Infographic

Quarterback Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. Kyler Murray
  2. Desmond Ridder
  3. Clayton Tune

Kyler Murray will enter his sixth season in the NFL.

With a 28-36-1 career record as a starter, Murray enters the portion of his contract extension that carries hefty weight.

He has a cap hit of $43 million or more in each of the five seasons, without a realistic out year without a significant cap penalty coming until after the 2026 season.

Returning to the lineup in Week 10 from an ACL injury suffered in 2022, Murray was a mixed bag.

He completed 65.7% of his passes, which was his lowest rate since his rookie season in 2019.

His 6.7 yards per pass attempt did climb from a pedestrian 6.1 Y/A mark in 2022 but still ranked 21st in the NFL over the span of his return.

His 41.8% success rate and -0.01 EPA per dropback were the lowest rates of his career, coming in 21st and 18th in the league Weeks 10-18.

Murray once again struggled his most when tasked to throw downfield.

On throws 10 yards or further, Murray completed just 41.0% (32-of-78) of his throws. That ranked 26th in the league over the span of his return.

This follows a 41.7% completion rate on those throws in 2022, which ranked 40th in the NFL among all passers with 100 or more pass attempts.

There are still plenty of excuses to make for Murray on the surface if you are looking for them.

Outside of coming back from a major injury, his 31.2% pressure rate was the second-highest of his career.

He only threw from a clean pocket on 62.5% of his dropbacks, the lowest rate of his career.

The top route runners on the team over his return were Trey McBride (85.7% of dropbacks), Greg Dortch (75.4%), and Rondale Moore (71.1%). The only other pass-catcher to run a route on half of Murray’s dropbacks was Michael Wilson (56.8%).

That said, as highlighted to open, we are now in the stretch of Murray’s contract where he has to elevate those around him rather than have that surrounding core being a crutch for output.

The team added Desmond Ridder in a low-leverage trade as a backup.

Ridder still has two cap-friendly seasons on his rookie deal for under $1.5 million each season.

Clayton Tune still has three seasons left in his rookie deal.

Running Back Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. James Conner
  2. Michael Carter
  3. Emari Demercado
  4. DeeJay Dallas
  5. Tony Jones

The running game was the bright spot of this offense in Drew Petzing’s first season as offensive coordinator.

As a team, Arizona was sixth in the NFL in EPA per rush (0.02) and second in the league in yards per carry (5.0 YPC).

James Conner anchored the run game with one of the most efficient seasons of his career.

Among 49 running backs to have 100 or more rushes in 2023, Conner ranked:

  • Fourth in EPA per rush (0.07)
  • Sixth in success rate (43.3%)
  • Sixth in yards per carry (5.0)
  • Fourth in the rate of runs for 10 or more yards (14.9%)
  • Sixth in the rate of runs to result in a first down or touchdowns (27.4%)
  • Second in yards after contact per rush (3.93)

Conner averaged 5.1 yards per touch, his highest rate since 2018.

Of course, Conner also missed four games.

He has now missed multiple games in each of his seven seasons.

Over the four weeks that Conner missed in 2023, Arizona running backs were 21st in the league in EPA per rush (-0.19) and 20th in success rate (34.3%).

That was before the team added Michael Carter during the season.

Carter had a small sample with Arizona (only 22 rushes), but he did rush for 6.8 yards per carry on those runs.

Conner will be 29 years old and will enter the final season of his current contract.

The only running backs that Arizona has signed beyond this upcoming season are DeeJay Dallas and Emari Demercado.

This is not a pressing need for 2024, but given Conner’s age, consistent time missed, and his expiring contract, Arizona could add a rookie option to the roster for competition and contractual depth.

Wide Receiver Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. Michael Wilson
  2. Greg Dortch
  3. Zach Pascal
  4. Chris Moore
  5. Dan Chisena
  6. Jeff Smith
  7. Andre Baccellia
  8. Daniel Arias
  9. Kaden Davis

A major problem area for this offense, Arizona wide receivers were 30th in the NFL in receptions (157), 30th in receiving yards (1,790), and tied for 23rd with 10 touchdowns in 2023.

Arizona wideouts combined for 11.4 yards per reception (27th) and a 56.7% catch rate (30th).

As a unit, their 1.39 yards per route run ranked ahead of only the Patriots (1.36) and Jets (1.27).

With Kyler Murray back in Weeks 10-18, Greg Dortch led the wide receiver group with only 278 yards.

Dortch has been a solid role player any time that Arizona has extended his playing time, but he is an ancillary pass catcher, not an anchor.

It is finally time that Arizona sinks draft capital into the position.

The team has made trades for DeAndre Hopkins and Marquise Brown since drafting Murray, but the only wide receivers they have selected in the top-100 picks since taking Murray have been Andy Isabella, Rondale Moore, and Michael Wilson.

Wilson was fine as a rookie, catching 38-of-58 targets for 565 yards and three touchdowns.

His highlight performance came in Week 4 against San Francisco, catching all seven of his targets for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

Through eight weeks, Wilson was sixth among all rookie wide receivers in yards per game (50.1). He ranked first among that group with a first down or touchdown on 57.6% of his targets over that stretch.

Wilson then picked up a shoulder injury that sidelined him for four of the final nine games. He caught only 13-of-25 targets for 164 yards and a touchdown over the back half of the season but did close the year with six catches for 95 yards in the regular-season finale.

Wilson should compete for a starting job at minimum in 2024 and could be locked in as the WR2 in 2WR sets pending what Arizona does in the draft with all of their early draft picks.

We all know that Arizona is positioned to grab a front-end pass catcher in this draft at No. 4 overall. We went in-depth on the strength of the top tier of wideouts a few weeks back.

But with seven of the top 104 selections of this draft, Arizona should not only be in the market for one of the elite wideouts at the top but also should be making multiple selections at the position.

Given that Murray’s contract is going to make it harder to pay out high-end salaries at positions that require them, Arizona needs to invest and hit at those positions with valuable rookie contracts.

Tight End Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. Trey McBride
  2. Elijah Higgins
  3. Travis Vokolek
  4. Blake Whiteheart
  5. Bernhard Seikovits

After a disappointing rookie season, Trey McBride once again started slowly in 2023, buried on the depth chart behind veteran Zach Ertz.

McBride played fewer snaps than Ertz in each of the opening five games of the season, catching only eight passes over that span and running 48 pass routes while Ertz had 22 receptions and had run 140 routes.

McBride then trickled up in playing time in Week 6 before Ertz suffered a season-ending knee injury that unlocked the full runway for McBride to capitalize and showcase the ability and production that got him selected in the second round the year prior.

Over the final 11 games of the season, McBride was second among all tight ends in receptions (69), and third in receiving yards (684) with three touchdowns.

He led the position in team target share (25.9%) over that period while ranking second in target rate per route run (27.2%).

When Kyler Murray returned in Week 10, McBride led the team with 538 yards receiving while the next closest player on the team had only 278 yards.

McBride will enter 2024 as a core component of this passing game.

Offensive Line Depth Chart, Cardinals:

LT: Jonah Williams, Kelvin Beachum
LG: Elijah Wilkinson, Trystan Colon, Marquis Hayes
C: Hjalte Froholdt, Evan Brown, Jon Gaines
RG: Will Hernandez, Carter O’Donnell, Keith Ismael, Austen Pleasants
RT: Paris Johnson, Dennis Daley, Jackson Barton

The Arizona offensive line was a solid unit in the running game last season but still left a lot to be desired in pass protection.

The team ranked sixth in ESPN’s run block win rate (72%) but ranked 19th in pass block win rate (57%).

The team used the No. 6 pick in last year’s draft on Paris Johnson, who played in all 17 games and took every snap on the team at right tackle.

Johnson allowed pressure on 6.6% of his snaps in protection, which ranked 49th among tackles last season with 100 or more snaps in protection.

Both Will Hernandez and Hjalte Froholdt also played and started in all 17 games last season.

Both are returning in 2024, but both are also unrestricted free agents after this season.

Neither one has shown themselves to be truly top of the line at their positions, either.

Hernandez ended 2023 ranking 20th among qualifying guards in overall grade at Pro Football Focus while Froholdt was 19th among centers.

Both veterans are good bets to not have their jobs threatened in 2024, but Arizona should not be complacent with either, regardless of factoring in that each has an expiring contract.

Arizona went out and added Jonah Williams in free agency to potentially fill the void left by D.J. Humphries, who the team released to open the offseason and was expected to miss the season with an ACL injury.

Williams had a disappointing tenure with the Bengals.

After being selected 11th overall in 2020, Williams had his overall grade at Pro Football Focus drop every season from the year before.

What is interesting about this move is that Williams moved over to play right tackle full-time last season for the Bengals and lowered his pressure and sack rates allowed.

Arizona could move Campbell to left tackle in his second season and keep Williams on the right side.

There is a lot of pedigree here at the tackle position in Arizona, but the performance of both at left tackle facing premier pass rushers will be up in the air entering the season.

Playing left tackle in 2022, Williams ranked 54th among all tackles in pressure rate allowed (6.4%) and allowed double-digit sacks playing on the left side in each of the two seasons before last year.

The left guard position is wide open. We should see an outright competition there this summer between Elijah Wilkinson, Evan Brown, Trystan Colon, or even a rookie.

Both Wilkinson and Colon combined for all of the snaps at left guard last season, but both were well below the base grade at the position.

Wilkinson allowed a 9.5% pressure rate, which ranked 89th among 95 qualifying guards in protection.

The interior offensive line is not only a potential need for 2024, but the only interior lineman that Arizona has signed beyond this season is Jon Gaines, whom they selected in the fourth round last season. Gaines did not appear in a game in 2023 after being placed on injured reserve in August.

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Arizona Cardinals Defense: Depth Chart, Analysis & Draft Needs

Raymond Summerlin breaks down the defensive depth chart by position for the Arizona Cardinals, identifying areas where the team could improve in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Cardinals Defense Infographic

Defensive Line Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. Justin Jones
  2. Bilal Nichols
  3. Khyiris Tonga
  4. L.J. Collier
  5. Dante Stills
  6. Roy Lopez
  7. Phil Hoskins
  8. Naquan Jones
  9. Ben Stille

Arizona used a three-man front on 60.2% of their defensive snaps last season, the fifth-highest rate in the league.

They gave up 4.6 yards per carry on running back runs (31st) and 1.65 yards before contact on RB runs (31st).

The Cardinals finished 29th in ESPN’s run stop win rate.

Understandably, this was an area of focus in free agency, with the team bringing in Justin Jones, Bilal Nichols, and Khyiris Tonga.

Both Jones and Nichols got over $10 million guaranteed.

Jones was part of a strong Bears run defense, but he was not a standout against the run.

He was 42nd among defensive linemen with a run stuff on 3.4% of his run defense snaps, and he finished 69th among defensive linemen in PFF’s run stop percentage.

Jones did have 4.5 sacks, but his pressure rate is not outstanding.

It feels like the Cardinals overpaid, but Jones is certainly an upgrade on what they had last year.

The same is true of Nichols, who actually tied with Jones in PFF’s run stop percentage and has a worse pressure rate.

Tonga can also help out against the run, but he has been a rotational player to this point.

Dante Stills got good experience as a rookie and established himself as at worst a usable depth option.

This unit is clearly better than it was, but they could add more.

EDGE Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. Zaven Collins
  2. BJ Ojulari
  3. Dennis Gardeck
  4. Victor Dimukeje
  5. Jesse Luketa
  6. Tyreke Smith
  7. Cameron Thomas

Arizona finished 24th in pressure rate a season ago and 30th in sacks (33).

Zaven Collins made the switch to the edge last season with limited success.

He was 64th among qualified pass rushers in pressure rate, finishing with 3.5 sacks.

Collins was better against the run, but he still has some work to do as a pass rusher, and the Cardinals will have to decide on his fifth-year option soon.

A second-round pick last year, BJ Ojulari finished with four sacks in a rotational role, getting pressure on 13.4% of his pass rushing snaps.

Ojulari taking a step forward would be big for this unit.

Dennis Gardeck was the best pass rusher for the Cardinals last season.

He only finished with six sacks, but his 18.3% pressure rate was third among all qualifying pass rushers.

Gardeck will turn 30 this year and maxed out at 7 sacks back in 2020, but he also earned easily the most snaps of his career last season.

Perhaps there is some growth possibility heading into the final year of his deal.

A third-round pick back in 2022, Cameron Thomas took a step back in his second season.

Victor Dimukeje, on the other hand, is coming off the best season of his career, logging a 16.8% pressure rate and four sacks on limited opportunities.

This unit has some players with upside paths, but it would look better with a front-end starter.

Linebacker Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. Kyzir White
  2. Mack Wilson
  3. Krys Barnes
  4. Owen Pappoe
  5. Tyreek Maddox-Williams
  6. Trevor Nowaske

Kyzir White followed Jonathan Gannon from Philly, starting 11 games and playing 95% of the snaps before landing on injured reserve.

White was not outstanding last season, finishing 71st among linebackers in PFF’s run stop percentage and giving up 7.0 yards per target in coverage (38), but his presence was missed after he went down.

It is not a surprise, then, that the Cardinals added Mack Wilson to the mix in free agency.

Wilson was great in a rotational role with the Patriots last season, especially in coverage, but he has not been a full-time player since his rough rookie season with the Browns.

Krys Barnes played the most snaps of the returning linebackers other than White and held up pretty well against the run, so it made sense to bring him back.

2023 fifth-rounder Owen Pappoe did not make a rookie impact, but he showed impressive physical tools at last year’s Combine.

Like the rest of the front seven, the situation here is not awful, but they should be looking for more talent.

Cornerback Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. Sean Murphy-Bunting
  2. Starling Thomas V
  3. Garrett Williams
  4. Divaad Wilson
  5. Kei’Trel Clark
  6. Quavian White
  7. Bobby Price
  8. Michael Ojemudia
  9. Darren Hall

The Cardinals finished 27th in yards per pass attempt allowed (7.6) and 32nd in EPA per dropback last season.

Arizona started their rebuild of this unit by signing Sean Murphy-Bunting in free agency.

Murphy-Bunting has a lot of experience and has played well at times, but he is coming off a down season in which he allowed 9.3 yards per target in coverage.

Starling Thomas V was forced into action last season, playing 474 snaps, but like the rest of the secondary struggled in coverage.

2023 third-rounder Garrett Williams did find some success covering the slot late in the season, and he could be an option moving forward.

Kei’Trel Clark was also decent as a rookie in his opportunities on the field.

Those young players getting work last season is a positive, but this still looks like a massive position of need.

Safety Depth Chart, Cardinals:

  1. Budda Baker
  2. Jalen Thompson
  3. Andre Chachere
  4. Joey Blount
  5. Verone McKinley III

Safety is the one spot on this defense that looks fairly set, at least for this year.

Budda Baker asked for a trade last offseason and ended up missing a large chunk of the beginning of the season with an injury.

Once he returned, though, Baker played well, finishing 10th among safeties in tackle percentage on rushing snaps.

Baker is headed into the final year of his contract, so there are some long-term questions at the top of the depth chart.

Jalen Thompson is also coming off a solid season in which he played nearly 85% of the defensive snaps despite missing two games.

Thompson tied for 17th in the league with 4 interceptions last season.

Andre Chachere has primarily been a special teams player to this point in his career, but he held his own while Baker was out with injury.

It looks like he is a solid enough third option.

Given the needs throughout the rest of the roster, this is not a primary area of concern, but Baker’s future does add some intrigue.

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