Despite posting a 5-10-1 record in 2019, it was a solid season for the Arizona Cardinals. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray made dazzling play after dazzling play in year one.
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury worked together with the young field general to create an explosive offensive attack. Heading into their second year together, both Kingsbury and his QB will look to become even better.
With that said, there are holes for the Cardinals to fill. The offensive line is still a mess, but surrounding Murray with another quality option at wide receiver would also help. Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy is one of the top couple receivers in this year’s draft and is as complete as they come at wideout.
Should he still be available at the No. 8 pick, Arizona would be wise to take him, and for a few reasons.
3. Helping Kyler Murray
An elite young wide receiver can take a ton of pressure off his quarterback. By adding Jeudy into the fold, Kyler Murray would have a tremendous security blanket and go-to threat in pretty much any situation.
Throwing for 3,722 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, those numbers could eclipse 4,000 and 30, respectively, in 2020 with Jeudy on the team. His route-running prowess, reliable hands, and athletic abilities are all music to a signal-callers ear.
2. Larry Fitzgerald’s leadership
Larry Fitzgerald, one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, plans on returning for the 17th season. He’s provided countless unforgettable moments as a member of the Cardinals. Over the last several years, he’s also become a top leader and mentor for those on the team.
Fitzgerald is the heart and soul of the organization. Should Jeudy become a member of the squad as well, he’ll get to fine-tune some of his skills courtesy of a Hall of Fame receiver.
Imagine someone with the athletic profile of Jeudy, as polished as he already is, improving just a little bit because of Fitzgerald’s assistance? What better teacher is there than firsthand experience? The veteran leadership would provide plenty of it, so having “Larry Legend” around would be a match made in heaven for Jeudy.
1. Forming a dynamic duo with Christian Kirk
Christian Kirk is emerging as a legitimate threat for the Cardinals. After catching 43 passes for 590 yards as a rookie, he started 13 games his sophomore season and improved on that production. He was a bit less effective on a per-catch basis but remains a lethal option as a big-play threat for Kingbury and Murray.
With Jeudy lined up across the field, attention would shift off of Kirk and onto the other young stud receiver. With Kirk under team control for the next two years at a minimum, he’d form one of the league’s best duos with Jeudy.