PLUG AND PLAY
WR Christian Kirk: Although offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said quarterback Josh Rosen, the team's first-round pick, is more than capable to start right away in the NFL, that probably only happens if veteran Sam Bradford gets injured during the preseason. Kirk, on the other hand, will contribute right away as a punt and kickoff returner and be given every opportunity to step in as a regular on a receiving corps that's undergone enormous changes. He's a precise route-runner and although he can play all three wideout spots, the projection is he will work mostly from the slot as a rookie. That could change, though, the better he plays.
C/G Mason Cole: Given the injuries and inconsistencies that have rocked the Cardinals' offensive line over the past few seasons, the versatile Cole stands a more than reasonable chance to make an impact sooner rather than later. Veteran left guard Mike Iupati has had a history of foot and leg issues and it almost feels as if smallish center A.Q. Shipley is long overdue to miss some time after starting all 16 games each of the past two seasons. Cole, who has started 104 consecutive games dating back to his high-school days, will be an accountable force and his versatility, having played all three interior positions in addition to tackle at Michigan, makes him a Cardinals' rookie to watch in 2018.
WHAT THE HELL?
CB Chris Campbell: It isn't Campbell that made Cardinals' insiders scratch their heads so much as it was that Arizona waited until the sixth round before selecting a defensive player. For the second year in a row, the Cardinals found themselves in a situation where they needed to replace six starters on defense. And yet, they spent each of their first four picks in the draft - they traded away their fifth-round selection - on offense, going quarterback, wide receiver, offensive line and running back. It was thought the team would address the cornerback position a lot earlier than the sixth round. There was and also remains, a real need at safety, not to mention the defensive front. In Arizona's defense, it's not as if the offense couldn't stand some improvements. Last season, the Cardinals ranked 22nd in average yards per game, 24th in third-down percentage, 25th in total scoring and 30th in touchdowns scored in the red zone.