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Arizona Cardinals draft needs: 5 small schoolers who can turn the Cardinals around

Arizona Cardinals need to protect quarterback Josh Rosen if they want to succeed. Here are five small school players who could really help them turn their future around. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)

The Arizona Cardinals need big time players on both sides of the ball. Besides QB, RB and CB the Cardinals could use solid competition at every position.  I would think their biggest priority is offensive line, because they have to protect their franchise QB. To us at Draft Diamonds the biggest needs are offensive tackle, wide receiver, cornerback, linebacker, and guard/center. I am going to look at a few small school players who can come in to the Arizona Cardinals that could come in and help them right now turn this team around. Remember the Cardinals scouts love small school players. They have been drafting some of our top rated small schoolers for the past couple years.

Many of the Cardinals fans have been drooling over big name prospects but we want to do something a little different this year. We want to focus on a few small school players who the average draft person is not talking about. So let’s get this thing started!

Matt Kaskey – University of Dartmouth – Offensive Tackle – Matt Kaskey is one of the meanest offensive lineman I have watched on film this year.  Kaskey is a player who really dominated in the Ivy League. Many draftniks are not aware of him but Kaskey is a mauler in the trenches.  The Winneka, Illinois native is a first team All-Ivy League player and a team captain. Kaskey maybe a later round pick or free agent but he could be a future All-Pro in the NFL.

Aaron Blockman – WR – Campbell University – Blockman is a 6010, 205 pound wide out with great speed and hands. Blockman hauled in 42 receptions this season for 580 yards and only three touchdowns, but he is an all-purpose guy.  Going into his sernior year he was fifth all time on Campbell’s list for 2,257 all purpose yards.  He was a 1000 yard receiver his sophomore year as well. This kid has tons of potential and is one of the biggest sleepers in the draft.  I could see him going late in the draft, but if he does end up going undrafted teams will be blowing up his phone, and rightfully so.

Deion Harris – CB – North Dakota – If Deion Harris does not suffer an injury he is a draft pick.  He was one of the best players coming into this season for small schoolers and he was set back by an injury. Teams are always looking for sleepers and this kid is it.  Teams may have forgotten about him, but I didn’t. Harris is a 6020 defensive back who was an All-American before getting hurt. He played in every game his Freshman season and remained a starter ever since.  Career wise he finished with 107 tackles, 9 interceptions and 38 pass break-ups.  This kid is a steal and will likely end up being an undrafted free agent.

B.J. Blunt – LB – McNeese State – The Cardinals love speed at their linebacker positions and they also love guys that can get to the QB.  Blunt is a kid that can do that. The 6010, 220 pound pass rusher is an animal off the edge. He is a former defensive back moved to linebacker. He can cover and is not afraid to hit you. He finished his senior year with 102 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 6 pass break ups. Blunt and Bucannon (if retained) could be fun to watch. I think Blunt will be drafted and could see the 6th round as his target.

Tommy Dennis – OG – University of Penn – If you want to win you better protect your quarterback and keep him upright. Tommy Dennis from Penn is very similar to Will House the former Southern Nazarene University offensive guard that stuck around on the Cardinals practice squad through the entire 2018 season. Kingsbury will want mean and gritty O-Lineman and Dennis has those attributes.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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