8. Arizona Cardinals – Original Pick: Isaiah Simmons
Isaiah Simmons came into the draft as debatably the most hyped up prospect on the board. Simmons’ ability to be a hard hitting linebacker and a ball hawking safety was hard to ignore. Simmons concluded his Clemson career credited with 253 tackles (28.5 for loss), 10.5 sacks, 22 pass breakups, four interceptions, five forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 1,856 career snaps over 44 games.
Simmons rookie season didn’t go how the Cardinals had hoped. Don’t get me wrong, he showed athleticism that cannot be taught and the potential is still there, but he really struggled to get comfortable and to find his role.
New Pick: Derrick Brown
As we discussed earlier, Derrick Brown had a very solid rookie season. Nothing he did jumped out on the stat sheet but it didn’t take very long for Brown to toss around opposing offensive lineman and make his presence felt.
While Brown’s rookie season could’ve gone better, there’s no doubt that he has one of the highest ceilings out of anyone in this draft class. His size, strength and potential keep him inside the top 10 in a re-draft.