The biggest news to come from the Arizona Cardinals this offseason was the reported rift the organization had with franchise quarterback, Kyler Murray. There were reports that Murray could look to push his way out of town as negotiations between the two sides on a new contract were not going well.
Figuring out Murray’s long-term future with the franchise is of the utmost importance. He has had his shortcomings, but their chances of finding success on the field any time soon increase with Murray under center.
While going up to his price would certainly help the sides get on the same page, it can never hurt to add more weapons around a quarterback to help them succeed. Arizona lost wide receiver Christian Kirk in free agency and A.J. Green remains a free agent, so someone will have to step up in replacing their production.
At the tight end spot, they were a little more fortunate. Zach Ertz, who was acquired via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles last season, was re-signed to a three-year deal. The team also brought back Maxx Williams on a one-year deal.
But, that doesn’t seem to have precluded the Cardinals from continuing to scout tight ends in the 2022 NFL Draft class. One intriguing prospect that they have shown interest in is Coastal Carolina tight end, Isaiah Likely.
Arizona used one of their private visits on Likely. Since teams are limited to only 30 private visits, it is fair to assume that Likely is someone that the Cardinals have a legitimate interest in selecting and they wanted to dig a little deeper with their scouting.
Likely had a nose for the end zone throughout his collegiate career, scoring 27 total touchdowns in 42 games. Recruited by some teams as a wide receiver, Likely’s biggest advantage is as a pass-catcher as he continues to round into form as a blocker. His skills after the catch were on full display, as he had five touchdowns of 50+ yards, possessing strength and speed after securing the reception.
In Arizona, he would be afforded the chance to hone those skills as he would be playing behind Ertz for at least the first two seasons of his career, as Ertz’s three-year deal has a potential out in 2024. Their third-round selection could be when they pull the trigger on Likely, as the Cardinals will then have a long time to wait until they are on the clock again.
After their selections in the first, second and third rounds, the Cardinals won’t pick again until the sixth round.