What the NFL analysts are saying about Arizona Football players in the 2024 NFL Draft

It's NFL Draft season, and Arizona Football fans can care for the first time in a while. Two stars are draft locks, while two others could be drafted in the late rounds. We'll look at the NFL's Lance Zierlein and Daniel Jeremiah's takes on the former Wildcats.

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Tanner McLachlan. TE. Projection: 6th-7th Round. . 511. . player. TM. . Tanner McLachlan

McLachlan certainly threw Zierlein for a loop during the evaluation process, but it all boils down to the fact that McLachlan plays like he's bigger than he actually is. He is willing to run-block and has shown flashes, but he's missing the size and resulting leverage to do it reliably. His measurables, in all honesty, were a bit underwhelming. That said, McLachlan's effort jumps off the screen more than his shortcomings. He does the dirty work and isn't afraid to gut it out for a few extra yards. Zeirlein comes to the following conclusion on McLachlan:

"There are boxes that go unchecked, but his "whatever it takes" mentality is the kind of intangible that often turns prospects into pros."

Lance Zierlein

. . Projection: 7th Round/UDFA. Michael Wiley. player. RB. MW. Michael Wiley. 511.

Zierlein sees what I see when he evaluates Wiley: a one-cut, downhill runner with solid receiving upside. Some of the things holding Wiley back from being a better prospect are his decent-at-best speed and streaky vision; he gets caught often trying to force his way up the gut. He moves more like a freight train that takes a bit to get up to speed but can punish would-be tacklers once he's moving. He — like Cowing — also ups the ante when he smells 6 points and best projects as a third-down receiving back right away. Zierlein had this to say about Wiley:

"Wiley has some third-down potential but will need to prove he can play faster and with better vision to stay ahead of NFL defenses."

Lance Zierlein

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