The Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen to be their quarterback of the future. The organization would like to protect their investment by giving him a left tackle who can keep him upright. Little is an offensive tackle who flashes Pro Bowl potential.
Some scouts prefer Alabama star Jonah Williams, but we think he’s slightly overrated due to all of the talent that surrounds him. Little has to work a lot harder to make the Ole Miss offense operate smoothly. No. 2 might be a little high to take him in a vacuum, but the Cardinals have a glaring need at tackle. They can’t afford to leave this draft without a top flight option.
Little also has the advantage of being a guy who should be able to play left tackle right away in the NFL. He’s not going to need a year at right tackle to adjust to the sort of edge rushers he’s going to face in the pros. His experience in the SEC will give him enough experience to play adequate football as a rookie.
Another interesting aspect of Little’s game is the fact that he shows real talent as a run blocker as well. He gets to the second level quite often for a left tackle. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not he can make that happen at the NFL level. Drafting Little here is a bit of a reach, but the Cardinals have to find a guy who can protect Rosen for years to come.