Hope is a best-seller in the NFL, and the Cardinals are proof

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim and president Michael Bidwill watch training camp on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (Logan Newman/98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station)

Sports fans don’t have to be logical. The NFL prefers you don’t.

League executives applaud when you sit in front of a television watching the NFL Combine, better known as the Underwear Olympics. They rejoice when you treat the NFL’s schedule release like an offseason Super Bowl, assigning wins and losses to all 17 games based solely on the sequencing of opponents.

They love when you obsess for months over regenerated and updated mock drafts, the cheapest form of content this side of staged debate shows. And they love how all 32 NFL teams somehow stage the perfect draft, year after year, injecting saccharine and optimism on cue directly into the bloodstream of fan bases all across the country.

Smart observers in Arizona know better, especially given Steve Keim’s painful track record in the NFL draft. But hope is a powerful emotion, and a best-seller in the NFL.

So how did the Cardinals really do over NFL draft weekend?

It’s complicated.

The team took some interesting chances. They moved up to get a high-end athlete, Marco Wilson, who committed one of the most egregious mental errors in the history of the college football. One bad moment should not define any of us, but Wilson is also joining an Arizona team…

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