After having one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season, it’s no secret the Arizona Cardinals are looking to add depth down in the trenches.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Cardinals reportedly worked out South Carolina’s Zack Bailey with the NFL Draft right around the corner.
While Arizona has other names in mind for the No. 1 pick, Bailey is a projected early third-day pick, added Garafolo. The third day consists of rounds four through seven.
In four seasons with the Gamecocks, Bailey played in 46 games for South Carolina, starting in 38 of them. Primarily playing left guard, Bailey also spent time at center (2015) and right tackle (2017).
In 2018, Bailey was named to Athlon Sports’ 2018 preseason second-team All-SEC team, and also made The Associated Press’ second team All-SEC team. A broken fibula cut his season short, however, suffering the injury in the team’s regular season finale. For his efforts, the lineman was invited to not only the East-West Shrine game, but also the NFL Draft Combine.
Although coming off the injury, Bailey did 24 bench press reps, had a 28-inch vertical and 103-inch broad jump.
While the line struggled mightily last season, the Cardinals fared well using a later pick on an O-line man in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Last season, one of the diamonds in the offensive-line rough was rookie center Mason Cole, a third-round selection.
After starting center A.Q. Shipley, one of the most durable lineman on the team, went down with a torn ACL in the team’s Red & White practice, Cole stepped in and stepped up.
Cole was the only lineman to start all 16 games. He also played nearly 100 percent of the snaps.
On the flip side, seven Cardinals offensive lineman found themselves on the IR, while another was waived.
In total, the Cardinals had 10 different line combinations throughout the season.
The Cardinals hold 11 picks in the upcoming NFL draft.