The Arizona Cardinals should only be looking at two options when they make their first round pick: Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher and Alabama G Chance Warmack. After seconds, possibly minutes of deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that Warmack is the best option. Whether or not you agree with me is irrelevant because if you don’t you’re probably wrong–check that, definitely wrong.
If the Cardinals were to draft Fisher in the first round, the possibility of moving OT Levi Brown to guard would become a reality. For now, let’s pretend like the Cardinals decide not to go after any of the big named offensive linemen in free agency. If they draft Fisher, their offensive line would look similar to this (from the left):
Eric Fisher, Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlein, Adam Snyder, Nate Potter
Sendlein’s status is still up in the air, but he’s a baller, so I assume he will be ready in time to play the 2013 season. In addition, I’d rather see Brown playing left tackle than Potter. He provides a little more protection. Even if it’s just a split second, it takes the defender to get around a bigger body, so moving Brown to guard doesn’t make sense with the personnel they have right now. If the Cardinals were to draft Warmack, their offensive line will look a little like this (from the left):
Brown, Warmack, Sendlein, Snyder, Potter
It may be just me here, but that looks like a pretty sexy offensive line. If Potter is able to put on 20 or 30 lbs in the off-season, Brown and his roles may switch, but for now this is how I like it.
Warmack is the obvious choice right now, but he may be gone before the Cardinals get a chance at him. The good news? The chances of three offensive linemen going in the first six picks are probably right around zero, so the Cardinals will get a chance at Fisher or Warmack assuming Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel goes number one to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Other offensive linemen like Bobby Massie still can play a role on the team. The Cardinals need to make sure they have some quality depth this year. This year, after week eight, it seemed like they were playing with a new group every Sunday because of injuries or terrible play by OT D’Anthony Batiste.
Warmack makes the most sense and if the Cardinals are smart and he is available, Chance won’t get past pick number seven.
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