Many mock drafts are leaning towards offensive line when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals and this started well before the trade that brought in quarterback Carson Palmer.
There’s a theory that under enough protection and with a wide receiver like Larry Fitzgerald that Palmer could return to his borderline-elite 2005 form. While the offensive line still does possess massive holes at guard that were laughably addressed by signing Adam Snyder to start last offseason, the returns from season-ending injury by left tackle Levi Brown and center Lyle Sendlein along with the continued improvement of second-year right tackle Bobby Massie could leave this line looking not so terrible without adding a first-rounder.
Also, it’s just hard to claim excellent value when you’re going with a guard this early, especially if Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan is still on the board at pick No. 7. Jordan is regarded by many as the draft’s best pure pass rusher and his type of threat from the edge is exactly what this defense has sorely missed in recent years. Daryl Washington can wreak havoc from the inside backer spot when coming off the blitz, but there’s no reliable consistent quarterback pressure outside of end Calais Campbell, who could get Jordan on an island when rushing off the right side.
Jordan showed the ability to attack from either side in college as the Ducks remained creative in finding him ideal matchups. While his 14.5 career collegiate sacks don’t jump off the page, the potential he’s shown after switching from tight end along with a remarkable combine showing make him perhaps the most dangerous pass rusher in the 2013 NFL Draft. His 4.6 40-yard dash time, 6-6 height and ability to bend around the edge could greatly enhance a linebacking corps whose only quality piece is inside with Washington, who will miss the first four regular season games due to suspension.