2013 NFL Draft: Arizona Cardinals Need to Select QB in First Round

By Dan Parzych
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With the 2013 NFL Draft quickly approaching, the Arizona Cardinals have plenty of areas they can focus on the first round considering they won just five games during the 2012 season–which is disappointing since they started the year off with a 4-0 record. If there was one thing to take away from last season, it would be the offensive line was absolutely horrendous and while that may not be a bad area to focus on the first round, the team’s best option may be to go with a quarterback.

While there’s no standout quarterbacks guaranteed to be a top-10 pick like previous years, the Cardinals could find themselves in the perfect position to take a player like Geno Smith or Matt Barkley when they’re on the clock at No. 7. These two quarterbacks still have plenty to prove when it comes to making the adjustment to the NFL level, but they may be worth the risk when it comes to finding a quarterback to build the franchise around.

Even if they did recently acquire Carson Palmer–it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out he’s not going to be around for the long run.

Arizona made a huge mistake by acquiring Kevin Kolb two years ago and investing a ton of money in the quarterback–so hopefully they’ll be smarter this time around if they do end up selecting a quarterback in this year’s draft. The team could easily go with an offensive lineman, but it’s clear they should strongly consider a quarterback with the No. 7 pick.

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