Arizona Cardinals First-Round Needs in 2013 NFL Draft

By Thomas Emerick
Dion Jordan
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A very common take in the mock-draft world earlier this year had a wide array of quarterback prospects going to the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft. While Kevin Kolb did lead the Cards off to a decent — and some would argue unsustainable — start to the previous season, he had never strung together a healthy season or even half-season his entire career. It seemed unlikely for Arizona to get settled at quarterback until one arrived in the draft or perhaps another major trade came through, like the one for Kolb in 2011.

Well, it was the latter at happened with the Oakland Raiders dealing Carson Palmer down to the desert, and now attention is most likely to be turned away from the signal-caller spot with the No. 7 overall selection.

The much-maligned offensive line could use a boost in this draft, but I’m not sure it’s worth doing at seventh overall. Bobbie Massie improved vastly down the stretch in 2011 at the right tackle spot, and figures to grow more in his second year. Meanwhile, left tackle Levi Brown became quite viable down the stretch in 2011, before a preseason injury sent him to injured reserve in the 2012 preseason. The guard spot has been extremely weak, especially with the choice to sign and start right guard Adam Snyder last season, but I don’t like the value of taking one as high as No. 7.

Therefore, I think upgrading a pass rush that could use some extra punch coming off the edge is the right move to make. If either Oregon‘s Dion Jordan, LSU‘s, Barkevious Mingo or Georgia‘s Jarvis Jones, I would pull the trigger on one of these terrifying edge rushers in the first round.

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