Arizona Cardinals 7-Round Mock NFL Draft, Late-April Edition

Arizona Cardinals' 7-Round Mock Draft, Late-April Edition

Arizona Cardinals' 7-Round Mock Draft, Late-April Edition
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After easily being the best team in the NFL to miss the playoffs in 2013, the Arizona Cardinals are in good shape heading into the 2014 season. But they have a lot of ground to make up if they going to catch up to Seattle and San Francisco, so they need a good draft class to help put them over the top. Here’s a mock draft of what the Cardinals should do in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Round 1, 20th Overall - Ryan Shazier, Linebacker, Ohio State

Ryan Shazier
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Round 1, 20th Overall - Ryan Shazier, Linebacker, Ohio State

Ryan Shazier
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Linebacker is Arizona's biggest need, and Shazier appears to be a perfect fit and a near lock to be available 20th overall. The Cardinals can't afford to make a luxury pick in the first round; they need to address their weaknesses, and picking Shazier does that.

Round 2, 52nd Overall - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End, Washington

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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Round 2, 52nd Overall - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End, Washington

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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One thing Arizona's offense is missing is a tight end who's a down-field threat, and Seferian-Jenkins can give that to them. With the loss of Andre Roberts and Larry Fitzgerald's future with the team a bit uncertain, the Cardinals need to add some offensive firepower, and if Seferian-Jenkins is waiting for them in the second round, he's too good to pass up.

Round 3, 84th Overall - Aaron Murray, Quarterback, Georgia

Aaron Murray
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Round 3, 84th Overall - Aaron Murray, Quarterback, Georgia

Aaron Murray
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It's time for the Cardinals to find Carson Palmer's eventual replacement, and Murray is a great pick. He doesn't need to be ready right away, and he may not be after his injury late last season, but in a year or two, or if Palmer gets injured in the middle of the season, Murray will be ready to take over, and he'd be a great pickup in the third round.

Round 4, 120th Overall - Craig Loston, Safety, LSU

Craig Loston
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Round 4, 120th Overall - Craig Loston, Safety, LSU

Craig Loston
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It's not their biggest priority, but the Cardinals need some help at safety. Arizona already has a few former LSU players on its defense with Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu -- it won't hurt them to add one more.

Round 5, 160th Overall - Storm Johnson, Running Back, Central Florida

Storm Johnson
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Round 5, 160th Overall - Storm Johnson, Running Back, Central Florida

Storm Johnson
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The Cardinals need to add another running back after Rashard Mendenhall retired because Andre Ellington isn't going to be able to handle being a full-time back. Johnson had a great season at Central Florida last year, and he's a good value pick in round five and should be able to team up with Ellington to give Arizona a solid rushing attack.

Round 6, 196th Overall - Charles Leno, Offensive Guard, Boise State

Boise State Charles Leno
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Round 6, 196th Overall - Charles Leno, Offensive Guard, Boise State

Boise State Charles Leno
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Arizona could use some help along the offensive line, and Leno is someone who can backup at multiple positions right away and ultimately develop into a viable starter. Finding him in the sixth round would give the Cardinals an incredibly valuable player.






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