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Arizona Cardinals 2013 first-round mock draft

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How analysts are projecting the first-round picks for the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft:

Matt "Money" Smith

No. 7: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

I wasn't willing to watch them pass on Geno Smith when it looked like Drew Stanton would be taking the snaps this season, but you can sell Carson Palmer to that fan base. Johnson helps to solidify an offensive line that was horrible last season. Get your QB project in the second or third round, or try again next year.
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Charles Davis

No. 7: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The star of the NFL Scouting Combine (Big Man category) will help Carson Palmer acclimate quicker, allowing the new QB to find WR Larry Fitzgerald downfield.
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Daniel Jeremiah

No. 7: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

There has been plenty of chatter about the Cardinals passing on an offensive tackle in favor of a pass rusher. If they decide to go in that direction, Ziggy Ansah and Barkevious Mingo are two names to keep in mind.
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Bucky Brooks

No. 7: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The Cardinals' trade for Carson Palmer, which likely took them out of the quarterback market in the first round, made rebuilding the offensive line a priority. Cooper is an athletic freak with the talent and skill to become a perennial Pro Bowler early in his career.
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

No. 7: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

Arizona's quarterbacks struggled mightily last season, but it didn't help that they were being knocked around all game. The Cardinals' top priority has to be beefing up their protection. Johnson has built a bunch of momentum from the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine and would be an ideal pick.
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Gil Brandt

No. 7: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

The fast-rising prospect has been one of the surprises of the pre-draft season. The funny thing was, for some reason, there weren't any offensive line coaches at Oklahoma's Pro Day to work him out. I can't figure out why that happened. The Cardinals could also opt for a quarterback.
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Charley Casserly

No. 7: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

The Cardinals fill a huge need with an outside pass rusher and take a quarterback later in the draft.
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Josh Norris

No. 7: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

With the moves this team made at the quarterback position, some pass protection is an obvious fit.
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AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins*
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks*
* Do not have first-round picks


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