Cardinals are going to upgrade their O-line ... right?
2013 NFL Draft: Team needs
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We're not convinced the Cardinals don't use their first pick (seventh overall) to upgrade the line, whether that be at tackle (Lane Johnson?) or guard (Jonathan Cooper?). But if the offensive line really isn't Arizona's early-round focus, then what is?
Safety is certainly an option. The team released both Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson. In steps the untested Rashad Johnson and free-agent acquisition Yeremiah Bell, a nice stopgap who turned 35 last month. Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) would be a stretch in the first, but he's a versatile player who can help the defense on multiple levels. John Cyprien (Florida International) and Matt Elam (Florida) are possible second-round options.
We're sure Arians sees a big comeback season from Mendenhall (who he coached in Pittsburgh), but Mendenhall was slow to come back from his own ACL surgery in 2012. Alabama's Eddie Lacy -- widely believed to be the best back in this class -- might be available with the sixth pick of the second round.