(Sports Network) - Arizona's draft prospects changed markedly earlier this
month when the team acquired veteran quarterback Carson Palmer from the
Palmer may be on the downside on his career and is certainly not the Pro Bowl
player he once was in Cincinnati but he is a massive upgrade on the terrible
triumvirate of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley which eventually cost
Ken Whisenhunt his job in the desert.
Palmer may not be the long-term answer in Glendale but he's a nice stop-gap
and one which enabled the Cards to look past reaching for a signal-caller with
the seventh overall pick if they are really enamored with one.
New head coach Bruce Arians is known for developing young quarterbacks and
will certainly get a developmental one at some point but rebuilding perhaps
the worst offensive line in football trumps that as a priority, as does fixing
a running game which is currently relying on the oft-injured Ryan Williams
since Beanie Wells was released and LaRod Stephens-Howling remains a free
The defense is pretty solid although the team needs to get younger on the
defensive line and wants depth in the defensive backfield even after signing
free agent safety Yeremiah Bell from the Jets and cornerback Antoine Cason
from San Diego.
Almost every mock draft has the Cards going offensive line with the seventh
overall pick but it's unlikely the two top tackles, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel
and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, will be there. If Arizona believes in
Oklahoma LT Lane Johnson, he could be the selection or the Cards could look
inside an guard and Alabama stud Chance Warmack.
Arizona is also reportedly very interested in strong-armed North Carolina
State quarterback Mike Glennon, who would be a great fit in Arians' vertical
offense, in the second round.
2012 Record: 5-11
Top Needs: OL, S, QB, RB
First Three Picks: No. 7, No. 38, No. 69
Number of Selections: 7 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Michael Floyd (WR, Notre Dame); 2011 -
Patrick Peterson (CB, LSU); 2010 - Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee); 2009 - Chris
"Beanie" Wells (RB, Ohio State); 2008 - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB,
Tennessee State); 2007 - Levi Brown (OT, Penn State); 2006 - Matt Leinart (QB,
USC); 2005 - Antrel Rolle (CB, Miami- Florida); 2004 - Larry Fitzgerald (WR,
Pittsburgh), 2003 - Bryant Johnson (WR, Penn State), Calvin Pace (DE, Wake
The Sports Network