Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The Arizona Cardinals finished the 2012 regular season with a 5-11 record and have earned the No. 7 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Will they go after a quarterback?
The Arizona Cardinals started out with a promising 4-0 record, and then everything went downhill. Not only did starting quarterback Kevin Kolb play his last full game of the season in Week 5, but after Week 4, the Cardinals would only win one more game. The defense can't be blamed. They finished the regular season with a fairly high-ranked defense, especially the passing defense. The offense, however, was ranked dead last.
Now that the regular season is over, the Cardinals can begin to plan for the offseason, which includes the 2013 NFL Draft. The Cardinals, being one of those teams that have their selection spot locked in, will go on the clock at No. 7 in the first round of the upcoming draft, after the Browns and before the Bills.
With the No. 7 overall pick, the Cardinals could either look to take a quarterback early, or they could put their faith back in Kolb and look to shore up the offensive line that allowed more sacks than any other in the league. USC quarterback Matt Barkley will still likely be available when the Cards go on the clock, as will Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan.
Only time will tell what the Cardinals will be thinking during the draft and so much will happen between now and then. The only think that is for certain is that the Cards will be picking early in the upcoming draft.