Could the Arizona Cardinals begin their rebuilding process by taking an offensive lineman in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft?
The Arizona Cardinals started off well this past season, but quickly fell down to Earth as their quarterback position instability accounted for loss after loss. When Kevin Kolb went down with injury, the list of quarterbacks who took meaningful snaps is almost sad to look at. Guys like Ryan Lindley and John Skelton threw way more interceptions than touchdowns when it was all said and done.
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Arizona could decide that Kolb was doing well before getting hurt, and they may want to move forward with him, or they could try to start fresh and take a quarterback in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Dan Kadar of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday, and he has the Cardinals going in a different direction, taking Eric Fisher, an offensive tackle out of Central Michigan.
Every report from the Senior Bowl last week was that Fisher was the best player on the field. While he can't throw touchdowns for the Cardinals, he's a vast improvement over Nate Potter on the left side. Fisher excels in pass blocking and will only get better in the run game as he gets stronger.
Fisher would definitely help the Cardinals, who had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season. Their quarterbacks were under pressure constantly this past season, and that might alleviate some of the issues at the position going forward.
Still, it's unlikely that securing a strong tackle will take away all of their quarterback woes. But teams do often like to start building their offense around a strong line, so this could be a smart move for a new regime.