NFL Draft 2013: Cardinals may look for QB in later rounds

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona has struggled mightily at the quarterback position in 2012, but there aren't surefire upgrades in the draft this year.

The Arizona Cardinals are out of the hunt for the playoffs and now are merely playing for pride and their final draft position. The Cards currently sit at No. 7 in the draft and are looking for solutions on offense at multiple positions. There's no denying that the two units that have struggled the most in 2012 have been the offensive line and quarterbacks.

Taking a look at Mocking the Draft's 2013 NFL Draft Top 100 Big Board will show that there will be multiple options at the offensive tackle position if Arizona remains around the top 10. Taylor Lewan out of Michigan and Jake Matthews out of Texas A&M could both come in with a chance to solidify the edge.

But what about quarterback?

This year won't provide nearly the depth at QB that 2012 did. The top quarterback prospect from Mocking the Draft is Geno Smith of West Virginia at No. 16. If the Cardinals were to win out, they could very well end up in that slot. Smith has shown to be far more accurate in college than current quarterback project Ryan Lindley ever was at San Diego State.

If Arizona doesn't take Smith in the first round, then it will have to hope to catch a possibly undervalued guy in later rounds, as the Seahawks did with Russell Wilson. Matt Barkley (No. 30), Tyler Wilson (No. 36), and Mike Glennon (No. 39) are all fringe first-round prospects that may be available to the Cards in the second round.

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