NFL Mock Draft 2013: Cardinals could use first round pick on offensive lineman

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The Cardinals badly need to go in a new direction at quarterback, but there may not be anyone worth drafting with their first round pick in 2013.

Projected to have the 11th overall pick in the draft, the Arizona Cardinals take Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews in the latest mock draft from Peter Schrager of FOX Sports. While he notes the franchise's need for a new quarterback, Schrager doesn't see one worth selecting that early in next year's draft.

"Arizona gets the 11th overall pick and has obvious quarterback needs, but there are no quarterbacks worth taking here," Schrager writes. "I think the Cardinals stick with Kevin Kolb for another season and finally -- after years of ignoring it -- take an offensive lineman in the first round."

Noting that Matthews can play either left or right tackle, as well as his readiness for the rigors of professional football, Schrager sees the lineman as an "immediate upgrade" to the Cardinals' offense. Considering that the Cards rank 28th in passing offense and dead last in rushing offense this year, that shouldn't be too hard.

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