We're only three short weeks away from the 2012 NFL Draft and analysts around the country are zeroing in on their final projections, going off of information gleaned from Pro Days, the Combine, interviews, leaks, 'insider information', and sometimes just pure guesswork. National Football Post's Wes Bunting published his Mock Draft 6.0 recently, and made a break from the typical offensive tackle that has been projected to the Cardinals in Stanford's Jonathan Martin. Here's what Wes Bunting had to say:
13. Arizona Cardinals: Iowa OT Riley Reiff
Reiff is an athletic tackle with good range off the edge, natural change of direction skills and has the ability to sit into his stance on contact. He needs to get stronger and fill out a bit more. However, this former tight end recruit has the type of athleticism and demeanor to mature into the kind of blind side protector the Cardinals are looking for.
An interesting prospect, for sure - though there are certainly differing opinions on Reiff's potential.
ESPN's Todd McShay recently had this to say about Reiff:
"It's interesting. There is a lot of depth in the first round. You've got one elite offensive tackle in [Matt] Kalil. Then there is a drop off. Then there are a group of different guys that can fit holes. I think Riley Reiff is never going to be elite, but he's always going to be solid coming out of Iowa. Cordy Glenn is a right tackle prospect. Jonathan Martin needs to get stronger and is maybe not ready to step in and be a good starter at left tackle now, but he has the potential to be."
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