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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Arizona Cardinals Select Wide Receiver Kendall Wright

The Arizona Cardinals were in a tough spot in 2011. While the team certainly wasn't bad, they also lacked the talent and star power to return to the playoffs once again. The Cardinals should be able to help their team greatly as they hold a multitude of picks for the 2012 Draft, including the No. 13 overall selection in the first round. There are various areas of the team they may improve upon, including offensive line help and/or a pass rushing defensive end, but this latest projection has Arizona taking a wide receiver.

Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: The Cardinals surprised many when they stuck to their board and took cornerback Patrick Peterson with the fifth pick overall last April when they had bigger areas of need. Similarly, if there were a pass rusher or offensive tackle worthy of consideration here the Cardinals would obviously be interested but with none of value available, Arizona could be forced to look at alternative options. One attractive possibility would be adding a playmaker opposite Larry Fitzgerald like Wright.

This is one of the higher projections for Wright, although he has reportedly performed very well at Senior Bowl workouts. While he lacks the frame of a prototypical No. 1 wide receiver, his speed and deceptive quickness can make plays happen all over the field. The thought of Wright and Fitzgerald on the same field would be very scary for opposing defenses in the NFC West.

For more on Arizona and their draft plans, head on over to Revenge Of The Birds.