The Arizona Cardinals do not have a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. They have fairly good placement in the first round, but will have to make the most of that selection, since they will not have another opportunity to shore up their roster via the draft until the third round. A recent mock draft recommends that the Cardinals may want to look close to home to make their first round pick.
Dion Caputi at NFLDraftUpdate has a bit of an unorthodox take on who the Cardinals should select in the first round as the No. 13 overall pick: Arizona St. Sun Devils inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Here is Caputi's take:
Although the bust factor is undeniable, Vontaze Burfict possesses All-Pro potential. His strength and power-blitzing game is a perfect compliment to the speedy and athletic style of Darryl Washington. Burfict adds more toughness and a legitimate presence to Arizona's defensive front.
It's an interesting option, but I think the "bust factor" will keep the Cardinals away from Burfict. If they choose to go the defense route in the first round, there are stronger options available who would be less of a risk, especially at No. 13 in the first round.