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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Arizona Cardinals Select Malcolm Floyd, Don'ta Hightower

The Arizona Cardinals have numerous areas of need to address at the 2012 NFL Draft, one of which is at wide receiver. While the franchise already has an All-Pro option on one side of the field with Larry Fitzgerald, another one to help fill the void left by Anquan Boldin a few seasons ago would be huge for whichever quarterback is starting that week. This year's draft class isn't particularly deep with WR talent, but one of the guys projected for the first round hails from Notre Dame.

In the latest mock draft from Revenge of the Birds, Michael Floyd will be selected by Arizona next week.

13. Arizona Cardinals - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. With that in mind (that the team isn't interested in David DeCastro), and all of the talk of Floyd linked to Arizona, Michael Floyd is the selection here. While the Cardinals have tried many different internal options at the number two wide receiver position since Aquan Boldin was traded to the Ravens, non of them have stuck. With Larry Fitzgerald as a mentor, Floyd could very well put his act together and become the elite receiver his physical talents suggest he could be. Its an exciting choice for fans, and could help out the Cardinals inconsistent offense.

In addition to upgrading the offense in the first round, Revenge of the Birds also thinks a trade could happen. Could Alabama linebacker Don'ta Hightower be a fit with the Cardinals?

27. Arizona Cardinals from New England Patriots - Don'ta Hightower, ILB, Alabama. I'm not here to mock what pieces would be exchanged in this trade and I realize the Cardinals don't have a second round pick, but I'm not a GM, so you can figure out what it would take to trade up, I just think the prospect of drafting Hightower is too good to pass up on. Hightower instantly starts beside Washington, giving the Cardinals a great young linebacking corps with O'Brien Schofield and Sam Acho on the outside. Hightower is the prototypical 3-4 SILB and drastically improves one of the most important positions on the Cardinals defense. I'm a big fan of Hightower and you gotta figure the Cardinals are too, but will they be willing to pay the price to move up? That's for you to decide.

The first round of the NFL Draft is scheduled for April 26.

For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds.