The Arizona Cardinals started the 2012 season a perfect 4-0 only to lose 11 of their final 12 games, which resulted in the firing of former head coach Ken Whisenhunt and the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Arizona hasn't settled on a new head coach yet but, according to one mock draft, they are projected to go with a quarterback for the regime change.
SB Nation's Dan Kadar, in his most recent mock on Jan. 14, has the Cardinals, after they went through four starting quarterbacks in 2012, selecting Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Tyler Wilson with the No. 7 pick. As Kadar writes, this prediction is based on a scenario in which Wilson grows on Arizona throughout the offseason:
In mock drafts, particularly those in January, plenty of hypothetical situations have to be considered. The one here is that Wilson stars at the Senior Bowl and the Cardinals fall in love. Wilson is the draft's toughest quarterback, which he'll need to be behind Arizona's shoddy offensive line. Arizona has weapons at receiver but not a reliable player to get them the ball.
If they were to go in another direction, Kadar thinks the Alabama Crimson Tide's Chance Warmack, an offensive lineman, would also be a strong possibility.
Wilson ranks in as the No. 3 quarterback prospect in Kadar's quarterback prospect rankings.
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