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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Cardinals might take Matt Barkley with first selection

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The Arizona Cardinals have the seventh overall pick and may take a quarterback to help their struggling offense.


Now that the season is over for the Arizona Cardinals, everyone is starting to look forward to guess who the Cardinals will pick with the seventh overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft.

SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has the Cardinals picking USC Trojan's quarterback Matt Barkley with their first-round pick:

Much like Smith probably isn't worth the top pick, this is high for Barkley. When there is a team in need, quarterbacks get overvalued dramatically, and that's the case here. The Cardinals need to take a chance on a first-round quarterback after passing over top signal callers the past two years. The Cardinals unsuccessfully gambled on Matt Leinart in 2006, but it's time to gamble on a USC quarterback again. Don't be surprised if Tyler Wilson of Arkansas gets a long look here as well.

The Cardinals had well documented quarterback troubles throughout the 2012 season. Four different quarterbacks started games for the Cardinals as injuries and poor play took their toll as the team went 5-11 during the season.

Barkley is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Pac-12 history, finishing at the top for pass completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and total yards. He finished the 2012 season with 3,273 yards, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Over his college career, Barkley racked up 12,327 passing yards, 116 touchdowns and 48 interceptions. He didn't play in the Trojans loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl and wasn't medically cleared by the team to play with his injured shoulder.