Dec 30, 2011; Tempe, AZ, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes offensive lineman Riley Reiff (77) during the second quarter against Oklahoma Sooners during the 2011 Insight Bowl at the Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

Riley Reiff Could be a Good Option for Cardinals O-Line in First Round


Though I still firmly believe the Arizona Cardinals will go wide receiver with the number 13 pick in this month’s NFL Draft, there is still a good chance they look to another need, the offensive line.  There are some choices at offensive tackle that will be there for the Cards in the first round.  The issue is, are any of them worthy enough of a 13th pick if they are still there.  That could be the biggest issue. If there is a guy named Riley Reiff out of Iowa, he may be the one guy the Cards could get away with not choosing a receiver and benefiting more from the pick.

Reiff, 6-6 and 313 tackle from Iowa, has great footwork and is flexible to move around on the line if needed.  As a left tackle, he has also played defensive end and tight end.  The one issue scouts are not thrilled with are his short arms.  I think it’s an issue easily overcome though. He also rarely gets beat on pass protection and is a great blocker in the open field.

There are others out there, but they may be reaches.  At one point I thought Jonathan Martin from Stanford would be the best pick there.  He has not had good workouts.  His Combine numbers were a disappointment.

The last thing the Cards need is a reach at number 13, especially on the offensive line.  You could end up with another Levi Brown.  For this reason, I still think wide receiver is the best option and then get a couple of solid lineman in the 3rd and 4th rounds.  It will be hard to pass a guy like Reiff up though.

 

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