Draft Day Approaching: Who Will the Arizona Cardinals Select in the First round?

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Another school of thought says that drafting a linebacker is important given that Joey Porter will be gone and Clark Haggans is a question mark. However, the Cardinals have several promising young linebackers in Darryl Washington, O’Brien Schofield, and Sam Acho, and they should really make an impact this year, so focusing on another position may be wise. To a certain extent, I subscribe to the Bill Parcells philosophy, which says that you can never have too many good linebackers — and if one of the two Alabama linebakers is still on the board (Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw), I think they may get some consideration by the Cardinals.

However, I still think that the Cardinals most pressing need is the offensive line, which is where I hope they focus their first-round pick. David deCastro of Stanford is a solid offensive guard who will shore up the team’s weak offensive line. If the Cardinals prefer an offensive tackle, Riley Reiff of Iowa is probably the best pick, with Jonathan Martin of Stanford or Mike Adams of Ohio State each strong picks as well if Reiff gets picked before the Cardinals choose.

I sincerely hope we see one of these four offensive linemen in Cardinals red this coming year. I think Kevin Kolb and John Skelton hope so, too.

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Topics: 2012 NFL Draft, Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald, Offensive Lineman

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