The 2013 NFL season isn’t far away, but it’s never too early to look ahead past the season.
After the season, we will have the 2014 NFL draft. The Arizona Cardinals, like all 32 NFL teams, are hoping to pick 32nd in the draft. If they do, it would mean that they won the Super Bowl, as the team that wins it all picks last in the next draft. The team with the worst record picks first.
Where will the Cardinals pick in the 2014 draft? To answer that question, we surveyed our staff.
They will be between 26 to 32. So in other words they will be around the same pick they were this year 6 or 7 maybe 8th, which means another 6 to 7 wins for the season, but it will be because of toughness of schedule and not because of incompetent quarterbacks.
I think the Cardinals will end up picking between 10 and 20 in the 2014 draft. I know that’s a very wide range, but there are so many quality teams in the league right now, that even going 8-8 could land a pick in the top 15 (ex. Cardinals in the 2012 Draft). Obviously it is hard to even guess without watching any games, but the Cardinals are in a good spot because if the offense struggles again and they end up in the top 5, next years QB crop is full of guys with franchise potential (Teddy Bridgewater, Tajh Boyd, etc.).
I think the Cardinals will pick 14th. I think they will win seven games (mainly due to a tough schedule) and easily improve upon their 2012 mark. I don’t think the Cardinals will make the playoffs, as the NFC (particularly the NFC West) is stacked, but they’ll finish in the middle of the pack with a solid campaign.