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Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) blocks at the line of scrimmage against Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Shakir Soto (52) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals: Offensive Linemen at the Combine

The majority of NFL Draft prognosticators believe the Arizona Cardinals need help badly on the offensive line.  So much so they feel that they will take one in the first round.  That may end up being true, despite the fact the line for the most part played better in 2013 than 2012.  With the combine coming up it’s now time to take a look at the top five offensive linemen who will be participating and the Cards should be looking at.

1 – Zach Martin, Notre Dame

He’s quick and athletic but lacks height and arm length.  Still, he’s a projected middle to high first-round pick.  Rumor is he may be better equipped at guard in the NFL.  He’s still worth the look.

2 – Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

I’ve seen more mock drafts than not that this is the guy the Cards are going to take with their first-round pick.  He has the physicality and quickness but pass protection is considered his weakness.  That makes me hesitate a little bit.

3 – Morgan Moses, Virginia

Has trouble getting low at times and has trouble run blocking at times on the edges. Also has a tendency to over pursue.  However he has great arm length and is considered good against speed rushers.

4 – David Yankey, Stanford

Yes he’s an guard and people will tell you take the tackle over the guard.  I get it but this guy was part of a very good Stanford offensive line.  He has terrific foot movement and mobility.  He’s had to bulk up over the last two years, starting at Stanford just two years ago weighing in at 240-pounds.  He still has technical skills to work on but he’s still the highest rated guard in the draft.

5 – Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

Has great size and patience.  He does tend to over-extend and needs to work on technical skills more.  Has been known to stop his feet at inopportune times as well.

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