LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29: Offensive tackles Jonathan Martin #54 and Cameron Fleming #73 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate after the game with the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 56-48 in three overtimes. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
It is really, really early, but mock drafts will abound. The 2012 NFL Draft isn't even until April and we o not yet even know who is declaring for the draft or not, but as fans we are insatiable. Obviously, things will change, but each week we will update you with possible targets that several mocks drafts are projecting. We can probably all agree that offensive tackle is the Cardinals' number one need, and most know that Andrew Luck will be taken number one overall.
However, while many fans are hoping for USC OT Matt Kalil, he goes long before the Cardinals pick. See what other tackle from the Pac-12 is a possible target, and also what other players some other projections have for the Cards.
SB Nation's weekly mock draft projections (you should definitely look over the whole thing) have Stanford's OT Jonathan Martin going number 13 to the Cardinals. Kalil goes number two overall to the Rams, which would be a good thing to do, considering Sam Bradford already has suffered injuries.
ESPN draft guy Todd McShay put out his first mock draft a little while ago. For the Cardinals, he sees them going in a different direction than offensive line. He projects Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw.
Offensive tackle is a bigger need, but there is a big drop-off in talent after the top three tackles on the board. Upshaw is a good fit for the Cardinals' system given his size, strength and ability to set the edge against the run, and his finishing power as a pass-rusher.