NFL Mock Draft 2012: Projections Affecting the Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have been long connected to offensive linemen as we all wait for the 2012 NFL Draft. But projections can change weekly. It is time to take a look at the players that are or could be connected to the Cardinals and the NFL Draft.

Our own ROTB mock draft had a surprise, having WR Justin Blackmon fall a la Matt Leinart to the 13th pick, where Arizona scoops him up to recreate the elite passing game that was so successful with Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston.

Over at SB Nation and their mock draft, David DeCastro is still the pick.

Arizona needs help all along the front five. Just ask Kevin Kolb. DeCastro has rare talent for an interior lineman. If guards were valued as highly in the draft as tackles, he would be a top 10 pick, and the world should applaud any team that decides to draft him that highly. For now, we will assume the Cardinals grab him.

CBS Sports has not changed their picks for the Cardinals in their mock draft. It is DeCastro and Kendall Wright.

ESPN has mixed up their big board (Insider access required to read it all). Four offensive linemen make the top 13 players in the draft. Ideally, one of them will be available. There is Matt Kalil, Riley Reiff, Mike Adams and DeCastro that are all considered to be among the best prospects in this year's draft.

Projections will continue coming in. We will keep you posted.

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