The consensus seems to be that the Arizona Cardinals draft will be fraught early and often with offensive linemen to remedy the terrible situation the team put itself in last season. Luke Joeckel, Chance Warmack and Eric Fisher are the soup du jour currently slated for the seventh overall pick while other thunderthighs could be in the first half of the Cards draft sights.
But in a perfect day where will they all fit on the current roster?
If one of the trio is selected, they would have to be pegged as an immediate starter. Joeckel and Fisher are left tackles in the spot currently occupied by Levi Brown. (Who had season-ending tricep surgery but is expected back for OTAs.) Warmack plays left guard, a position anchored by Daryn Colledge. Would either be replaced or moved?
Brown has experience on the right side playing right tackle the first part of his career (including SB year) but is rated a better southpaw guy according to Pro Football Focus. And where would that place Robert Massie, who improved so much in the second half of last season, that he gave up only one sack?
If Warmack was the choice, would he supplant Colledge? You could move Warmack or Colledge to right guard but where does that place Adam Snyder?
Another obstruction could be the money made by the current starters. While Massie is still under thumb with his rookie contract, Colledge (3.8 million plus 100,000 roster bonus), Brown (4.75 mil) and Snyder (2.9 mil) make a lot of dollars to see them sit. Brown was released then re-signed last year and Colledge restructured. (I would expect Snyder to refinance, also.) So, if the roster stays static and one of the OLers is the Cardinal's first pick, who sits?
To me, the obvious solution if Joeckel or Fisher is drafted is move Brown to right tackle. If the draft card is Warmack, plug him at right guard and let Snyder take the Rich Orhnberger role of jack-of-all-trades backup.
But hey baby, when you take a walk on the blind side, you never know.
..and the colored girls go "Doo,do, doo, do, doo, do, do, doo,