Yet another projection lands the Cardinals the West Virginia standout to hopefully solve their quarterback issues.
With the Arizona Cardinals continuing with their need at quarterback, it becomes more and more popular to project a quarterback for the seventh pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. It happened in 2011 with Blaine Gabbert and it is happening again in 2013. This time it is ESPN's Todd McShay, who recently released his third mock draft. In his projections, he has the Cardinals taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, although he is not optimistic at all about the pick.
"I don't have a true first-round grade on Smith, and I don't feel great about slotting him anywhere in the top 10," writes McShay. "But we all know the drill -- quarterbacks will get bumped up the board come April 25, and Smith is likely to be the first quarterback off the board.
"Does Bruce Arians believe that Smith can be the long-term answer for the Cardinals? That's really what this pick comes down to. If not, the Cardinals could upgrade their offensive line by drafting the still developing but exceptionally athletic OT Lane Johnson from Oklahoma."
What is interesting is that McShay mentions Johnson, but not Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, who seems to be gaining more and more traction as perhaps the first tackle taken in the draft. He is available to when Arizona picks and actually is projected to go one pick later by the Buffalo Bills.
Smith is generating buzz from both sides, some expecting big things and others saying he is wildly inconsistent.
The Cardinals draft team has some homework to do. Do they take a risk on a playmaking QB? Do they go with the tackle that could be the line's anchor for years? Unfortunately, in recent history, the team has been burned by doing both. Matt Leinart did not pan out and Levi Brown has been okay at best.
If both Fisher and Smith are on the board, which direction would you go in?
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