Guard Comparisons in the 2013 draft

As I did with the Tight Ends I have ranked the players based on the overall rankings
I used the following sites; DraftTek for the overall ranking as shown on the first column on the left of the chart and Draft Ace, National Football Post and Couch Scout for the individual grades. Drafttek was chosen because they have a 7 round draft so they must rank everyone. DraftAce, National Football Post and Couch Scout were selected because they assign a numerical value to each player rather than just rank them one thru ten.
There are many mock draft sites; the most interesting ones for me at this point are those that make 5 to 7 rounds of picks. www.nfldraftblitz and are solid sites that allow you to follow the flow of the draft.

There has been a constant refrain from those who would prefer a OLB taken in the first round of the 2013 draft to say that OL can come later in the draft. I disagree. There exceptional talent in this draft early the talent drop-off is severe. Yes there will be starters drafted in the 4th, 5th and 6th round, developmental players, yes, but not immediate starters, There are more compelling and impactful OLB talent in those rounds that OL starters.

Chance Warmack #9 - 95 8.3 490
Jonathan Cooper #17 8 93 8.0 496
Larry Warford #44 27 85 7.7 431

Brian Winters #85 33 84 5.8 347
Justin Pugh #110 25 77 7.4 454
Alvin Bailey #135 62 62 6.0 448
Dallas Thomas #220 85 69 6.0 397
Hugh Thornton #247 27 64 5.8 423

There is enough written about Warmack Cooper and Warford on draft sites and the player have been covered well enough. Two points. Warford is part of the top three because he has played very well against top talent in the Senior Bowl. The recent Mel Kiper Mock draft of Arizona not taking OL talent in the first three rounds is a real possibility if they do not draft for need and trades create a surprising impact.
The need for drafting QB talent too high has passed with the trades of Smith to KC and Campbell to AZ. Therefore there is little for Buffalo or the Jets to worry about. If they need QB talent it will be there in the second round. However with the desire to trade up for Eric Fisher, Joeckel and Johnson means that the run on first round Guard talent may take Cooper and Warmack off the boards. Many teams that expect Warford to be available in the mid-second round will be very wrong.

None of the talent in Guard after Warford are immediate starters. Winters has a risk of being a bust. (Walter Football.) He arms are too short and has not faced significantly talented players in college. Pugh was a OT in College but his arms are too short to be a OT and his power is too weak to be a starter in the first year.

The NFC West is very competitive and for the Arizona Cardinals to have a successful draft in 2013 means they should draft players that will be plug and play starters in rounds one, two and three.
The seventh pick is high enough to accomplish that goal, given the talent in the top 50 players in the draft. There are 3 OT and 3 OG players that project to be starters.
If the Cardinals draft for potential in the first round, ie. Mingo or Anash, those six players will be gone at the 38th pick and there is a very strong chance that the OL will remain one of the worst in the NFL.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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