Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, people expect the Arizona Cardinals to draft a left tackle with their first round selection -- the 20th pick overall. However, according to NFL Netwoork analyst Mike Mayock, this is not the case. He spoke to the media at length on a conference call about the draft and he was asked about the Cardinals taking a tackle.
He believes that Notre Dame's Zack Martin and Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio will be available and will go around number 20, but "do the Cardinals buy into (Martin) as a tackle?"
Mayock does not believe that the Cards' chances of landing an upgrade at tackle are done if the don't pick one in the first round. He believes that in the second or even in the third there will be starter-quality tackles.
"Morgan Moses, Brandon Thomas from Clemson who is a tackle or a guard, but I think he's a tackle, he would probably go late second round," he explained. "There's a guy named Joel Bitonio from Nevada that most of the fans out there never heard of; he's going to be a second or third round tackle that starts immediately; Jack Mewhort from Ohio State, second or third round starting tackle."
Moses is a guy whose name has come up for the Cards in the first round, but these other guys have not come up so far.
With a deep draft in 2014, maybe it would be in the team's best interest to wait until Round 2 to grab their tackle and still get an impactful difference maker at another position.