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ROTB Community Mock Draft, Pick 13: Selecting For the Arizona Cardinals

This pick was made by GreaZzy

With the 13th pick in the NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The way this community mock draft has been going, the Cardinals have been put in a tough spot. The ability to stick to the board, and still fill a need quickly evaporated with Blackmon, Floyd, Ingram, Rieff, DeCastro, and Kuechly all being selected. This narrowed down my thinking into two possible directions, I could reach for a need with Jonathan Martin, especially since Demetress Bell signed with the Eagles, or stick to the board and go for the best player available. Going with the Whisenhunt favoured BPA approach, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of the Crimson Tide fell to the Cardinals.

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On my personal Big Board, Kirkpatrick sits tenth, above both Rieff and Martin, our brother site Mocking the Draft has him ranked ninth, and this "consensus" big board, taken from a plethora of draftnik's Big Boards, has him ranked 13th. Kirkpatrick is a powerful cornerback, fitting perfectly into Ray Horton's scheme, and has great awareness and ball skills. Best combination of size and athleticism in a conerback in this draft. Reaching for need in the draft is not how you should build a consistent contender, and despite arguably low need for defensive backs, Kirkpatrick is likely the best player available, and adds talent to a very important position.

What do you think about picking up Kirkpatrick in this scenario?

Also, we need to fill a few more teams. Feel free to volunteer to take an available team, even if you already have one (or two).

Results/Draft lineup:

1. Colts (psknapp), Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Redskins (psknapp), Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Vikings (blank_38), Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Browns (Cardsdefense), Trent Richardson, RB. Alabama

5. Bucs (b0rd3rline) Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. Rams (blank_38 and Cardsdefense) Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St

7. Jags (JSteezy) Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

8. Dolphins (alaskancard) Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

9. Panthers (hevchv) Quinton Coples, DE

10. Bills (skid83) Riley Reiff, OT Iowa

11. Chiefs (StuckinColorado) David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

12. Seahawks (LAcardsfan) Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

13. Cardinals (GreaZzy) Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

14. Cowboys (Friday April 6) KDean75

15. Eagles (Sat April 7) kj197728

16. Jets (Sun April 8) DrullinOverDaCards

17. Bengals (Mon April 9) CincyFan93

18. Chargers (Tues April 10) blank_38

19. Bears (Wed April 11) Kdean75

20. Titans (Thurs April 12)

21. Bengals (Fri April 13) CincyFan93

22. Browns (Sat April 14) Cardsdefense

23. Lions (Sun April 15)

24. Steelers (Mon April 16) Steamin Beamin

25. Broncos (Tues April 17) lacardsfan

26. Texans (Wed April 18) b0rd3rline

27. Patriots (Thurs April 19) psknapp

28. Packers (Fri April 20) GreaZzy

29. Ravens (Sat April 21)

30. 49ers (Sun April 22)

31. Patriots (Mon April 23) psknapp

32. Giants (Tues April 24) skid83