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League announces tentative 2013 NFL Draft order, Cardinals have 7 picks

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Arizona has seven picks overall, but less than all the other teams in their division.

Al Bello

While it has been more or less known for some time, the NFL announced the 2013 NFL Draft order, pending compensatory picks. The Arizona Cardinals have seven picks, all in the first six rounds. They have no pick in the seventh round and have two in the sixth, due to a trade before the season started last year that sent cornerback A.J. Jefferson to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Cardinals have the seventh, 38th and 69th picks in the first three rounds. The specific numbers after that will be determined after the compensatory picks are announced. Those picks are tagged on to the end of rounds three through seven. They cannot be traded and are related to free agents lost in the previous offseason. The Cardinals lost free agents Deuce Lutui, Sean Considine and Richard Marshall last offseason, but signed Adam Snyder, James Sanders, William Gay, Quentin Groves and Russ Hochstein (later cut) as unrestricted free agents. It looks unlikely the team will get any compensatory picks.

Looking at the rest of the division, the Cards' picks pale in comparison to the other teams in the NFC West. The 49ers have 11 picks, the Seahawks 10 and the Rams 8. The Rams have two first round picks, Seattle has two in the fifth round and three in the seventh. San Francisco has two each in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh, and they are expecting as many as three compensatory picks, according to Mike Sando.

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