clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2013 NFL Mock Draft: 4 OL in taken in top 10, Cardinals land Johnson

Just another set of first round projections for this month's draft.


In this year's NFL Draft, people have been talking about just how deep the offensive line talent is. Looking at the first round, you can tell. At the very least, it is heavy in potentially elite talent. This is great news for the Arizona Cardinals, who have a big need on the offensive line.

If things go the way that SB Nation's Dan Kadar projects, four offensive linemen will be selected in the first 10 picks, including one guard.

For the Arizona Cardinals, Kadar believes that Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson will be the player that will go with the seventh overall pick.

Although they improved toward the end of the season, neither Bobby Massie or Nate Potter are as good as offensive tackle as Johnson could be. Guard and pass rusher may be just as big of a need for the Cardinals, but both of those positions could be found later in the draft.

Luke Joeckel was gone with the first pick and Eric Fisher only lasted until number four. The fourth lineman that is taken is guard Chance Warmack, who goes at number 10 to the Tennessee Titans.

As for the possibility that a pass rusher could be taken, Ezekiel Ansah is off the board, but Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo and Jarvis Jones are all available at number seven.

The selection of Johnson could be a double positive for the Cards. He would improve the tackle position and he would likely move one of the tackles (Levi Brown, Bobby Massie or Nate Potter) to guard, which could in turn improve the play at that position. In essence, drafting a tackle like Johnson also improved the interior line.

That sounds like a win-win. Any reason why the Cardinals shouldn't do this?

Keep up with Cardinals news and opinions when you are not on the site. Follow Revenge of the Birds on Twitter at @revengeofbirds and "like" us on Facebook. You can follow me individually at @senorjessroot.