Arizona Cardinals 1st Round Options:2013 NFL Draft

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November 10, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) during a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Barkevious Mingo – The Cardinals were 11th in the league last year with 38 sacks. However O’Brien Schofield and Sam Acho only had 4 sacks each. They need to get more pressure from their OLB positions. Mingo brings the quickest jump off the snap that I can ever remember seeing. He has great closing speed and flexibility to get around tackles and get to the QB. He needs to add some mass to his frame, but that shouldn’t be a problem when he hits the NFL weight room. He needs to get better in the run game and coverage, but his pass rush potential can’t be ignored.

November 12, 2011; Stanford, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive end Dion Jordan (96) sacks Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck (second from right) during the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Dion Jordan – Dion Jordan is an amazing athlete and is one of the most intriguing prospects in this draft. He showed a great ability to get to the QB last year at Orgeon. His hips are very fluid and he plays really well in space. He used to play WR and TE and he can cover TEs and RBs in space. He has a good motor and doesn’t quit on any play, often making plays on the other side of the field. He needs to add some muscle to his frame, as right now he is a little lanky. Has a shoulder injury, but shouldn’t bother him since he had surgery.

Sept 1, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns free safety Kenny Vaccaro (4) intercepts a pass intended for Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Chris McNeil (80) during the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Vaccaro – This is probably too high for a safety, but the Cardinals just released Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson this offseason. The Cardinals now lost both of their starting safeties and Vaccaro is the #1 safety in this draft. Last year Mark Barron went at this exact same spot. Vaccaro brings a versatility that he can cover the slot WR or play deep. He is a good athlete, but not an elite athlete. Shows good aggressiveness in the run game, but can be over aggressive. Hasn’t shown the ability to ball hawk, having only 5 INTs in college.

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