2013 Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft Review and Analysis

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Apr. 26, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and general manager Steve Keim pose for a photo during a press conference at the Cardinals Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

1. First round, 7th overall: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

When I put out the final rankings for the 2013 NFL Draft, I was shocked to see two guards as my top two prospects, but I think when you rank in terms of the surest bets, Cooper is way up there. The consensus 2012 All-American comes to the Cardinals who are a team in desperate need of some talent on the offensive line, specifically on the interior. Arizona feels pretty good about tackles Levi Brown and Bobby Massie on the edges, but they absolutely had to get better inside. Cooper will absolutely be a day one starter at right guard for this team, and gives the offense some versatility. He can pull better than any guard in this class, and he is as powerful as they come (with the exception of Chance Warmack being slightly better there). I think Cooper deserved to be the first guard off the board, and even though I had Warmack rated one spot higher, I think this pick makes a ton of sense for the Cardinals and could be a move that helps propel them forward in the race for the tough NFC West title.

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